Moore County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Moore County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Moore County, Texas
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Facts
Founded August 21, 1876
County Seat Dumas
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County Information

County Courthouse

Moore County Courthouse
County Clerk - Brenda McKanna
715 S. Dumas Ave. Room 107
Dumas, Texas 79029
Email: bmckanna@moore-tx.com
Phone: 806-935-2009
2nd Phone: 806-935-6164
FAX: 806-935-9004

County Clerk website


County Clerk has birth, death, burial, probate and court records from 1901, marriage records from 1894
and land records from 1877; District Clerk has divorce records[1]

District Clerk

715 Dumas Ave. Rm 109
Dumas 79029
Phone: 806-935-4218
Fax: 806-935-6325

Moore County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1892 1890 1882 1892

History

Parent County

1876--Moore County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District.

  • County seat: Dumas [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Cactus | Dumas | Sunray | Masterson

Neighboring Counties

Carson  • Dallam  • Hansford  • Hartley  • Hutchinson  • Oldham  • Potter  • Sherman

Dallam CountySherman CountyHansford CountyHutchinson CountyMoore CountyHartley CountyOldham CountyPotter CountyCarson CountyTX MOORE.JPG

Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
189015
19002091,293.3%
1910561168.4%
19205711.8%
19301,555172.3%
19404,461186.9%
195013,349199.2%
196014,77310.7%
197014,060−4.8%
198016,57517.9%
199017,8657.8%
200020,12112.6%
201021,9048.9%

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


Court

Land

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Moore County, Texas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas Local Histories.

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War
World War I

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Moore County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Top of Texas Genealogical and Historical Society
219 Cherry
Dumas, TX 79029
contact Sharon Gibbins Bean
E-mail ceb@xit.net

Killgore Memorial Library
124 S Bliss Ave
Dumas, TX 79029
Telephone Number: 806-935-4941
Website

Window on the Plains Museum
1820 South Dumas Ave
Highway 87-287
Dumas, TX 79029
Telephone Number:806-935-3113
Fax: 806-934-3621
website Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

  • Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites

  • Moore County Archives  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Moore County  ~  TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
  • FamilySearch Catalog — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Moore County, Texas. Page 670 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).