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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties D|Counties D]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Deaf Smith 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 D|Counties D]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Deaf Smith County'' <br>  
  
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Guide to '''Deaf Smith 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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{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}<br>
  
<br>{{Infobox U.S. County
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Deaf Smith County
 
| county = Deaf Smith County
| adoption_sign = Adoption TXGenWeb
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| adoption_sign = Adoption Hidden Ancestors
 
| custom_text = <center>Jo Branch, County Coordinator<br>[http://www.txgenweb5.org/txdeafsmith/index.html Deaf Smith Co TXGenWeb]<center>  
 
| custom_text = <center>Jo Branch, County Coordinator<br>[http://www.txgenweb5.org/txdeafsmith/index.html Deaf Smith Co TXGenWeb]<center>  
 
| county_map = Tx-deaf-smith.png
 
| county_map = Tx-deaf-smith.png
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| founded date = August 21
 
| founded date = August 21
 
| seat wl = Hereford
 
| seat wl = Hereford
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| building image = TexasDeafSmithCourthouse.jpg
 
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== County Information ==
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
[http://www.co.deaf-smith.tx.us/ips/cms/ Deaf Smith County Courthouse]<br>235 E. 3rd St., Room 203<br>Hereford, TX 79045-5515<br>Phone 806-363-7077 - 806-364-1746<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,<br>marriage, probate and court records from 1891,<br>land records from 1882 and military discharge records<br>from 1919; District Clerk has divorce records and doctor<br>records from 1903<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Deaf Smith County, Texas. Page 662 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>  
 
[http://www.co.deaf-smith.tx.us/ips/cms/ Deaf Smith County Courthouse]<br>235 E. 3rd St., Room 203<br>Hereford, TX 79045-5515<br>Phone 806-363-7077 - 806-364-1746<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,<br>marriage, probate and court records from 1891,<br>land records from 1882 and military discharge records<br>from 1919; District Clerk has divorce records and doctor<br>records from 1903<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Deaf Smith County, Texas. Page 662 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>  
  
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The County Clerk's Office is the record keeper of the county. The county records include birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, military discharges, land records, real estate records, property records, probate and civil filings.  
 
The County Clerk's Office is the record keeper of the county. The county records include birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, military discharges, land records, real estate records, property records, probate and civil filings.  
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The Deaf Smith County Clerk has&nbsp;court records, land records, probate records and marriage records&nbsp;from 1890, as well as birth and death records from 1903.  
 
The Deaf Smith County Clerk has&nbsp;court records, land records, probate records and marriage records&nbsp;from 1890, as well as birth and death records from 1903.  
  
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'''County Clerk'''
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235 E. 3rd Rm. 203<br>Hereford 79045<br>Phone: 806-363-7077<br>Fax: 806-363-7023
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'''District Clerk'''
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235 E. 3rd Rm. 304<br>Hereford 79045<br>Phone: 806-364-3901<br>Fax: 806-363-7007<br><br>
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==== Deaf Smith 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" |1903
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1890
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1890
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1890
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
Deaf Smith County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar District, but was not organized until 1 December 1890. '''County seats:''' LaPlata, 1890-1898; Hereford, 1898-present <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>&nbsp;<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Deaf Smith County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcd04</ref>  
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Deaf Smith County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar District, but was not organized until 1 December 1890.<br>
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*'''County seats:'''<br>
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#'''1890-1898-''' LaPlata
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#'''1898-present-''' Hereford <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Deaf Smith County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcd04</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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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Castro County, Texas|Castro]]  
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[[Castro County, Texas Genealogy|Castro]] {{•}} [[Curry County, New Mexico Genealogy|Curry County, New Mexico]] {{•}} [[Oldham County, Texas Genealogy|Oldham]] {{•}} [[Parmer County, Texas Genealogy|Parmer]] {{•}} [[Quay County, New Mexico Genealogy|Quay County, New Mexico]] {{•}} [[Randall County, Texas Genealogy|Randall]]  
*[[Curry County, New Mexico|Curry County, New Mexico]]  
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*[[Oldham County, Texas|Oldham]]  
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*[[Parmer County, Texas|Parmer]]  
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*[[Quay County, New Mexico|Quay County, New Mexico]]  
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*[[Randall County, Texas|Randall]]
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<center>{{TX DEAF SMITH County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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==== 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=gs& Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Deaf+Smith+County&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2578 Findagrave.com ]
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[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]
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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/Wtx/DeafSmith/ListDeafsmith.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]
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| colspan="3" | See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb5.org/txdeafsmith/cems/cems.htm Cemeteries of Deaf Smith County] - TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb5.org/txdeafsmith/cems/cems.htm Cemeteries of Deaf Smith County] - TXGenWeb  
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
[http://www.us-census.org/states/texas/d-tx.htm USGenWeb Census Project] - Deaf Smith County, TX  
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*[http://www.us-census.org/states/texas/d-tx.htm USGenWeb Census Project] - Deaf Smith County, TX
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{{US Census population
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|1880= 38
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|1890= 179
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|1900= 843
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|1910= 3942
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|1920= 3747
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|1930= 5979
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|1940= 6056
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|1950= 9111
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|1960= 13187
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|1970= 18999
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|1980= 21165
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|1990= 19153
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|2000= 18561
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|2010= 19372
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==== Churches  ====
 
==== Churches  ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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*'''1906-1989''' {{RecordSearch|1389983|Texas, Naturalization Records}} — index and images
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb5.org/txdeafsmith/history.html Deaf Smith County History] - TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb5.org/txdeafsmith/history.html Deaf Smith County History] - TXGenWeb  
 
*''The land and its people, 1876-1981: Deaf Smith County, Texas,'' 1982 by the Deaf Smith County Historical Society, a history book featuring local history, photographs, illustrations, and biographies. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth16010/m1 Digital book online] from The Portal to Texas History.  
 
*''The land and its people, 1876-1981: Deaf Smith County, Texas,'' 1982 by the Deaf Smith County Historical Society, a history book featuring local history, photographs, illustrations, and biographies. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth16010/m1 Digital book online] from The Portal to Texas History.  
 
*''A History of Deaf Smith County'', 1964, by Bessie Patterson.&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-16011 Digital book on line] from the Portal to Texas History.<br>  
 
*''A History of Deaf Smith County'', 1964, by Bessie Patterson.&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-16011 Digital book on line] from the Portal to Texas History.<br>  
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*''Hereford, Deaf Smith County, Hustlin' Heritage 75,'' 1973 by the Hereford Jubilee Book Committee, a brief history of the town of Hereford with pages devoted to individuals, organizations, and businesses. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46554/m1/ Digital book online] from the Portal to Texas History.<br>
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*''Hereford, Deaf Smith County, Texas, ''1970 by the Hereford Chamber of Commerce, a brief sketch of the city of Hereford, Texas with photographs. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46549/?q=deaf%20smith Digital book online] from the Portal to Texas History.<br>
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*''Hereford Tornado,'' 1971, by Mike Waltrip, a brief description of the damages caused by the tornado that hit Hereford, Texas on April 19, 1971, followed by photographs of the damage that occurred throughout the town. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46552/?q=deaf%20smith Digital book online] from the Portal to Texas History.<br>
 
*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcd04 Deaf Smith County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online  
 
*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcd04 Deaf Smith County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Txdeafsmith.jpg|400px|Txdeafsmith.jpg]]
  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenweb site
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. TXGenweb site
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://www.txgenweb5.org/txdeafsmith/military.htm Military Files for Deaf Smith Co], TXGenWeb
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*'''1838-1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
**Civil War Links, USGenWeb Archives
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
**Draft Registration, USGenWeb Archives
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Fallen_Heroes.htm Fallen Heroes] ~ Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
**World War II Missing and Dead; Deaf Smith Co, TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
**Korean War Fatal Casualties; Deaf Smith Co, TXGenWeb
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**Vietnam War Fatal Casualties; Deaf Smith Co, TXGenWeb
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=====Mexican-American War=====
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*'''1845-1848''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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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 Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Deaf Smith}}
  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaryresources.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
The Deaf Smith County Clerk probate records. They are located at 235 E. 3rd St., Room 203, Hereford, TX 79045-5515; Telephone: 806-363-7077 .  
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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}} 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] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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The Deaf Smith County Clerk probate records. They are located at 235 E. 3rd St., Room 203, Hereford, TX 79045-5515; Telephone: 806-363-7077 .
  
 
==== 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://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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===== Birth  =====
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*'''1840-1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings] - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1903-1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1903-1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index] (index) - FamilySearch<br>
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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] 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] - FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] index $
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*'''1837-1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index] - FamilySearch records collection''<br>''
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*'''1966-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp] - Hidden Ancestors<br> 
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*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages] - FamilySearch record collection
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===== Death =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*'''1890-1976''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1983324 Texas Death Records [with images]] Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890 to 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] (index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1903-1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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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] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates for four million people who have died since 1964.
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*'''1977-1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1968-2005''' [http://whttp://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records] Hidden Ancestors  
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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] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
Deaf Smith County Library<br>211 E 4th St<br>Hereford, TX 79045<br>Phone: (806)364-1206<br>[http://www.hlc-lib.org/hereford/index.html Website]  
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'''Deaf Smith County Genealogical Society'''<br> 211 East 4th St.<br>Hereford 79045<br><br>
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'''Deaf Smith County Historical Museum'''<br> 400 Sampson Street<br> P. O. Box 1007<br> Hereford, TX 79045<br>Phone:806-363-7070<br>[http://www.deafsmithcountymuseum.org/exhibits.php Website]<br><br>
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'''Deaf Smith County Library'''<br>211 E 4th St<br>Hereford, TX 79045<br>Phone: (806)364-1206<br>[http://www.hlc-lib.org/hereford/index.html Website]  
  
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Guide to Deaf Smith 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 August 21, 1876
County Seat Hereford
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County Information


County Courthouse

Deaf Smith County Courthouse
235 E. 3rd St., Room 203
Hereford, TX 79045-5515
Phone 806-363-7077 - 806-364-1746

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, probate and court records from 1891,
land records from 1882 and military discharge records
from 1919; District Clerk has divorce records and doctor
records from 1903[1]


The County Clerk's Office is the record keeper of the county. The county records include birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, military discharges, land records, real estate records, property records, probate and civil filings.

The Deaf Smith County Clerk has court records, land records, probate records and marriage records from 1890, as well as birth and death records from 1903.

County Clerk

235 E. 3rd Rm. 203
Hereford 79045
Phone: 806-363-7077
Fax: 806-363-7023

District Clerk

235 E. 3rd Rm. 304
Hereford 79045
Phone: 806-364-3901
Fax: 806-363-7007

Deaf Smith County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1890 1880 1890 1890


History

Deaf Smith County was named for Erastus "Deaf" Smith, a famous scout of the Texas Revolution.

Parent County

Deaf Smith County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar District, but was not organized until 1 December 1890.

  • County seats:
  1. 1890-1898- LaPlata
  2. 1898-present- Hereford [2][3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Ayr | Bippus | Bootleg | Dawn | Ford | Glenrio | Hereford | Kelso | LaPlata | Milo Center | Simms | Westway | Wyche

Cities, Towns and Communities - Deaf Smith Co, TXGenWeb

Neighboring Counties

Castro  • Curry County, New Mexico  • Oldham  • Parmer  • Quay County, New Mexico  • Randall


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Resources

Biographies

Cemeteries

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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

WorldCat

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
188038
1890179371.1%
1900843370.9%
19103,942367.6%
19203,747−4.9%
19305,97959.6%
19406,0561.3%
19509,11150.4%
196013,18744.7%
197018,99944.1%
198021,16511.4%
199019,153−9.5%
200018,561−3.1%
201019,3724.4%

Churches

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 Deaf Smith 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.

  • Deaf Smith County History - TXGenWeb
  • The land and its people, 1876-1981: Deaf Smith County, Texas, 1982 by the Deaf Smith County Historical Society, a history book featuring local history, photographs, illustrations, and biographies. Digital book online from The Portal to Texas History.
  • A History of Deaf Smith County, 1964, by Bessie Patterson.  Digital book on line from the Portal to Texas History.
  • Hereford, Deaf Smith County, Hustlin' Heritage 75, 1973 by the Hereford Jubilee Book Committee, a brief history of the town of Hereford with pages devoted to individuals, organizations, and businesses. Digital book online from the Portal to Texas History.
  • Hereford, Deaf Smith County, Texas, 1970 by the Hereford Chamber of Commerce, a brief sketch of the city of Hereford, Texas with photographs. Digital book online from the Portal to Texas History.
  • Hereford Tornado, 1971, by Mike Waltrip, a brief description of the damages caused by the tornado that hit Hereford, Texas on April 19, 1971, followed by photographs of the damage that occurred throughout the town. Digital book online from the Portal to Texas History.
  • Deaf Smith County History from the Handbook of Texas Online
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

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 Deaf Smith County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

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

Obituaries

Photographs

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

The Deaf Smith County Clerk probate records. They are located at 235 E. 3rd St., Room 203, Hereford, TX 79045-5515; Telephone: 806-363-7077 .

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

  • 1890-1976 Texas Death Records [with images] Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890 to 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
Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Deaf Smith County Genealogical Society
211 East 4th St.
Hereford 79045

Deaf Smith County Historical Museum
400 Sampson Street
P. O. Box 1007
Hereford, TX 79045
Phone:806-363-7070
Website

Deaf Smith County Library
211 E 4th St
Hereford, TX 79045
Phone: (806)364-1206
Website

  • 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

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • Hidden Ancestors  Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
  • 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), Deaf Smith County, Texas. Page 662 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: Deaf Smith County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcd04