Texas, Mills County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Texas, Mills County Clerk Records, 1841-1985 .
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Mills, Texas, United States
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Location of Mills County, Texas
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1841-1985
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What is in the Collection?

These records begin as early as 1841 and generally continue through 1935 with some continuing on until 1985.

This collection consists of the following:

  • Commissioner's Court records
  • District Court records (includes Divorce records)
  • Land records
  • Naturalization records
  • Probate records
  • Vital records

The county was organized and created 15 March 1887 from Comanche, Brown, Hamilton, and Lampasas counties. The court minutes are generally handwritten in bound volumes. Probate records are usually loose, handwritten pages that have put together in an envelope called a packet. Vital records are usually handwritten on pre-printed pages. Many marriages recorded in the South, are separated by race in volumes, books, or registers. Be sure to check to determine if you have the right set of marriage records.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, Mills County Clerk Records, 1841-1985.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The birth and delayed birth records may contain:

  • Date of the record
  • Child’s name, gender and race
  • Legitimacy
  • Child's birth date and place of birth
  • Father's full name, age, race and occupation
  • Mother's maiden name, age, race and occupation
  • Parents' nationality
  • Parents' residence
  • Live birth or stillborn
  • Number of living children of mother
  • Name of informant

Marriage records may contain:

  • Names and ages of bride and groom
  • Marriage date and place
  • Name of person performing the ceremony

Death records may contain:

  • Precinct, county and state where death occurred
  • Full name and gender of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Age of deceased in years, months and days
  • Race, occupation and marital status of deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents and their birthplace
  • Residence of deceased
  • Name of spouse
  • Name of informant
  • Burial date and place of interment
  • Name of undertaker

Probate cases may contain:

  • Name of the testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
  • Description and value of personal property or land owned by the deceased

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How Do I Search the Collection?

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  • The name of the individual or individuals.
  • The approximate date of the event.
  • The type of event.

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What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Texas, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Texas Archives and Libraries.

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Collection Citation:

"Texas, Mills County Clerk Records, 1841-1985." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Mills County Clerk's Office, Goldthwaite.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, Mills County Clerk Records, 1841-1985.

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