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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties C|Counties C]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Cooke County'' <br>  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Genealogy|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties C|Counties C]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Cooke County'' <br>  
  
Guide to '''Cooke County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Cooke 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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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Cooke County
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| adoption_sign = Adoption Hidden Ancestors
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| county_map = Tx-cooke.png
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| state = Texas
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| state_map = Texas.png
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| founded year = 1848
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| founded date = 20 March
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| seat = Gainesville
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| building image = TexasCookeCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = Cooke County Courthouse<br>100 Dixon Street<br>Gainesville, TX 76240}}
  
== County Courthouse<br> ==
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== County Information ==
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[http://www.co.cooke.tx.us/ips/cms Cooke County&nbsp;Courthouse]<br> 100 Dixon Street<br> Gainesville, TX 76240<br> Phone: 940.668.5420&nbsp;<br><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1346957244849_393" /><br>County Clerk has birth and&nbsp;death records from 1903, <br>marriage, probate, court and land records from 1850; <br>District Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cooke County, Texas. Page 661 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
  
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[http://www.co.cooke.tx.us/ips/cms Cooke County&nbsp;Courthouse]<br> 100 Dixon Street<br> Gainesville, TX 76240<br> Phone: 940.668.5420
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<br>County Clerk has birth and&nbsp;death records from 1903, <br>marriage, probate, court and land records from 1850; <br>District Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cooke County, Texas. Page 661 {{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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101 S. Dixon St.<br>Gainsville 76240<br>Phone: 914-668-5420
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'''District Clerk'''
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County Courthouse<br>Gainsville 76240<br>Phone: 940-668-5450
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==== Cooke 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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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1870
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1854
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1830
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1849
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1848--'''Cooke County was created 20 March 1848 and organized in 1849 from [[Fannin County, Texas|Fannin]] County. '''County seat:''' Gainesville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1848--'''Cooke County was created 20 March 1848 and organized in 1849 from [[Fannin County, Texas Genealogy|Fannin]] County.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Gainesville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Cooke, Gainesville|place|disp=Gainesville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Cooke, Muenster|place|disp=Muenster}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
'''Cities and Towns:''' Callisburg | Gainesville | Lindsay | Muenster | Oak Ridge | Valley View | Whitesboro (mostly in [[Grayson County, Texas|Grayson]] County)  
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'''Cities and Towns:''' Callisburg | Gainesville | Lindsay | Muenster | Oak Ridge | Valley View | Whitesboro (mostly in [[Grayson County, Texas Genealogy|Grayson]] County)  
  
 
'''Unincorporated areas:''' Bulcher | Burns City | Dexter | Era | Hood | Leo | Lois | Marysville | Mountain Springs | Moss Lake | Myra | Rosston | Pioneer Valley | Prairie Point | Sivells Bend | Walnut Bend | Woodbine<br><br>  
 
'''Unincorporated areas:''' Bulcher | Burns City | Dexter | Era | Hood | Leo | Lois | Marysville | Mountain Springs | Moss Lake | Myra | Rosston | Pioneer Valley | Prairie Point | Sivells Bend | Walnut Bend | Woodbine<br><br>  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Denton County, Texas|Denton]]  
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[[Denton County, Texas Genealogy|Denton]] {{•}} [[Grayson County, Texas Genealogy|Grayson]] {{•}} [[Love County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Love County, Oklahoma]] {{•}} [[Marshall County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Marshall County, Oklahoma]] {{•}} [[Montague County, Texas Genealogy|Montague]] {{•}} [[Wise County, Texas Genealogy|Wise]]  
*[[Grayson County, Texas|Grayson]]  
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<center>{{TX Cooke County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Love County, Oklahoma|Love County, Oklahoma]]  
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== Resources  ==
*[[Marshall County, Oklahoma|Marshall County, Oklahoma]]  
 
*[[Montague County, Texas|Montague]]  
 
*[[Wise County, Texas|Wise]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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==== African American ====
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*'''1865 - 1870''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1870](images) - FamilySearch
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2665 Findagrave.com]
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2568 Findagrave.com ]
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[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Cooke+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Cooke/ListCooke.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/census/1850/1850indx.txt 1850 Federal Tax Index] - USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/census/1850/1850indx.txt '''1850''' Federal Tax Index] - USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/census/1860/ 1860 Federal Census] - &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/census/1860/ '''1860''' Federal Census] - USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/land/cooke.txt Original Land Owners of Texas] - USGenWeb Archives Project
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/land/cooke.txt Original Land Owners of Texas] - USGenWeb Archives Project
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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  ====
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/cooktoc.htm Cooke County Bible Records] &nbsp;- &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
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{{TX County Histories}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/cooktoc.htm Cooke County Bible Records] - USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/history/histmrk.txt Historical Markers in Cooke County] - USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/history/histmrk.txt Historical Markers in Cooke County] - USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/history/comms.txt County Commisioners 1849-1991] - USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*'''1913, 1914, 1916''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/history/school/clas1913.txt Myra High School Graduations] - USGenWebs Archive Project
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/history/official.txt County Officials 1849-1948] &nbsp;- USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*'''1945-1991''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/history/officials2.txt County Officials]- USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/history/officials2.txt County Officials 1945-1991 ]- USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*'''1849-1948''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/history/official.txt County Officials] - USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/history/school/clas1913.txt Myra High School Graduation 1913, 1914 and 1916 ]&nbsp;- &nbsp;USGenWebs Archive Project
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*'''1849-1991''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/history/comms.txt County Commisioners] - USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.  
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[[Image:Txcooke.jpg|400px|Txcooke.jpg]]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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*[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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*'''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 '''$'''
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*'''1845 - 1848'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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=====Civil War=====
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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 Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index 
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/military/civilwar/pensions/cookecsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications Index] - USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/military/civilwar/pensions/cookecsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications Index] - USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/photos/documents/company-a.txt Co A 2nd Texas Partisan Rangers]&nbsp; - &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/photos/documents/company-a.txt Co A 2nd Texas Partisan Rangers] USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Cooke}}
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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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}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[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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{{TX Vital Intro}}
*[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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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/vitals/marriages/marriage.txt Marriages 1849-1873 ]- USGenWeb Archives Project
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===== Birth  =====
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/vitals/divorces/ Divorces ]- USGenWeb Archives Project
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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] (index) - FamilySearch
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===== Marriage  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records 1800-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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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/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records, 1837-1977] - FamilySearch Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.
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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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*'''1849 - 1873''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/vitals/marriages/marriage.txt Marriages 1849-1873 ]- USGenWeb Archives Project
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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]]<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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*''''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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*'''1903 - 2000'''[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949337 ''Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000''] (index) - FamilySearch
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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] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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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''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cooke/vitals/divorces/ Divorces ]- USGenWeb Archives Project  
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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  ==
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcooke/ctgs_index.htm Cross Timbers Genealogical Society]
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'''Cooke County Heritage Society'''<br> PO Box 150<br> Gainesville 76240<br><br>
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'''Crosstimbers Genealogical Society'''<br> PO Box 197<br> Gainesville, TX 76240<br> [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcooke/ctgs_index.htm?cj=1&sid=RootsWeb&netid=cj&o_xid=0002159160&o_lid=0002159160&o_sch=Affiliate+External Website]<br> North Central Texas College has a genealogical section in its library supported by Cross Timbers Genealogical Society. <br><br>
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'''Gainesville Genealogical Group'''<br>Cooke County College<br> Gainesville 76200<br><br>
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North Central Texas College has a genealogical section in its library supported by Cross Timbers Genealogical Society.
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Gainesville Texas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Gainesville Texas Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcooke/ctgs_index.htm Cross Timbers Genealogical Society]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcooke/ctgs_index.htm Cross Timbers Genealogical Society]  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb project] -&nbsp; May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Cooke|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Texas Cooke|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.
 
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== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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Guide to Cooke 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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Founded 20 March, 1848
County Seat Gainesville
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Address Cooke County Courthouse
100 Dixon Street
Gainesville, TX 76240
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County Information


County Courthouse

Cooke County Courthouse
100 Dixon Street
Gainesville, TX 76240
Phone: 940.668.5420


County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, probate, court and land records from 1850;
District Clerk has divorce records[1]

County Clerk

101 S. Dixon St.
Gainsville 76240
Phone: 914-668-5420

District Clerk

County Courthouse
Gainsville 76240
Phone: 940-668-5450


Cooke County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870 1854 1850 1830 1849


History

Parent County

1848--Cooke County was created 20 March 1848 and organized in 1849 from Fannin County.

  • County seat: Gainesville [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

Cities and Towns: Callisburg | Gainesville | Lindsay | Muenster | Oak Ridge | Valley View | Whitesboro (mostly in Grayson County)

Unincorporated areas: Bulcher | Burns City | Dexter | Era | Hood | Leo | Lois | Marysville | Mountain Springs | Moss Lake | Myra | Rosston | Pioneer Valley | Prairie Point | Sivells Bend | Walnut Bend | Woodbine

Neighboring Counties

Denton  • Grayson  • Love County, Oklahoma  • Marshall County, Oklahoma  • Montague  • Wise

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Resources

African American

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850220
18603,7601,609.1%
18705,31541.4%
188020,391283.7%
189024,69621.1%
190027,49411.3%
191026,603−3.2%
192025,667−3.5%
193024,136−6.0%
194024,9093.2%
195022,146−11.1%
196022,5601.9%
197023,4714.0%
198027,65617.8%
199030,77711.3%
200036,36318.1%
201038,4375.7%

Church

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.


Naturalization and Citizenship

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Cooke 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

Online Records

Newspapers

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

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

Probate

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

Cooke County Heritage Society
PO Box 150
Gainesville 76240

Crosstimbers Genealogical Society
PO Box 197
Gainesville, TX 76240
Website
North Central Texas College has a genealogical section in its library supported by Cross Timbers Genealogical Society.

Gainesville Genealogical Group
Cooke County College
Gainesville 76200



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

  • Cross Timbers Genealogical Society
  • USGenWeb project -  May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then 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), Cooke County, Texas. Page 661 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).