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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties G|Counties G]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Gaines County'' <br>
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Guide to '''Gaines County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Gaines 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 = Gaines County
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| adoption_sign = Adoption Hidden Ancestors
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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 = Seminole
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| building image = TexasGainesCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = Gaines County Courthouse<br>P. O. Box 847<br>
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101 South Main <br>Seminole, Texas 79360-4342}}
  
 
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== County Information ==
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== County Courthouse  ==
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==== County Courthouse  ====
  
 
[http://www.co.gaines.tx.us/ips/cms Gaines County Courthouse ]<br>P. O. Box 847 <br>101 South Main <br>Seminole, Texas 79360-4342<br> Phone: 915.758.4003<br><br>County Clerk has birth, death and court records<br> from 1903, marriage and probate records from<br> 1848 and land records from 1843<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gaines County, Texas. Page 664 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
[http://www.co.gaines.tx.us/ips/cms Gaines County Courthouse ]<br>P. O. Box 847 <br>101 South Main <br>Seminole, Texas 79360-4342<br> Phone: 915.758.4003<br><br>County Clerk has birth, death and court records<br> from 1903, marriage and probate records from<br> 1848 and land records from 1843<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gaines County, Texas. Page 664 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
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'''County Clerk '''
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101 South Main, Room 107<br>Seminole, Texas 79360<br>Phone: (432) 758-4003<br>FAX: (432) 758-1442
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'''District Clerk'''
  
County Clerk - Vicki Phillips<br>101 South Main, Room 107<br>Seminole, Texas 79360<br>Phone: (432) 758-4003<br>FAX: (432) 758-1442
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101 S. Main, Rm 311<br>Seminole 79360<br>Phone: 432-758-4014<br>Fax: 432-758-4036<br>
  
 
[http://www.co.gaines.tx.us/ips/cms Gaines County Government Website]  
 
[http://www.co.gaines.tx.us/ips/cms Gaines County Government Website]  
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&nbsp;Details: (Co Clk has b, m, d, bur, pro &amp; ct rec from 1905 &amp; land rec)  
 
&nbsp;Details: (Co Clk has b, m, d, bur, pro &amp; ct rec from 1905 &amp; land rec)  
  
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==== Gaines County, Texas Record Dates ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" |
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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" |1905
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1906
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1905
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1905
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|}
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1876--'''Gaines County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District. '''County seat:''' Seminole <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1876--'''Gaines County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Seminole <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, Gaines, Seagraves|place|disp=Seagraves}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
Ashmore | Bessie | Caput | Denver City (mostly in [[Yoakum County, Texas|Yoakum]] County) | Higginbotham | Loop | Seagraves | Seminole | Wasson | White City  
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Ashmore | Bessie | Caput | Denver City (mostly in [[Yoakum County, Texas Genealogy|Yoakum]] County) | Higginbotham | Loop | Seagraves | Seminole | Wasson | White City  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Andrews County, Texas|Andrews]]  
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[[Andrews County, Texas Genealogy|Andrews]] {{•}} [[Dawson County, Texas Genealogy|Dawson]] {{•}} [[Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy|Lea County, New Mexico]] {{•}} [[Martin County, Texas Genealogy|Martin]] [[Terry County, Texas Genealogy|Terry]] {{•}} [[Yoakum County, Texas Genealogy|Yoakum]]  
*[[Dawson County, Texas|Dawson]]  
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<center>{{TXGaines County Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Lea County, New Mexico|Lea County, New Mexico]]  
 
*[[Martin County, Texas|Martin]]  
 
*[[Terry County, Texas|Terry]]  
 
*[[Yoakum County, Texas|Yoakum]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*Loop Cemetery, Loop, Texas
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
*Seagraves Cemetery, Seagraves, Texas  
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*Gaines County Memorial Cemetery, Seminole, Texas
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{| width="75%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="2" border="1"
*Seminole Gaines County Cemetery (South), Seminole, Texas  
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*Webb Cemetery
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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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=2602&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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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=2602 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |  [http://www.linkpendium.com/gaines-tx-genealogy/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Gaines+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/gaines.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/Gaines/ListGaines.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/gaines/gaintoc.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/gaines/gaines-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=83 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaines/Cemeteries/Cemeteries.htm TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22658&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=2&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census  ====
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{{US Census population
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|1880= 8
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|1890= 68
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|1900= 55
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|1910= 1255
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|1920= 1018
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|1930= 2800
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|1940= 8136
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|1950= 8909
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|1960= 12267
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|1970= 11593
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|1980= 13150
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|1990= 14123
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|2000= 14467
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|2010= 17526
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}}
  
 
==== Churches  ====
 
==== Churches  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
*Ashmore Baptist Church - Loop  
 
*Ashmore Baptist Church - Loop  
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==== Funeral Homes  ====
 
==== Funeral Homes  ====
  
*Boyer Funeral Home - Seminole  
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*[http://www.boyerfuneralhome.net/ Boyer Funeral Home] - Seminole  
 
*Connally Funeral Home - Seagraves  
 
*Connally Funeral Home - Seagraves  
 
*Head Family Funeral Home - Seagraves  
 
*Head Family Funeral Home - Seagraves  
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*Singleton Funeral Home - Seminole
 
*Singleton Funeral Home - Seminole
  
==== Land ====
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==== Land ====
{{TX Land}}
 
  
==== Local Histories ====
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{{TX Land}}
{{TX County Histories}}
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==== Local Histories ====
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{{TX County Histories}}  
  
 
==== 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:Txgaines.jpg|400px|Txgaines.jpg]] <br> <br>
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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  ====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Military/WWI_Draft_A_L.htm World War I Draft Registrations (A-L)] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site  
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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 
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=====World War I=====
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*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Military/WWI_Draft_A_L.htm World War I Draft Registrations (A-L)] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Military/WWI_Draft_M_Z.htm World War I Draft Registrations (M-Z)] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site
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=====World War II=====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Military/WWI_Draft_M_Z.htm World War I Draft Registrations (M-Z)] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Military/WWII_Enlistment_Index.htm World War II Enlistment Records] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site  
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Military/WWII_Enlistment_Index.htm World War II Enlistment Records] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site
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=====Korean War=====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Military/Korean_War.htm Korean War Dead] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Military/Korean_War.htm Korean War Dead] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Gaines}}  
 
{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Gaines}}  
  
[http://www.seminolesentinel.com/ Seminole Sentinel]  
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*[http://www.seminolesentinel.com/ Seminole Sentinel]
  
 
These newspapers are not in Gaines County but contain news about its residents:  
 
These newspapers are not in Gaines County but contain news about its residents:  
  
[http://www.brownfieldonline.com/ The Brownfield News]  
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*[http://www.brownfieldonline.com/ The Brownfield News]  
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*[http://lubbockonline.com/ Lubbock Avalanche-Journal]
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==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
  
[http://lubbockonline.com/ Lubbock Avalanche-Journal]
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
==== Probate ====
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*'''1800–1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
{{TX Probate Intro}}
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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 ====
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==== Taxation ====
{{TX Tax Intro}}
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{{TX Tax Intro}}  
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{TX Vital Intro}}  
 
{{TX Vital Intro}}  
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Births/birth_index.htm Gaines County Births 1905-1933] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site  
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===== Birth  =====
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Deaths/Death_Index.htm Gaines County Deaths 1910-1974] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Divorces/00Divorce_Index.htm Gaines County Divorces 1968-1978] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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*[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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*'''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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*'''1905-1933''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Births/birth_index.htm Gaines County Births] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site
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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] (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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*'''1910-1974''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Deaths/Death_Index.htm Gaines County Deaths] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site
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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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*'''1968-1978''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgaine2/Divorces/00Divorce_Index.htm Gaines County Divorces] - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site
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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  ==
  
*[http://www.permiangen.com/ Permian Basin Genealogical Society]  
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'''Permian Basin Genealogical Society'''<br>311 W. 4th<br>Odessa, Texas<br> [http://www.permiangen.com/ Website] <br><br>
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsgs/ Texas State Genealogical Society]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsgs/ Texas State Genealogical Society]
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Seminole Texas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Seminole Texas Family History Center]]
  
== 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
 
 
 
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Gaines|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county
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*{{FHL|Texas Gaines|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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Latest revision as of 15:02, 4 May 2017

United States
Texas
Gaines County

Guide to Gaines 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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Gaines County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 21 August, 1876
County Seat Seminole
Courthouse
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Address Gaines County Courthouse
P. O. Box 847

101 South Main
Seminole, Texas 79360-4342

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County Information


County Courthouse

Gaines County Courthouse
P. O. Box 847
101 South Main
Seminole, Texas 79360-4342
Phone: 915.758.4003

County Clerk has birth, death and court records
from 1903, marriage and probate records from
1848 and land records from 1843[1]

County Clerk

101 South Main, Room 107
Seminole, Texas 79360
Phone: (432) 758-4003
FAX: (432) 758-1442

District Clerk

101 S. Main, Rm 311
Seminole 79360
Phone: 432-758-4014
Fax: 432-758-4036

Gaines County Government Website

 Details: (Co Clk has b, m, d, bur, pro & ct rec from 1905 & land rec)


Gaines County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1905 1906 1880 1905 1905


History

Parent County

1876--Gaines County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District.

  • County seat: Seminole [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Ashmore | Bessie | Caput | Denver City (mostly in Yoakum County) | Higginbotham | Loop | Seagraves | Seminole | Wasson | White City

Neighboring Counties

Andrews  • Dawson  • Lea County, New Mexico  • Martin Terry  • Yoakum

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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
Names in Stone TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18808
189068750.0%
190055−19.1%
19101,2552,181.8%
19201,018−18.9%
19302,800175.0%
19408,136190.6%
19508,9099.5%
196012,26737.7%
197011,593−5.5%
198013,15013.4%
199014,1237.4%
200014,4672.4%
201017,52621.1%

Churches

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.


  • Ashmore Baptist Church - Loop
  • Loop Baptist Church - Loop
  • Loop Church of Christ - Loop
  • Apostolic Assembly - Seagraves
  • Church of Christ - Seagraves 
  • Church of the Nazarene - Seagraves
  • First Assembly of God - Seagraves
  • First Baptist Church - Seagraves
  • First United Methodist Church - Seagraves
  • Mt. Olive Baptist Church - Seagraves
  • St. Paul's Catholic Church - Seagraves
  • Sendero Pathway Assembly of God - Seagraves
  • Temple Baptist Chruch - Seagraves
  • Templo Bautista Getsemani - Segraves
  • Agape Church - Seminole
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Seminole
  • Family Harvest Church - Seminole
  • Fifth Street Church of Christ - Seminole
  • First Assembly of God - Seminole
  • First Baptist Church of Seminole - Seminole
  • First Methodist Church - Seminole
  • First Presbyterian Church - Seminole
  • First United Methodist Church - Seminole
  • German Church of God - Seminole 
  • Gospel Mennonite Church - Seminole
  • Sommerfeld Mennonite Church - Seminole
  • South Seminole Baptist Church - Seminole
  • St. James Catholic Church - Seminole
  • West Side Church of Christ - Seminole


Court

Funeral Homes

  • Boyer Funeral Home - Seminole
  • Connally Funeral Home - Seagraves
  • Head Family Funeral Home - Seagraves
  • Mark A. Jones Funeral Home - Seagraves
  • Ratliff Funeral Home - Seminole
  • Singleton Funeral Home - Seminole

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 Gaines 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
World War I
World War II
Korean War

Newspapers

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

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

These newspapers are not in Gaines County but contain news about its residents:

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

Permian Basin Genealogical Society
311 W. 4th
Odessa, Texas
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
  • 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), Gaines County, Texas. Page 664 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).