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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties B|Counties B]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Brown County'' <br>
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Guide to '''Brown County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Brown County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. <br>
  
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
  
[http://www.browncountytx.org/ips/cms Brown County Courthouse]<br> 200 S Broadway Street<br> Brownwood, TX 76801<br> Phone: 915.643.2594&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth records from 1900, <br>death records from 1903, marriage, land,<br>probate, court and military records from 1880; <br>District Court has divorce records from 1880<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Texas. Page 659 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Brown County
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1856
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| founded date = August 27
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| seat = Brownwood
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| building address = Brown County Courthouse<br>200 S Broadway Street<br> Brownwood, TX 76801<br> Phone: 325-643-2594<br>[http://www.browncountytx.org/ '''Brown County Website'''] }}  
  
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== County Information ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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County Clerk has birth records from 1900, <br>death records from 1903, marriage, land,<br>probate, court and military records from 1880; <br>District Court has divorce records from 1880<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Texas. Page 659 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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'''County Clerk'''
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200 S. Broadway<br>Brownwood 76801<br>Phone: 325-643-2594
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'''District Clerk'''
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200 S. Broadway<br>Brownwood 76801<br>Phone: 325-646-5514
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==== Brown County, Texas Record Dates ====
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate|Probate]]'''
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1856--'''Brown County was created 27 August 1856 from [[Comanche County, Texas|Comanche]] and [[Travis County, Texas|Travis]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Brownwood <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1856--'''Brown County was created 27 August 1856 from [[Comanche County, Texas Genealogy|Comanche]] and [[Travis County, Texas Genealogy|Travis]] Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Brownwood <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
The county was named for Henry Stevenson Brown, (1793-1834), early settler, trader, and Indian fighter, who was born in Madison County, Kentucky, on March 8, 1793, the son of Caleb and Jemima (Stevenson) Brown.  
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The county was named for Henry Stevenson Brown, (1793-1834), early settler, trader, and Indian fighter, who was born in Madison County, Kentucky, on March 8, 1793, the son of Caleb and Jemima (Stevenson) Brown.
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Brown, Blanket|place|disp=Blanket}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Brown, Brownwood|place|disp=Brownwood}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Brown, Zephyr|place|disp=Zephyr}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Callahan County, Texas|Callahan]]  
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[[Callahan County, Texas Genealogy|Callahan]] {{•}} [[Coleman County, Texas Genealogy|Coleman]] {{•}} [[Comanche County, Texas Genealogy|Comanche]] {{•}} [[Eastland County, Texas Genealogy|Eastland]] {{•}} [[McCulloch County, Texas Genealogy|McCulloch]] {{•}} [[Mills County, Texas Genealogy|Mills]] {{•}} [[San Saba County, Texas Genealogy|San Saba]]  
*[[Coleman County, Texas|Coleman]]  
 
*[[Comanche County, Texas|Comanche]]  
 
*[[Eastland County, Texas|Eastland]]  
 
*[[McCulloch County, Texas|McCulloch]]  
 
*[[Mills County, Texas|Mills]]  
 
*[[San Saba County, Texas|San Saba]]
 
  
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<center>{{TXBrown County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
Cemetery Books available from the [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society]  
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=46&GScnty=2544&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2544 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=25 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Brown+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/brown.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Brown/ListBrown.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/brown/browntoc.htm USGW Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/brown/brown-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Texas&county=Brown&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/brown-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://brown.historictexas.net/places/cemeteries.htm TXGenWeb Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22600&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=37&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/brown.htm Interment]
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''Additional Cemetery Sources''
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Cemetery Books available from the [http://browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society]  
  
 
*''History of Greanleaf Cemetery''  
 
*''History of Greanleaf Cemetery''  
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/brown/places/church-list.htm List of Churches in Brown County] from the Brown County TXGenWeb site.  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/brown/places/church-list.htm List of Churches in Brown County] from the Brown County TXGenWeb site.  
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
*Brown County Bounty-Land Warrant Files A-S are available at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.
 
*Brown County Bounty-Land Warrant Files A-S are available at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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*'''1906 - 1989'''  {{RecordSearch|1389983|Texas, Naturalization Records, 1906-1989}} — index and images
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*''Brown County, Texas, 1956-1985,'' published 1987 by Estill Franklin Allen, Brown County Historical Society.  
 
*''Brown County, Texas, 1956-1985,'' published 1987 by Estill Franklin Allen, Brown County Historical Society.  
*''In the Live and Lives of Brown County People'', 23 volumes, available from the [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society]  
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*''In the Live and Lives of Brown County People'', 23 volumes, available from the [http://browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society]  
*''The Promised Land: A history of Brown County,'' 1941, by James C. White, available from the [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society] &nbsp; [http://www.rootsweb.com/~txbrown/the_promised_land.html Partial transcription online] at the Brown County TXGenWeb site.  
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*''The Promised Land: A history of Brown County,'' 1941, by James C. White, available from the [http://browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society] &nbsp; [http://www.rootsweb.com/~txbrown/the_promised_land.html Partial transcription online] at the Brown County TXGenWeb site.  
*''Something About Brown,'' 1958, by Dr. T. R. Havins., available from the [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society]  
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*''Something About Brown,'' 1958, by Dr. T. R. Havins., available from the [http://browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society]  
 
*''Frontier's Generation,'' 1931, by Tevis Clyde Smit.  
 
*''Frontier's Generation,'' 1931, by Tevis Clyde Smit.  
*''Blanket, Texas Community History'' 1983, with an Edition compiled in 2000, by Estill Franklin Allen, available from the [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society]  
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*''Blanket, Texas Community History'' 1983, with an Edition compiled in 2000, by Estill Franklin Allen, available from the [http://browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society]  
*''Early Communities of Lake Brownood'' by Pattie Lee Cross Weedon, available from the [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society]  
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*''Early Communities of Lake Brownood'' by Pattie Lee Cross Weedon, available from the [http://browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society]  
*''Pioneer Women of Brownwood, History &amp; Genealogy of Brown County Sheriffs 1858-2008, Last Train to Blanket,'' and other [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Books available from the Brown County Historical Society]<br>  
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*''Pioneer Women of Brownwood, History &amp; Genealogy of Brown County Sheriffs 1858-2008, Last Train to Blanket,'' and other [http://browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Books available from the Brown County Historical Society]<br>  
*''Frontier Times Magazine'' by J. Marvin Hunter.&nbsp; Database of magazines 1923-1954 located at the [http://www.heritageassociationofbrowncounty.org/genealogy_library.html Local History &amp; Genealogy Library]&nbsp; The magazines chronicle life in Western and Central Texas in the mid to late 1800s and early 1900s and feature county and town histories, lives of interesting people, biographies of Texas Rangers, etc.&nbsp; [http://www.frontiertimesmagazine.com/ Index to the magazines] at Frontier Times website.<br>
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*''Frontier Times Magazine'' by J. Marvin Hunter.&nbsp; Database of magazines 1923-1954 located at the [http://heritageassociationofbrowncounty.org/genealogy_library.html Local History &amp; Genealogy Library]&nbsp; The magazines chronicle life in Western and Central Texas in the mid to late 1800s and early 1900s and feature county and town histories, lives of interesting people, biographies of Texas Rangers, etc.&nbsp; [http://www.frontiertimesmagazine.com/ Index to the magazines] at Frontier Times website.<br>
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=4806 Brown County General Highway Map 1940] from the Texas State Library.<br>  
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[[Image:Txbrown.jpg|400px|Txbrown.jpg]]
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5068 Brown County General Highway Map 1961] [http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5069 Detail of Brownwood and other towns] in Brown County from the Texas State Library.  
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*Map of Historic Brown County with locations of former small communities, schools, etc. available from the [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/bcmoh.html Brown County Museum of History] and the [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/genealogylibrary.html History and Genealogy Research Library]<br>  
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*'''1940''' [http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=4806 Brown County General Highway Map] from the Texas State Library.<br>  
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*'''1961''' [http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5068 Brown County General Highway Map] [http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5069 Detail of Brownwood and other towns] in Brown County from the Texas State Library.  
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*Map of Historic Brown County with locations of former small communities, schools, etc. available from the [http://browncountyhistory.org/bcmoh.html Brown County Museum of History] and the [http://browncountyhistory.org/genealogylibrary.html History and Genealogy Research Library]<br>  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenweb site.
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenweb site.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://heritageassociationofbrowncounty.org/veterans_memorials.html Veterans Memorials in Brown County] from the Heritage Association Brown County.
  
*[http://www.heritageassociationofbrowncounty.org/veterans_memorials.html Veterans Memorials in Brown County] from the Heritage Association Brown County.
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*''Civil War Veterans of Brown County ''(''In the Life and Lives of Brown County People'', Vol. 10) includes 440 Veteran listed alphabetically. Available from the [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society.]
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*''Brown County World War II Veterans, Surnames A-G'' with brief biographical sketches. Alphabetical list of veterans who lost their lives; and ''Brown County World War II Veterans, Surnames H-Z'', includes biographical sketches, "Women in the Military" and "Story of Camp Bowie. (''In the Life and Lives of Brown County People,'' Vol. 12 &amp; 13) Available from the [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society].
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''Brown County World War II Veterans, Surnames A-G'' with brief biographical sketches. Alphabetical list of veterans who lost their lives; and ''Brown County World War II Veterans, Surnames H-Z'', includes biographical sketches, "Women in the Military" and "Story of Camp Bowie. (''In the Life and Lives of Brown County People,'' Vol. 12 &amp; 13) Available from the [http://browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society].
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*'''1845 - 1848''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1838 - 1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*[https://www.tsl.texas.gov/apps/arc/pensions/ Confederate Pension Applications] ~ Texas State Library and Archives Commission
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''Civil War Veterans of Brown County ''(''In the Life and Lives of Brown County People'', Vol. 10) includes 440 Veteran listed alphabetically. Available from the [http://browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society.]
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Brown}}
  
 
*[http://www.Brownwoodbulletin.com Brownwood Bulletin] Newspaper<br>  
 
*[http://www.Brownwoodbulletin.com Brownwood Bulletin] Newspaper<br>  
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records 1800-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records 1800-2000] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
*Brown County Tax Rolls 1859-1910 are available at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.
 
*Brown County Tax Rolls 1859-1910 are available at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*Brown County Marriage Records, Texas Birth Index 1903-1976 and Texas Deaths 1906-1973 are available on microfilm at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.  
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
*''McInnis Funeral Home Records, 1910-1942.'' Book available from the [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society]  
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*''Index to Marriages Brown County Texas 1880-1920. ''Book available from the [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society]  
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*Brown County Marriage Records, Texas Birth Index 1903-1976 and Texas Deaths 1906-1973 are available on microfilm at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.<br>
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
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===== Birth  =====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*'''1903 - 1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1903 - 1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997]&nbsp; (index only) - FamilySearch
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*'''1849 - 1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] FamilySearch
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===== Marriage  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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*'''1814 - 1909''' and '''1966 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1837 - 1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973] FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837 - 1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 ]
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*'''1837 - 1977''[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1880 - 1920''' Index to Marriages Brown County Texas 1880-1920. Book available from the [http://browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society]  
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*'''1966 - 2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010] FamilySearch record collection
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===== Death  =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*'''1890 - 1976''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]
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*'''1903 - 1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681049 Texas Deaths and Burials 1903 - 1973] (index)  FamilySearch
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*'''1903 - 1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1910 - 1942''' ''McInnis Funeral Home Records, 1910-1942.'' Book available from the [http://browncountyhistory.org/books.html Brown County Historical Society] 
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*'''1964 -1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images]
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*'''1977 - 1986'''  {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] index
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1968 - 2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
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*'''1968 - 2011'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*Brownwood Public Library <br>600 Carnegie<br>Brownwood, TX 76801<br>325-646-0155&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.brownwoodpubliclibrary.com/ website]
 
*Brownwood Public Library <br>600 Carnegie<br>Brownwood, TX 76801<br>325-646-0155&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.brownwoodpubliclibrary.com/ website]
  
*Local History and Genealogy Library <br>Includes DAR Genealogy Library<br>across the street from the Courthouse <br>213 S. Broadway<br>Brownwood, TX 76801<br>325-646-6006&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/genealogylibrary.html information]<br>The library has the Brownwood newspapers on microfilm, City Directories from 1909, phone books, cemetery burial lists, Brown County Tax Rolls, District Court records, World War II records and newspaper clippings, and vital records. <br>The libraries' Genealogy holdings are searchable in the [http://71.116.14.189/athcgi/athweb.pl Brown County Public Library catalog]. <br>Closed on weekends and Saturdays<br>
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*Local History and Genealogy Library <br>Includes DAR Genealogy Library<br>across the street from the Courthouse <br>213 S. Broadway<br>Brownwood, TX 76801<br>325-646-6006&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://browncountyhistory.org/genealogylibrary.html information]<br>The library has the Brownwood newspapers on microfilm, City Directories from 1909, phone books, cemetery burial lists, Brown County Tax Rolls, District Court records, World War II records and newspaper clippings, and vital records. <br>The libraries' Genealogy holdings are searchable in the [https://brownwood.biblionix.com/atoz/catalog/ Brown County Public Library catalog]. <br>Closed on weekends and Saturdays<br>
  
 
*Walker Memorial Library includes Burress Genealogy Library<br>Howard Payne University <br>1000 Fisk St.<br>Brownwood, TX 76801<br>325-649-8602&nbsp; [http://library.hputx.edu/info.htm hours &amp; info]<br>Genealogy collections are listed in the [http://alc.alc.org/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/ja9PBtz1Do/HPU/209250014/60/502/X library's catalog]<br>
 
*Walker Memorial Library includes Burress Genealogy Library<br>Howard Payne University <br>1000 Fisk St.<br>Brownwood, TX 76801<br>325-649-8602&nbsp; [http://library.hputx.edu/info.htm hours &amp; info]<br>Genealogy collections are listed in the [http://alc.alc.org/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/ja9PBtz1Do/HPU/209250014/60/502/X library's catalog]<br>
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==== Societies  ====
 
==== Societies  ====
  
*Pecan Valley Genealogical Society<br>213 S. Broadway <br>Brownwood, TX 76801 <br>325-646-6006&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.browncountytexasgenealogy.com/ website]<br>
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*Pecan Valley Genealogical Society<br>213 S. Broadway <br>Brownwood, TX 76801 <br>Telephone Number: 325-646-6006<br>[http://www.browncountytexasgenealogy.com/ website]<br><br>
  
*Brown County Historical Society<br>Located in the Local History &amp; Genealogy Library<br>213 S. Broadway<br>P. O. Box 146<br>Brownwood, TX 76801-0146<br>325-646-8208 <br>[http://www.browncountyhistory.org/genealogylibrary.html website]
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*Brown County Historical Society<br>Located in the Local History and Genealogy Library<br>213 S. Broadway<br>PO Box 146<br>Brownwood, TX 76801-0146<br>Telephone Number: 325-646-8208 <br>[http://browncountyhistory.org/genealogylibrary.html website]<br><br>
  
*Brown County Historical Commission<br>305 North Fisk Avenue<br>Brownwood, TX 76801<br>325-643-3322&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/bchc.html website]
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*Brown County Historical Commission<br>305 North Fisk Avenue<br>Brownwood, TX 76801<br>Telephone Number: 325-643-3322<br>[http://browncountyhistory.org/bchc.html website]<br><br>
  
*[http://www.heritageassociationofbrowncounty.org Heritage Association of Brown County]
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*[http://heritageassociationofbrowncounty.org Heritage Association of Brown County]
  
 
==== Museums  ====
 
==== Museums  ====
  
*Brown County Museum of History<br>Located in the Old Jail, Downtown Brownwood<br>P.O. Box 2006<br>Brownwood, TX&nbsp; 76804-2006 <br>325-641-1926&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/bcmoh.html website]<br>Also has an Annex located at 209 Broadway Street, across from the Jail.
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*Brown County Museum of History<br>Located in the Old Jail, Downtown Brownwood<br>P.O. Box 2006<br>Brownwood, TX&nbsp; 76804-2006 <br>325-641-1926&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://browncountyhistory.org/bcmoh.html website]<br>Also has an Annex located at 209 Broadway Street, across from the Jail.
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*Blanket Museum of History<br>Located in the former Blanket State Bank building and the former Ernest Allen Drug Store building <br>712 Main Street<br>Blanket, TX&nbsp; 76432&nbsp; [http://browncountyhistory.org/blanketmuseum.html website]<br>
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==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*Blanket Museum of History<br>Located in the former Blanket State Bank building and the former Ernest Allen Drug Store building <br>712 Main Street<br>Blanket, TX&nbsp; 76432&nbsp; [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/blanketmuseum.html website]<br>
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Brown|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Texas Brown|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/ TXGenweb Project]
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/ TXGenweb Project]
  
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Latest revision as of 13:22, 5 April 2017

United States
Texas
Brown County

Guide to Brown 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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Brown County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Brown County
Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded August 27, 1856
County Seat Brownwood
Courthouse
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Address Brown County Courthouse
200 S Broadway Street
Brownwood, TX 76801
Phone: 325-643-2594
Brown County Website
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County Information


County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth records from 1900,
death records from 1903, marriage, land,
probate, court and military records from 1880;
District Court has divorce records from 1880[1]

County Clerk

200 S. Broadway
Brownwood 76801
Phone: 325-643-2594

District Clerk

200 S. Broadway
Brownwood 76801
Phone: 325-646-5514

Brown County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1900 1880 1860 1836 1880


History

Parent County

1856--Brown County was created 27 August 1856 from Comanche and Travis Counties.

  • County seat: Brownwood [2]

The county was named for Henry Stevenson Brown, (1793-1834), early settler, trader, and Indian fighter, who was born in Madison County, Kentucky, on March 8, 1793, the son of Caleb and Jemima (Stevenson) Brown.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1880, 1894--Courthouse and many county records were destroyed by fire in March 1880 and February 1894.

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: | Bangs | Blake | Blanket | Brookesmith | Brownwood | Byrds | Cross Cut | Early | Grosvenor | Holder | Lake Brownwood | Lake Shore | May | Owens | Thrifty | Williams | Winchell | Zephyr |

Neighboring Counties

Callahan  • Coleman  • Comanche  • Eastland  • McCulloch  • Mills  • San Saba


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Resources

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
TX Gravestones WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
USGW Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) Linkpendium
TXGenWeb Cemeteries Epodunk
Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Cemetery Books available from the Brown County Historical Society

  • History of Greanleaf Cemetery
  • Eastlawn Memorial Park, Early, Texas, records of over 4,000 tombstones,1951-2001.
  • Zephyr Cemetery Survey Book, 1455 deceased names listed with years of birth & death, updated 2007.
  • Salem Cemetery, Brown County, history and alphabetical listing of persons buried.
  • Fairview Cemetery, Grosvenor, list of known deceased from 1878, history, cemetery plat.
  • Rural Cemetery Inscriptions of Brown County Supplement includes 51 rural cemeteries updated 1970-2002.

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

  • Brown County District Court Records, starting with 1860 are available at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.

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.


  • Brown County Bounty-Land Warrant Files A-S are available at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Brown 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


Brown County World War II Veterans, Surnames A-G with brief biographical sketches. Alphabetical list of veterans who lost their lives; and Brown County World War II Veterans, Surnames H-Z, includes biographical sketches, "Women in the Military" and "Story of Camp Bowie. (In the Life and Lives of Brown County People, Vol. 12 & 13) Available from the Brown County Historical Society.


Mexican-American War
Civil War

Online Records


Civil War Veterans of Brown County (In the Life and Lives of Brown County People, Vol. 10) includes 440 Veteran listed alphabetically. Available from the Brown County Historical Society.

Newspapers

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

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Brownwood Bulletin Newspaper
  • Brownwood Bulletin and Brownwood Banner newspapers archives are available on microfilm at the Local History & Genealogy Library.

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.

  • Brown County Tax Rolls 1859-1910 are available at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.

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.

  • Brown County Marriage Records, Texas Birth Index 1903-1976 and Texas Deaths 1906-1973 are available on microfilm at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.
Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Libraries

  • Brownwood Public Library
    600 Carnegie
    Brownwood, TX 76801
    325-646-0155   website
  • Local History and Genealogy Library
    Includes DAR Genealogy Library
    across the street from the Courthouse
    213 S. Broadway
    Brownwood, TX 76801
    325-646-6006   information
    The library has the Brownwood newspapers on microfilm, City Directories from 1909, phone books, cemetery burial lists, Brown County Tax Rolls, District Court records, World War II records and newspaper clippings, and vital records.
    The libraries' Genealogy holdings are searchable in the Brown County Public Library catalog.
    Closed on weekends and Saturdays
  • Walker Memorial Library includes Burress Genealogy Library
    Howard Payne University
    1000 Fisk St.
    Brownwood, TX 76801
    325-649-8602  hours & info
    Genealogy collections are listed in the library's catalog
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Family History Center
    4503 4th St.
    Brownwood, TX 76801 

Societies

  • Pecan Valley Genealogical Society
    213 S. Broadway
    Brownwood, TX 76801
    Telephone Number: 325-646-6006
    website

  • Brown County Historical Society
    Located in the Local History and Genealogy Library
    213 S. Broadway
    PO Box 146
    Brownwood, TX 76801-0146
    Telephone Number: 325-646-8208
    website

  • Brown County Historical Commission
    305 North Fisk Avenue
    Brownwood, TX 76801
    Telephone Number: 325-643-3322
    website

Museums

  • Brown County Museum of History
    Located in the Old Jail, Downtown Brownwood
    P.O. Box 2006
    Brownwood, TX  76804-2006
    325-641-1926   website
    Also has an Annex located at 209 Broadway Street, across from the Jail.
  • Blanket Museum of History
    Located in the former Blanket State Bank building and the former Ernest Allen Drug Store building
    712 Main Street
    Blanket, TX  76432  website

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

  • FamilySearch Catalog The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
  • TXGenweb Project

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Texas. Page 659 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).