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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties F|Counties F]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Freestone 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 F|Counties F]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Freestone County'' <br>  
  
Guide to '''Freestone County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Freestone 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 = Freestone County
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| adoption_sign = Adoption Hidden Ancestors
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| county_map = Tx-freestone.png
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1850
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| seat = Fairfield, TX
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| building address = Freestone County Courthouse<br>PO Box 307<br>Fairfield, TX 75840}}  
  
Adopted by [http://freestoneco.org/ TXGenWeb Freestone County]
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== County Information ==
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Cheryl Burks
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.co.freestone.tx.us/ips/cms Freestone County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 307<br> Fairfield, TX 75840<br> Phone: 903.389.2635
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County Clerk has birth and death records<br> from 1903,marriage records from 1853,<br> land, probate, military discharge and court<br> records from 1851<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Freestone County, Texas. Page 664 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
  
[[Image:TexasFreestoneCourthouse.jpg|thumb|right|295px]]
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'''County Clerk '''<br>
  
[http://www.co.freestone.tx.us/ips/cms Freestone County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 307<br> Fairfield, TX 75840<br> Phone: 903.389.2635 <br>  
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103 E Main<br>P O Box 1010<br>Fairfield, TX 75840<br>Phone: 903-389-2635
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'''District Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 722<br>Fairfield 75840<br>Phone: 903-389-2534
  
County Clerk has birth and death records<br> from 1903,marriage records from 1853,<br> land, probate, military discharge and court<br> records from 1851<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Freestone County, Texas. Page 664 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
 
  
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Freestone County has been home to four courthouses. The first three were constructed in 1851, 1855, 1891. The current courthouse, a 4-story brick building with classic details, was built in 1919. <ref>HistoricTexas.net: Freestone County http://www3.historictexas.net/freestone-county-texas</ref>  
  
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Freestone County Courthouse
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[http://www.co.freestone.tx.us/ips/cms/ Freestone County Government Website] 
 
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Freestone County has been home two four courthouse. The first three were constructed in 1851, 1855, 1891. The current courthouse, a 4-story brick building with classic details, was built in 1919. <ref>HistoricTexas.net: Freestone County http://www3.historictexas.net/freestone-county-texas</ref>
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==== Freestone County, Texas Record Dates ====
 
 
Freestone County Courthouse<br>County Clerk - Linda Jarvis <br>103 E Main<br>P O Box 1010<br>Fairfield, TX 75840<br>Phone: 903-389-2635<br>[http://www.co.freestone.tx.us/ips/cms/ Freestone County Government Website]
 
  
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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" |1851
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1860
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1851
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
The first settlement of the area was about 1830.  
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'''1830--'''The first settlement of the area was about 1830.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1850--'''Freestone County was created 6 September 1850 from [[Limestone County, Texas|Limestone]] County. The county was organized in 1851, with Mound Prairie selected as the county seat.&nbsp; The name of the town was soon changed to Fairfield.&nbsp;<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Freestone County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf09</ref> '''County seat:''' Fairfield <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1850--'''Freestone County was created 6 September 1850 from [[Limestone County, Texas Genealogy|Limestone]] County. The county was organized in 1851, with Mound Prairie selected as the county seat.&nbsp; The name of the town was soon changed to Fairfield.<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Freestone County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf09</ref><br>
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*'''County seat:''' Fairfield <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Freestone, Dew|place|disp=Dew}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Freestone, Donie|place|disp=Donie}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Freestone, Fairfield|place|disp=Fairfield}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Freestone, Mills|place|disp=Mills}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Freestone, Teague|place|disp=Teague}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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'''Cities''': {{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone%2C+Fairfield|subject|disp=Fairfield}} | Teague  
 
'''Cities''': {{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone%2C+Fairfield|subject|disp=Fairfield}} | Teague  
  
'''Towns:'''&nbsp; {{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone%2C+Donie|subject|disp=Donie}} | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone%2C+Mills|subject|disp=Mills}} | Kirvin | Oakwood | Streetman (partly in [[Navarro County, Texas|Navarro]] County) | Wortham  
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'''Towns:'''&nbsp; {{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone%2C+Donie|subject|disp=Donie}} | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone%2C+Mills|subject|disp=Mills}} | Kirvin | Oakwood | Streetman (partly in [[Navarro County, Texas Genealogy|Navarro]] County) | Wortham  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Anderson County, Texas|Anderson]]  
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[[Anderson County, Texas Genealogy|Anderson]] {{•}}{{•}} [[Henderson County, Texas Genealogy|Henderson]] {{•}}{{•}} [[Leon County, Texas Genealogy|Leon]] {{•}}{{•}} [[Limestone County, Texas Genealogy|Limestone]] {{•}}{{•}} [[Navarro County, Texas Genealogy|Navarro]]  
*[[Henderson County, Texas|Henderson]]  
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<center>{{TX Freestone County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Leon County, Texas|Leon]]  
 
*[[Limestone County, Texas|Limestone]]  
 
*[[Navarro County, Texas|Navarro]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2665 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | {{FHL|510425|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2600 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+Freestone+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Freestone/ListFreestone.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.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102082 Chancellor Cemetery, Fairfield] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102082 Chancellor Cemetery, Fairfield] BillionGraves
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==== Census  ====
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{{US Census population
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|1860= 6881
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|1870= 8139
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|1880= 14921
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|1890= 15987
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|1900= 18910
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|1910= 20557
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|1920= 23264
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|1930= 22589
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|1940= 21138
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|1950= 15696
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|1960= 12525
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|1970= 11116
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|1980= 14830
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|1990= 15818
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|2000= 17867
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|2010= 19816
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}}
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}  
 
{{TX County Histories}}  
  
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==== 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:Txfreestone.jpg|400px|Txfreestone.jpg]]
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1838-1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*'''1845-1848''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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=====Civil War=====
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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  ====
 
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Freestone}}  
 
{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Freestone}}  
  
 
*[http://www.freestonecountytimes.com/ Freestone County Times Newspaper]
 
*[http://www.freestonecountytimes.com/ Freestone County Times Newspaper]
  
==== 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/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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''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''' [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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*'''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  =====
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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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*'''1903-1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681049 Texas Deaths and Burials 1903 - 1973] (index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1903-1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates] 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 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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===== Divorce  =====
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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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'''Freestone County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 14<br>Fairfield, TX. 75840<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txfreest/fcgs/fcgs.htm website]<br>[http://www.freestoneco.org/?f website]<br><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 ==
  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Texas Freestone|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

Freestone County Courthouse
PO Box 307
Fairfield, TX 75840
Phone: 903.389.2635

County Clerk has birth and death records
from 1903,marriage records from 1853,
land, probate, military discharge and court
records from 1851[1]

County Clerk

103 E Main
P O Box 1010
Fairfield, TX 75840
Phone: 903-389-2635

District Clerk

P.O. Box 722
Fairfield 75840
Phone: 903-389-2534


Freestone County has been home to four courthouses. The first three were constructed in 1851, 1855, 1891. The current courthouse, a 4-story brick building with classic details, was built in 1919. [2]

Freestone County Courthouse

Freestone County Government Website

Freestone County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1851 1860 1850 1851

History

1830--The first settlement of the area was about 1830.

Parent County

1850--Freestone County was created 6 September 1850 from Limestone County. The county was organized in 1851, with Mound Prairie selected as the county seat.  The name of the town was soon changed to Fairfield.[3]

  • County seat: Fairfield [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Cities: Fairfield | Teague

Towns:  Donie | Mills | Kirvin | Oakwood | Streetman (partly in Navarro County) | Wortham

Neighboring Counties

Anderson  •  • Henderson  •  • Leon  •  • Limestone  •  • Navarro

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Resources

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.
18606,881
18708,13918.3%
188014,92183.3%
189015,9877.1%
190018,91018.3%
191020,5578.7%
192023,26413.2%
193022,589−2.9%
194021,138−6.4%
195015,696−25.7%
196012,525−20.2%
197011,116−11.2%
198014,83033.4%
199015,8186.7%
200017,86713.0%
201019,81610.9%


Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


Court

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.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Freestone 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.

  • A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, 1883. Digital book on line from the Portal to Texas History.
  • History of Freestone County, Texas, 1978, by the Freestone County Historical Commission.
  • Freestone County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Freestone 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

Freestone County Genealogical Society
PO Box 14
Fairfield, TX. 75840
website
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

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Freestone County, Texas. Page 664 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. HistoricTexas.net: Freestone County http://www3.historictexas.net/freestone-county-texas
  3. Handbook of Texas Online: Freestone County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf09
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).