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Guide to Wood 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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Wood County, Texas
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Facts
Founded 5 February, 1850
County Seat Quitman
Courthouse
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Address Wood County Courthouse
PO Box 338
Quitman, TX 75783-0338
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County Information

County Courthouse

Wood County Courthouse
PO Box 338
Quitman, TX 75783-0338
Phone: 903.763.2711 

County Clerk has birth and death records Clerk has birth
and death records from 1903, marriage,land and probate
records from 1879, cemetery and court records, military
records from 1918; District Clerk has divorce records[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 1796
Quitman 75783
Phone: 903-763-2711
Fax: 903-763-5641

District Clerk

P.O. Box 1707
Quitman 75783
Phone: 903-763-2361

Wood County has had four courthouses. They were built in 1851, 1854, 1883 and 1925, the current courthouse.

Wood County Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1879 1860 1878 1878


History

1824, 1852, 1845 The area was originally Caddo Indian country. The first settler arrived in 1824, the first school opened in 1852 and the first newspaper was published in 1845.

Parent County

1850--Wood County was created 5 February 1850 from Van Zandt County.

  • County seat: Quitman [2]

Boundary Changes

1870--A western section of Wood County was used to form the new Rains County. [3]

Record Loss

1878--Courthouse and all county records were destroyed by fire in December 1878.

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Camp  • Franklin  • Hopkins  • Rains  • Smith  • Upshur  • Van Zandt

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Resources

Cemeteries

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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census

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 Wood 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.

  • Wood County, 1850–1900, 1976, by the Wood County Historical Society.An overview of Wood County, Texas from roughly 1850 to 1900, includes historical sketches of various aspects of life in the county as well as anecdotes. Genealogical information and documentation are also included for pioneer families in the area.  Read the book on line from The Portal to Texas History.
  • History of Mineola, Texas; "Gateway to the Pines", 1973 by Lucille Jones. Read the book online from The Portal to Texas History.
  • Wood County History from The Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

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

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

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

Vital Records

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records 

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Wood County Genealogical Society
PO Box 832
Quitman 75783

The Genealogy Research Room of the Wood County
Quitman Public Library
202 E. Goode Street
Quitman, Texas
Telephone Number: 903-763-4191

Society Mailing Address
P.O. Box 832
Quitman, Texas 75783

E-mail:wcgstx@gmail.com

Society Facebook Page Link: Wood County Texas Genealogy Research Community

Wood County Texas Web site: [1]


OPHGR Organization for the Preservation of Historical and Genealogical Records, Canton, TX
P. Vinson, President;   email    Website

These folks go to county courthouses, churches and other places where old documents and records are housed. They either scan the very old records with their oversized scanner or they transcribe those old documents and then publish them as books. Membership is $10.00/year if you have an email address and you get their Newsletter sent to you quarterly. Visit their web site for Publication Listings as well as membership information.

They also host several workshops during the year. Topics include: Beginning Researcher, Internet Research, Beginner Computer Help as well as Native American/Melungeon/African American Research.

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

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • 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), Wood County, Texas. Page 676 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).
  3. Handbook of Texas Online: Wood County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcw15