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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]] Donley 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]] Donley County'' <br>  
  
Guide to '''Donley County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Donley 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 = Donley County
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| adoption_sign = Adoption Hidden Ancestors
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| county_map = Tx-donley.png
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1876
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| founded date = 21 August
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| seat = Clarendon
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| building image = TexasDonleyCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = Donley County Courthouse<br>300 S Sally<br>Clarendon, TX 79226}}
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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== County Information ==
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[http://www.co.donley.tx.us/ips/cms Donley County Courthouse]<br>300 S Sally<br>Clarendon, TX 79226<br>Phone: 806.874.3436  
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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[http://www.co.donley.tx.us/ips/cms Donley County Courthouse]<br>300 S Sally<br>Clarendon, TX 79226<br>Phone: 806.874.3436
  
 
County Clerk has birth records from 1877,<br>marriage and land recordsfrom 1882,<br>death records from 1903, probate records from<br>1923 and military discharge records from 1919<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Donley County, Texas. Page 663 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>  
 
County Clerk has birth records from 1877,<br>marriage and land recordsfrom 1882,<br>death records from 1903, probate records from<br>1923 and military discharge records from 1919<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Donley County, Texas. Page 663 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>  
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The current Donley County courthouse, a Romanesque Revival design building,&nbsp; was opened in November 1891. The courthouse was restored in 2003. It is the oldest functioning courthouse in the Texas Panhandle and is a recorded Texas Historic Landmark. <ref>HistoricTexas.net: Donley County http://www3.historictexas.net/donley-county-texas</ref><br>
  
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Donley County Courthouse<br>300 S. Sully<br>Clarendon, TX 79226
  
The current Donley County courthouse, a Romanesque Revival design building,&nbsp; was opened in November 1891. The courthouse was restored in 2003. It is the oldest functioning courthouse in the Texas Panhandle and is a recorded Texas Historic Landmark. <ref>HistoricTexas.net: Donley County http://www3.historictexas.net/donley-county-texas</ref><br>  
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<br>'''County Clerk '''<br>PO Drawer U<br>Courthouse Annex<br>Clarendon, TX 79226<br>(806) 874-3436<br>FAX (806) 874-3351<br>
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[http://www.co.donley.tx.us/ips/cms/ Donley County Government website]
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Donley County Courthouse<br>300 S. Sully<br>Clarendon, TX 79226<br>County Clerk - Fay Vargas<br>PO Drawer U<br>Courthouse Annex<br>Clarendon, TX 79226<br>(806) 874-3436<br>FAX (806) 874-3351<br>[http://www.co.donley.tx.us/ips/cms/ Donley County Government website]
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==== Donley 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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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
Originally named Wegefarth County and organized in 1882, the county was renamed Donley.  
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'''1882--'''Originally named Wegefarth County and organized in 1882, the county was renamed Donley.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1876--'''Donley County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District, but was not organized until 1882.&nbsp;<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Donley County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcd10</ref> '''County seat:''' Clarendon <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1876--'''Donley County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District, but was not organized until 1882.&nbsp;<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Donley County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcd10</ref><br>
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*'''County seat:''' Clarendon <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  ====
 
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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  ====
  
*[[Armstrong County, Texas|Armstrong]]  
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[[Armstrong County, Texas Genealogy|Armstrong]] {{•}} [[Briscoe County, Texas Genealogy|Briscoe]] {{•}} [[Carson County, Texas Genealogy|Carson]] {{•}} [[Collingsworth County, Texas Genealogy|Collingsworth]] {{•}} [[Gray County, Texas Genealogy|Gray]] {{•}} [[Hall County, Texas Genealogy|Hall]] {{•}} [[Wheeler County, Texas Genealogy|Wheeler]]  
*[[Briscoe County, Texas|Briscoe]]  
 
*[[Carson County, Texas|Carson]]  
 
*[[Collingsworth County, Texas|Collingsworth]]  
 
*[[Gray County, Texas|Gray]]  
 
*[[Hall County, Texas|Hall]]  
 
*[[Wheeler County, Texas|Wheeler]]
 
  
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== Resources  ==
 
== 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](images) - FamilySearch<br>
  
 
==== 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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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& 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+Donley+County&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/donley/dontoc.htm Citizen's Cemetery] - USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/donley/dontoc.htm Citizen's Cemetery] - USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*1880 Federal Census - images - USGenWeb Archives Project
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*1[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/donley/census/1880/ 880 Federal Census - images] - USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/donley/land/donley.txt Original Land Owners of Texas ]- USGenWeb Archives Project  
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{{TX Land}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/donley/land/donley.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}} — index and images
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
''Donley County: Land O' Promise, ''1975, by Virginia Browder.<br>
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcd10 Donley County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.  
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*''Donley County: Land O' Promise, ''1975, by Virginia Browder.<br>
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcd10 Donley County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  
 
==== 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:Txdonley.jpg|400px|Txdonley.jpg]] [http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map].TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/donley/history/camp-sanlanhamucv.txt 1908 Camp San Lantham United American Veterans]&nbsp;- USGenWeb Archives  
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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 '''$'''
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*'''1908''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/donley/history/camp-sanlanhamucv.txt Camp San Lantham United American Veterans] - USGenWeb Archives
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*'''1845-1848''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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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 
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/donley/military/civilwar/pensions/donelcsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications] - USGenWeb Archives Project
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/donley/military/civilwar/pensions/donelcsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications] - USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Donley}}
  
 
==== 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  ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{TX Vital Intro}}  
 
{{TX Vital Intro}}  
  
*[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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===== Birth  =====
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964Texas 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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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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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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''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/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records] - FamilySearch. Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.<br>
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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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''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/1320964Texas 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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*'''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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*'''1903-2000''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949337 ''Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000''] (index) - FamilySearch<br>
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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 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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*'''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 $
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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'''Donley County Genealogical Society'''<br> PO Box 116<br> Clarendon 79226 <br> [http://www.genealogyinc.com/texas/donley-county/#sthash.v1RKy5QF.dpuf website]<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://uwgenweb.org USGenWeb project] -&nbsp; May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/donley/dontoc.htm USGenWeb Archives Project ]- transcriptions and photographs  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/donley/dontoc.htm USGenWeb Archives Project ]- transcriptions and photographs  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdonley/ TXGenWeb] Donley County  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdonley/ TXGenWeb] Donley County  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Donley|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Texas Donley|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.
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

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County Information


County Courthouse

Donley County Courthouse
300 S Sally
Clarendon, TX 79226
Phone: 806.874.3436

County Clerk has birth records from 1877,
marriage and land recordsfrom 1882,
death records from 1903, probate records from
1923 and military discharge records from 1919[1]


The current Donley County courthouse, a Romanesque Revival design building,  was opened in November 1891. The courthouse was restored in 2003. It is the oldest functioning courthouse in the Texas Panhandle and is a recorded Texas Historic Landmark. [2]

Donley County Courthouse
300 S. Sully
Clarendon, TX 79226


County Clerk
PO Drawer U
Courthouse Annex
Clarendon, TX 79226
(806) 874-3436
FAX (806) 874-3351
Donley County Government website

Donley County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1882 1880 1882 1882


History

1882--Originally named Wegefarth County and organized in 1882, the county was renamed Donley.

Parent County

1876--Donley County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District, but was not organized until 1882. [3]

  • County seat: Clarendon [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Clarendon | Hedley | Howardwick | Lelia Lake

Neighboring Counties

Armstrong  • Briscoe  • Carson  • Collingsworth  • Gray  • Hall  • Wheeler


Carson CountyGray CountyWheller CountyCollingsworth CountyDonley CountyArmstrong CountyBriscoe CountyHall CountyChildress CountyTX Donley.JPG
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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.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880160
18901,056560.0%
19002,756161.0%
19105,28491.7%
19208,03552.1%
193010,26227.7%
19407,487−27.0%
19506,216−17.0%
19604,449−28.4%
19703,641−18.2%
19804,07511.9%
19903,696−9.3%
20003,8283.6%
20103,677−3.9%



Church

Baptist

Calvary Baptist Church 806-874-3156
Highway 287, Clarendon TX 79226

First Baptist Church 806-874-3833
300 South Bugbee, Clarendon TX 79226

First Baptist Church 806-874-3326
222 Sherwood Blvd, Clarendon TX 79226

First Baptist Church 806-856-5370
Main Street, Hedley TX 79237


Christian

First Christian Church 806-874-3212
120 East 3rd, Clarendon TX 79226


Church Of Christ

Church of Christ 806-874-2495
300 South Carhart, Clarendon, TX y79226


Methodist

First United Methodist Church 806-874-3367
420 South Jefferson, Clarendon TX 79226

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 Donley 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.

  • Donley County: Land O' Promise, 1975, by Virginia Browder.
  • Donley County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

Txdonley.jpg Texas Counties Map.TXGenWeb site.

Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Online Records

Newspapers

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

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

Probate

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

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

Donley County Genealogical Society
PO Box 116
Clarendon 79226
website

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Websites

  • USGenWeb project -  May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • USGenWeb Archives Project - transcriptions and photographs
  • TXGenWeb Donley 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), Donley County, Texas. Page 663 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. HistoricTexas.net: Donley County http://www3.historictexas.net/donley-county-texas
  3. Handbook of Texas Online: Donley County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcd10
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).