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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]] Dickens County'' <br>
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Guide to '''Dickens County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
<br>{{Adoption TXGenWeb}}  
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{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}<br>
  
== County Courthouse ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Dickens County
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1892
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| founded date = March 17
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| seat = Dickens
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| building address = Dickens County Courthouse<br>PO Box 179<br>Dickens, TX 79229}}
  
[http://www.co.dickens.tx.us/ips/cms Dickens County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 179<br>Dickens, TX 79229<br>Phone: 806.623.5531  
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== County Information ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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[http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Dickens/Dickens-County-Courthouse.htm Dickens County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 179<br>Dickens, TX 79229<br>Phone: 806.623.5531  
  
 
County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, divorce, probate and land records form 1891<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dickens County, Texas. Page 662 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>  
 
County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, divorce, probate and land records form 1891<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dickens 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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[http://www.texascourthousetrail.com/dickens/Dickens-County-Courthouse-001.htm Dickens County Courthouse]<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531  
 
[http://www.texascourthousetrail.com/dickens/Dickens-County-Courthouse-001.htm Dickens County Courthouse]<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531  
  
County Clerk<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531<br>  
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'''County Clerk'''<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531<br>  
  
District Clerk<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531  
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'''District Clerk'''<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531  
  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/jail.htm Dickens County Jail]  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/jail.htm Dickens County Jail]  
  
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==== Dickens County, Texas Record Dates ====
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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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" |1891
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1891
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1891
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
Dickens County was formed from [[Bexar County, Texas|Bexar]], [[Young County, Texas|Young]], [[Baylor County, Texas|Baylor]] and [[Crosby County, Texas|Crosby]] Territories. <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,''10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><br>Created August 21, 1876 and organized February 9, 1891 from Crosby County.<br>Named in honor of J. Dickens, who died in the siege of the Alamo.  
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Dickens County was formed from [[Bexar County, Texas Genealogy|Bexar]], [[Young County, Texas Genealogy|Young]], [[Baylor County, Texas Genealogy|Baylor]] and [[Crosby County, Texas Genealogy|Crosby]] Territories. <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,''10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><br>Created August 21, 1876 and organized February 9, 1891 from Crosby County.<br>Named in honor of J. Dickens, who died in the siege of the Alamo.  
  
 
Espuela was the first County seat temporarily from April 2, 1891 to March 17, 1892.<br>Dickens became the County seat from March 17, 1892 to present.  
 
Espuela was the first County seat temporarily from April 2, 1891 to March 17, 1892.<br>Dickens became the County seat from March 17, 1892 to present.  
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==== 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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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
[http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGhostTowns/Afton-Texas.htm Afton]| Dickens | McAdoo | Spur  
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[http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGhostTowns/Afton-Texas.htm Afton] | [http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Dickens/Dickens_Texas.htm Dickens] | [http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasTowns/McAdoo-Texas.htm McAdoo] | [http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasPanhandleTowns/SpurTexas/SpurTexas.htm Spur]
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==== Ghost Towns  ====
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[http://roadsidethoughts.com/tx/draper-xx-dickens-profile.htm Draper] | [http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasTowns/Espuela-Texas.htm Espuela] | [http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasTowns/Gilpin-Texas.htm Gilpin] | [http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasTowns/Glenn-Texas.htm Glenn]
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Cottle County, Texas|Cottle]]  
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[[Cottle County, Texas Genealogy|Cottle]] {{•}} [[Crosby County, Texas Genealogy|Crosby]] {{•}} [[Floyd County, Texas Genealogy|Floyd]] {{•}} [[Garza County, Texas Genealogy|Garza]] {{•}} [[Kent County, Texas Genealogy|Kent]] {{•}} [[King County, Texas Genealogy|King]] {{•}} [[Motley County, Texas Genealogy|Motley]] {{•}} [[Stonewall County, Texas Genealogy|Stonewall]]  
*[[Crosby County, Texas|Crosby]]  
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<center>{{TX Dickens County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Floyd County, Texas|Floyd]]  
 
*[[Garza County, Texas|Garza]]  
 
*[[Kent County, Texas|Kent]]  
 
*[[King County, Texas|King]]  
 
*[[Motley County, Texas|Motley]]  
 
*[[Stonewall County, Texas|Stonewall]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/cemetery/amity.htm Amity Cemetery]  
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/afton/cemetery.htm Afton Cemetery]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/dickens/burial.htm Dickens Cemetery]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/espuela/cemetery.htm Espuela Cemetery]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/cemetery/mccarty_thomas.html Glass Ranch Burial]  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/mcadoo/cemetery1.htm McAdoo Cemetery]  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/redmud/burial.htm Red Mud Cemetery]  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/spur/spurcem.htm Spur Memorial Cemetery]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/cemetery/steelhill.htm Steele Hill Cemetery]  
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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=2582&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave]
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/cemetery/woodward_durward_louise.html Woodward Ranch Burial]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|427769|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2582 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |  [http://www.linkpendium.com/dickens-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Dickens+County&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/dickens.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Dickens/ListDickens.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/dickens/dicktoc.htm GenWeb Archives]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/dickens/dickens-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=Dickens&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=63 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxdicken/cemeteries.htm TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22638&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=6&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/dickens.htm Interment]
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth61098/m1/1/ A History of Dickens County] by Fred Arrington 1971
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/historybook/intro.html Dickens County, Its Land and People] by Dickens County Historical Commission 1986
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*'''1906-1989''' {{RecordSearch|1389983|Texas, Naturalization Records}} — index and images
  
The Spurs, W.J. "Scotch Bill" Elliott published by The Spur Newspaper, 1939. &nbsp;Stories of the ranch land of the Spur Headquarters Ranch and Espuela Land and Cattle Company.
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==== Local Histories  ====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/familytrees.htm Surnames] of Dickens County  
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{{TX County Histories}}
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*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth61098/m1/1/ A History of Dickens County] by Fred Arrington 1971
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/historybook/intro.html Dickens County, Its Land and People] by Dickens County Historical Commission 1986
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*The Spurs, W.J. "Scotch Bill" Elliott published by The Spur Newspaper, 1939. &nbsp;Stories of the ranch land of the Spur Headquarters Ranch and Espuela Land and Cattle Company.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/familytrees.htm Surnames] of Dickens County
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Txdickens.jpg|400px|Txdickens.jpg]]
  
 
*Maps of [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/map.htm Dickens County]  
 
*Maps of [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/map.htm Dickens County]  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/confederate.htm Civil War Veterans]  
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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 '''$'''
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/veterans.htm Veterans of Dickens County]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/goldstar.htm Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice]
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/conf_history.htm Biographies of Civil War Veterans]  
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=====Mexican-American War=====
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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.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/veterans.htm Veterans of Dickens County]
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=====Civil War=====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/goldstar.htm Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice]  
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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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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/confederate.htm Civil War Veterans]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/conf_history.htm Biographies of Civil War Veterans]
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/newspaper/history.htmClippings from old Newspapers]
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Dickens}}
  
[http://www.thetexasspur.com/index.htmlThe Texas Spur]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/newspaper/history.htmClippings from old Newspapers]
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*[http://www.thetexasspur.com/ The Texas Spur]
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/alpha.htm Burial&nbsp;list with Obituaries]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/alpha.htm Burial&nbsp;list with Obituaries]
  
 
==== 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}} 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 $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Taxes Will and probate]&nbsp;&nbsp;(subscription)  
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Taxes, Wills and probate]&nbsp;&nbsp;(subscription)
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/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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===== Birth  =====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*'''1903-1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index] (index)- 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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*'''1840-1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings] - 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''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index] - FamilySearch records 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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*'''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  =====
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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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 [with images]] 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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*'''1902-1917''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxdicken/records/death_records.htm Death Records, Dickens County, Texas] TXGenWeb Project<br>
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*'''1903-1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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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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*'''1910-1915''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxdicken/records/deathrec_book2.htm Death Records Book, Dickens County, Texas] - TXGenWeb Project<br>
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*'''1917-1920''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxdicken/records/death1917-1920.htm Death Records, Dickens County, Texas] - TXGenWeb Project<br>
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*'''1964-1984''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/dickens/vitals/deaths/ Death Records in Dickens County Archives]&nbsp; - TXGenWeb Project<br>
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*'''1964-1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index] [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}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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===== Divo[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm rce] =====
  
Dickens County Public Library, 401 Burlington, Spur, Texas  
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*'''1968-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records] (index) Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1968-2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index}} 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 $
  
Dickens County Historical Commission
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
[http://www.spurchamber.com/dialup/dialup.html Spur Chamber of Commerce]  
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*Dickens County Public Library<br> 401 Burlington<br> Spur, Texas <br><br>
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*Dickens County Historical Commission<br>
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*[http://www.spurchamber.com/dialup/dialup.html Spur Chamber of Commerce]<br><br>
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
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.
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

Latest revision as of 15:25, 17 March 2017

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Dickens County

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PO Box 179
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Dickens, TX 79229
Phone: 806.623.5531

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, divorce, probate and land records form 1891[1]


History of Courthouse

Dickens County Courthouse
P.O. Box 120
Dickens, Texas 79229
Phone: 806-623-5531

County Clerk
P.O. Box 120
Dickens, Texas 79229
Phone: 806-623-5531

District Clerk
P.O. Box 120
Dickens, Texas 79229
Phone: 806-623-5531

Dickens County Jail


Dickens County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1891 1880 1891 1891


History

DICKENS is centrally located in DICKENS COUNTY, eight miles below the escarpment of the Llano Estacado (below the Caprock). It was a ranch supply point for an area where the first settlements were dugouts used as cowboy line camps for the Spur, Pitchfork, and Matador Ranches. In 1886 there was a camp near the present townsite and by 1889 Dickens was settled. The town became the county seat shortly after the county was organized and by 1893 had a post office, wagon yard, hotel, courthouse, saloon, blacksmith shop and a barber shop. The school was in a dugout on the courthouse square. Preaching was also held in the dugout.

In 1890 the county had a population of 195 and most of the people lived in and around Dickens. Soon after 1900, Dickens had a population of 600, the most it has ever had. There was a decline before World War II but when the boys came back home the town took a new growth with the building of new homes and businesses. This lasted for a few years with another downward surge following. In 1964 the town was voted wet and a new upward surge began with a population of 430. Highway 82 runs through the center of Dickens and has helped the town's businesses do well. As of 1997 the town shows another decline with population around 325.

Parent County

Dickens County was formed from Bexar, Young, Baylor and Crosby Territories. [2]
Created August 21, 1876 and organized February 9, 1891 from Crosby County.
Named in honor of J. Dickens, who died in the siege of the Alamo.

Espuela was the first County seat temporarily from April 2, 1891 to March 17, 1892.
Dickens became the County seat from March 17, 1892 to present.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Afton | Dickens | McAdoo | Spur

Ghost Towns

Draper | Espuela | Gilpin | Glenn

Neighboring Counties

Cottle  • Crosby  • Floyd  • Garza  • Kent  • King  • Motley  • Stonewall

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

Census

Churches

  • Bethel Baptist Church, 519 N. Williams, Spur
  • Church of Christ W. Hwy 70, Spur
  • Church of Christ E. Hwy 70, Spur
  • Community Bible Chapel  209 E. Third, Spur
  • Dickens Baptist Church, 1022 Fourth, Dickens
  • Dickens Bible Church of the Nazarene, Afton
  • First Assembly of God Church, third and Cowan, Spur
  • First Baptist Church 120 W. Second, Spur
  • First Christian Church, 610 N. Burlington, Spur
  • First United Methodist Church, 528 N. Burlington, Spur
  • Independent Christian Churches, 507 N. Willard, Spur
  • Lakeside Baptist Church, S. Parker, Spur
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church, E. Sixth, Spur

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 Dickens 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 Dickens County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

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

Obituaries

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.

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

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

  • USGenWeb project -  May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dickens 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).