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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]] Grayson 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 G|Counties G]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Grayson County'' <br>  
  
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Guide to '''Grayson 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 = Grayson County
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| county_map = Tx-grayson.png
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1846
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| founded date = May 17
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| seat = Sherman
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| building image = TexasGraysonCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = Grayson County Courthouse<br>100 W. Houston, Suite 17<br>Sherman 75090}}
  
 
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== County Information ==
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==== County Courthouse ====
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[[Image:Grayson county courthouse2.jpg|right|250px]]<br> [http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/ Grayson County Courthouse]
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'''County Clerk'''
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100 W. Houston, Suite 17<br>Sherman 75090<br>Phone: 903-813-4235<br>Fax: 903-870-0829
  
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'''District Clerk'''
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200 S. Crockett, Rm. Ste. 120-A<br>Sherman 75090<br>Phone: 903-813-4352<br>
  
== County Courthouse<br>  ==
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==== Grayson County, Texas Record Dates ====
  
[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/ Grayson County Courthouse]<br> '''The Grayson County Courthouse &amp;&nbsp;Official Flag''' [[Image:Grayson county courthouse2.jpg|frame|center|279px|Grayson county courthouse2.jpg]]<br>
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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%" align="center" |1846
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== '''History'''  ==
 
== '''History'''  ==
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Image:Grayson county courthouse3.jpg|frame|left|402px|Grayson county courthouse3.jpg]]<br>  
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[[Image:Grayson county courthouse3.jpg|frame|left|100px]]<br>  
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The first courthouse was constructed in 1847 and torn down in 1858, the story passed down is that some men were drunk and made a bet on how many eggs were in a goose's nest under the building; so they tore it down to find out!<br>  
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The first courthouse was constructed in 1847 and torn down in 1858.<br>  
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This old photograph had this statement attched; "I, J.P. Loving, do hereby certify that the above photogrpah is a true picture of the first court house built in the present town of Sherman, Texas, and that it was customary for juries trying cases in said court house to retire to the shade of the old Pecan tree, then standing on the public square to consider their verdict" signed Jesse P. Loving.<br>  
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This old photograph had this statement attached; "I, J.P. Loving, do hereby certify that the above photograph is a true picture of the first court house built in the present town of Sherman, Texas, and that it was customary for juries trying cases in said court house to retire to the shade of the old Pecan tree, then standing on the public square to consider their verdict" signed Jesse P. Loving.<br>  
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The pecan tree he mentioned was used as a bank of sorts. People would hang their saddlebags and other personal property on or under the old pecan tree and they knew everything would be safe on their reurn. Even bags of gold were left there undisturbed. No one is ever known to have violated the sanctity of this 'bank'.<br>  
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The pecan tree he mentioned was used as a bank of sorts. People would hang their saddlebags and other personal property on or under the old pecan tree and they knew everything would be safe on their reurn. Even bags of gold were left there undisturbed. No one is ever known to have violated the sanctity of this 'bank'.<br>  
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grayson County is located at the top of Texas and is home to the famed '''Preston Road'''. This road was a major pioneer road, crossing the Red River into Texas. Just to the east of the Preston Road was the '''Shawnee Trail''', the first cattle drive road in Texas. This cattle trail crossed the Red River in a natural rock formed cattle shute and herds passed through the Indian Nations in Oklahoma to reach the railheads in Kansas.&nbsp;
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Grayson County is located at the top of Texas and is home to the famed '''Preston Road'''. This road was a major pioneer road, crossing the Red River into Texas. Just to the east of the Preston Road was the '''Shawnee Trail''', the first cattle drive road in Texas. This cattle trail crossed the Red River in a natural rock formed cattle shute and herds passed through the Indian Nations in Oklahoma to reach the railheads in Kansas.  
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The&nbsp; '''Butterfield Overland Mail route''' also passed through Grayson county, this land was a vital link for pioneers entering the West. <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Image:Bois d arc tree.jpg|frame|center|Bois d arc tree.jpg]]  
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The '''Butterfield Overland Mail route''' also passed through Grayson county, this land was a vital link for pioneers entering the West. <br> [[Image:Bois d arc tree.jpg|frame|left|250px]]  
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Above is an Old Bois d' Arc Tree in a field of Indian Blanket Flowers. This area of Texas is a rich land, beautiful with&nbsp; rolling hills, prairie grasses; native pecan, oak, hackberry, elms, black walnut, chinaberry, blackjack, and more, and of course our famous Bois d'arc trees forrest the land.  
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Above is an Old Bois d' Arc Tree in a field of Indian Blanket Flowers. This area of Texas is a rich land, beautiful with rolling hills, prairie grasses; native pecan, oak, hackberry, elms, black walnut, chinaberry, blackjack, and more, and of course our famous Bois d'arc trees forrest the land.  
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bois d'arc trees were a cash crop in the 1800's, used as a windbreak and a living livestock fence, this tree originated in Grayson County and its neighbor to the east, Fannin County, Texas and is one of the few trees left in the world that is prehistoric. It was ironic for the American Soldiers from Texas to have to break through the Bois d'arch hedges of France and Germany in WWI&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;WWII. Every one of the trees that impeded our tanks and troups, came from 'back home'. This tree is called by many names, hedgeapple, horseapple, Texas orange, Osage Orange, ironwood and other names. It was of course named for its main historical use, 'Wood of the Bow'. Bows made of Bois d'arc wood were found anciently deep in South America. The Natives traded the bows and the wood far and wide.<br>  
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Bois d'arc trees were a cash crop in the 1800's, used as a windbreak and a living livestock fence, this tree originated in Grayson County and its neighbor to the east, Fannin County, Texas and is one of the few trees left in the world that is prehistoric. It was ironic for the American Soldiers from Texas to have to break through the Bois d'arch hedges of France and Germany in WWI and WWII. Every one of the trees that impeded our tanks and troops, came from 'back home'. This tree is called by many names, hedgeapple, horseapple, Texas orange, Osage Orange, ironwood and other names. It was of course named for its main historical use, 'Wood of the Bow'. Bows made of Bois d'arc wood were found anciently deep in South America. The Natives traded the bows and the wood far and wide.<br>  
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grayson County is home to the two Americans' to receive France's highest honor,&nbsp; the French Legion of Honor. '''Dwight D. Eisenhour''', who was born in Denison, Grayson County and '''Thomas V. Munson''', who saved Europe's grape &amp; wine industy by his research and development of using grafts of our Texas native grapevine stock to save them from extinction.<br>  
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Grayson County is home to the two Americans' to receive France's highest honor, and the French Legion of Honor. '''Dwight D. Eisenhower''', who was born in Denison, Grayson County and '''Thomas V. Munson''', who saved Europe's grape and wine industry by his research and development of using grafts of our Texas native grapevine stock to save them from extinction.<br>  
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; '''Lake Texoma''', one of largest reservoirs in the United States was a project envolving placing a large dam just North of Denison,Texas in the 1940's and is a very popular vacation spot today. It is the home of two wildlife habitats. This lake ended most of the flooding from the Red River.  
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'''Lake Texoma''', one of largest reservoirs in the United States was a project involving placing a large dam just North of Denison,Texas in the 1940's and is a very popular vacation spot today. It is the home of two wildlife habitats. This lake ended most of the flooding from the Red River.  
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grayson County is a beautiful place to live.<br>  
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Grayson County is a beautiful place to live.<br>  
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/earlyhistory.html '''Read about early Grayson County, Texas''']<br>  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/ANewLand/History/History.html '''Read about early Grayson County, Texas''']<br>  
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcg09 '''Read More about Grayson County, Texas''']
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/ANewLand/Towns/VanAlstyne/VA_History/TrailsOfOurPast.html '''Articles about Grayson County History''']
  
[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcg09 '''Read More about Grayson County, Texas''']
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Parent County was Fannin County - Grayson County was formed May 17, 1846  
 
 
&nbsp;'''Parent County was Fannin County - Grayson County was formed May 17, 1846'''
 
  
 
'''County seat:''' Sherman <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''County seat:''' Sherman <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
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Grayson County Frontier Village in Denison, Texas is a place where Grayson County history is brought to life. It also houses a database of Katy Railroad Workers and has a research center in the museum building. They are glad to help patrons with their genealogical search. <br>  
 
Grayson County Frontier Village in Denison, Texas is a place where Grayson County history is brought to life. It also houses a database of Katy Railroad Workers and has a research center in the museum building. They are glad to help patrons with their genealogical search. <br>  
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/frontierv.html Read More about Frontier Village]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/frontierv.html Read More about Frontier Village]
  
 
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[[Image:Grayson county courthouse.jpg|thumb|center|450px|Grayson county courthouse.jpg]]  
 
[[Image:Grayson county courthouse.jpg|thumb|center|450px|Grayson county courthouse.jpg]]  
  
'''1930 Fire--'''The Third Grayson County courthouse was burned by a mob on May 9, 1930.&nbsp;<ref>Sherman, TX Grayson County Courthouse Burned by Mob, May 1930 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17865/sherman-tx-grayson-county-courthouse-burned-mob-may-1930</ref> However ALL of the vital records, land records, and most court records were saved from this fire. The courthouse had records in fire proof rooms and storage areas.  
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'''1930 Fire--'''The Third Grayson County courthouse was burned by a mob on May 9, 1930.<ref>Sherman, TX Grayson County Courthouse Burned by Mob, May 1930 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17865/sherman-tx-grayson-county-courthouse-burned-mob-may-1930</ref> However ALL of the vital records, land records, and most court records were saved from this fire. The courthouse had records in fire proof rooms and storage areas.  
  
 
== '''Populated Places'''  ==
 
== '''Populated Places'''  ==
  
Sherman is the county seat, other towns and communities alphabetically; Bells (formerly called Bailey Junction, Gospel Ridge, Bellsplain and Belvue); Collinsville (previously called Springville and Toadsuck); Denison; Dorchester; Gordonville; Gunter; Howe (first called Summit);&nbsp; Luella; Pottsboro; Sadler, Southmayd; Tioga; Tom Bean; Van Alstyne; Whitesboro (previous names-City of Divide, The Wolfe Path; White Settlement; White Colony);&nbsp; and Whitewright. [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/towns.html Visit My Grayson County Town Page]  
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Denison|place|disp=Denison}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Howe|place|disp=Howe}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Kentuckytown|place|disp=Kentuckytown}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Sadler|place|disp=Sadler}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Sherman|place|disp=Sherman}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Tioga|place|disp=Tioga}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Whitesboro|place|disp=Whitesboro}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Whitewright|place|disp=Whitewright}}
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Sherman is the county seat, other towns and communities alphabetically; Bells (formerly called Bailey Junction, Gospel Ridge, Bellsplain and Belvue); Collinsville (previously called Springville and Toadsuck); Denison; Dorchester; Gordonville; Gunter; Howe (first called Summit);&nbsp; Luella; Pottsboro; Sadler, Southmayd; Tioga; Tom Bean; Van Alstyne; Whitesboro (previous names-City of Divide, The Wolfe Path; White Settlement; White Colony);&nbsp; and Whitewright. [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/ANewLand/Towns/Towns.html Visit My Grayson County Town Page]  
  
 
== '''Small Communities and Archaic Place Names'''<br>  ==
 
== '''Small Communities and Archaic Place Names'''<br>  ==
  
Ambrose, Basin Springs, Bethel, Blackmon Chapel; Blanks Community; Bliss; Cannon; Carpenters Bluff; Cedar Mills; Center; Choctaw; Desert; Devoignes; Dixie; Dripping Springs; Elmont; Ellsworth; Enterprise; Farmington; Fink; Friendship; Gage; Georgetown; Hackberry; Hagerman; Hayhurst; Highway; Ida; Jamison (Jameson); Kentuckytown; Knollwood; Locust;Macomb; Mantua; Marilee; Nance Prairie; Needle Ridge (Christian Chapel Community); Norton; Oak Grove; Oxford Community; Pilot Grove; Pink Hill; Plainview; Preston; Quillen; Red Branch; Red River City; Rock Creek; Rose Hill; Sanborn; Sandusky; Sedalia (also called Yakima); Smith Oaks; South Gale; Sperry; Warner Junction; Washita Bend; Waterloo; Whitemound; Whiterock;&nbsp;; and Woodlake (also called Tanyard Springs). I'm sure I'll find more!
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Ambrose, Basin Springs, Bethel, Blackmon Chapel; Blanks Community; Bliss; Cannon; Carpenters Bluff; Cedar Mills; Center; Choctaw; Desert; Devoignes; Dixie; Dripping Springs; Elmont; Ellsworth; Enterprise; Farmington; Fink; Friendship; Gage; Georgetown; Hackberry; Hagerman; Hayhurst; Highway; Ida; Jamison (Jameson); Kentuckytown; Knollwood; Locust;Macomb; Mantua; Marilee; Nance Prairie; Needle Ridge (Christian Chapel Community); Norton; Oak Grove; Oxford Community; Pilot Grove; Pink Hill; Plainview; Preston; Quillen; Red Branch; Red River City; Rock Creek; Rose Hill; Sanborn; Sandusky; Sedalia (also called Yakima); Smith Oaks; South Gale; Sperry; Warner Junction; Washita Bend; Waterloo; Whitemound; Whiterock; and Woodlake (also called Tanyard Springs).  
  
 
== '''Neighboring Counties'''  ==
 
== '''Neighboring Counties'''  ==
  
*[[Bryan County, Oklahoma|Bryan County, Oklahoma]]  
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[[Bryan County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Bryan County, Oklahoma]] {{•}} [[Collin County, Texas Genealogy|Collin]] {{•}} [[Cooke County, Texas Genealogy|Cooke]] {{•}} [[Denton County, Texas Genealogy|Denton]] {{•}} [[Fannin County, Texas Genealogy|Fannin]] {{•}} [[Marshall County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Marshall County, Oklahoma]]  
*[[Collin County, Texas|Collin]]  
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<center>{{TX Grayson County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Cooke County, Texas|Cooke]]  
 
*[[Denton County, Texas|Denton]]  
 
*[[Fannin County, Texas|Fannin]]  
 
*[[Love County, Oklahoma|Love County, Oklahoma]]  
 
*[[Marshall County, Oklahoma|Marshall County, Oklahoma]]
 
 
 
 
== '''Resources<br>'''  ==
 
== '''Resources<br>'''  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/ Grayson County,Texas ~ TXGenWeb- maps, biographical and historical data, cemeteries, obituaries, articles and all kinds of useful information.]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/index.html Grayson County,Texas ~ TXGenWeb- maps, biographical and historical data, cemeteries, obituaries, articles and all kinds of useful information.]  
*[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/main.htm Grayson County, Texas - Official County Website]  
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*[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/default.aspx?name=cclk.genealogy Grayson County, Texas - Official County Website]  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/records2.html Online books about Grayson County, Texas]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/PAPERTRAIL/Books/OnlineBks.html Online books about Grayson County, Texas]  
 
*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/search The Handbook of Texas Online] - Searchable  
 
*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/search The Handbook of Texas Online] - Searchable  
*[http://www.txfannin.org/booksonline.php?book=Souv&type_PG=Cover Biographical Souvenir of Texas] - 1889
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*[http://www.txfannin.org/booksonline.php?book=Souv&type_PG=Cover Biographical Souvenir of Texas] - 1889  
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*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25214/?q=Grayson%20county Inventory of county records, Grayson County courthouse, Sherman, Texas]<br>
  
== '''Cemeteries''' ==
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'''[[Image:Cemetery shot.jpg|frame|center|Cemetery shot.jpg]]'''  
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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The most complete collection of Grayson County, TX cemetery information on the web is on the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/index.html Grayson County TXGenWeb] website. <br>
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2610 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Grayson+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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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/Grayson/ListGrayson.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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'''[[Image:Cemetery shot.jpg|frame|right|Cemetery]]'''  
  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grayson County's beautiful rolling green hills hold more than 200 cemeteries.  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grayson County's beautiful rolling green hills hold more than 200 cemeteries.  
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/cemeteries.html There are more than 200 cemeteries in Grayson County,Texas. I have been working for more than 13 years on collecting&nbsp; - cemetery data, tombstone photographs and new info being added every week.]
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*&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=118371026367896458229.00045c5229886f3de16ac&t=h&z=9 Google Map of Grayson County Cemeteries].
*I&nbsp;have made a [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=118371026367896458229.00045c5229886f3de16ac&t=h&z=9 Google Map of Grayson County Cemeteries].
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== '''Census''' ==
  
 
== '''Churches'''  ==
 
== '''Churches'''  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/church.html Grayson County Churches], Photographs, Historical Markers, Links '''Books ~ onlne!''' <br>  
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{{TX Church Intro}}
*Many [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/records2.html Grayson County Books are online and complete!]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/GatheredTogether/CHURCH/Churches.html Grayson County Churches], Photographs, Historical Markers, Links '''Books ~ onlne!''' <br>  
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*[http://www.saintstephenssherman.org/ St Stephens Episcopal Church, Sherman]
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*Many [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxgrayso/PAPERTRAIL/Books/OnlineBks.html Grayson County Books are online and complete!]
  
 
== '''Schools'''  ==
 
== '''Schools'''  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/schools.html Grayson County School Page]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/GatheredTogether/SCHOOL/SCHOOLS.html Grayson County School Page]  
 
*[http://www.austincollege.edu/ Austin College is in Grayson County!]
 
*[http://www.austincollege.edu/ Austin College is in Grayson County!]
  
 
== '''Historical Markers'''  ==
 
== '''Historical Markers'''  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/commish.html Grayson County Historical Markers]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/ANewLand/HistoricalMarkers/HistoricalMarkers.html Grayson County Historical Markers]  
*Offical State of [http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-county.htm Texas Historical Marker Atlas ~ Search form.]
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*Official State of [http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-county.htm Texas Historical Marker Atlas ~ Search form.]
  
 
== '''Railroads'''  ==
 
== '''Railroads'''  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/railroad.html Railroads were very important to Grayson County&nbsp;!]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/ANewLand/Transportation/TheIronHorse/Railroads.html Railroads were very important to Grayson County&nbsp;!]
  
 
== '''Court'''  ==
 
== '''Court'''  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/records.html All About Grayson County Offical Records.]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/CradletoGrave/CradleGrave.html All About Grayson County Official Records]  
*[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/County%20Clerk/genealogy.pdf Offical Grayson County Clerk's Genealogy Page.]
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*[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/County%20Clerk/genealogy.pdf Official Grayson County Clerk's Genealogy Page]
  
 
== '''Land'''  ==
 
== '''Land'''  ==
  
*Land Records are kept in the Grayson County Clerk's Office.  
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{{TX Land}}
*Very early records made during the Republic of Texas are found in Fannin County's Courthouse and in the Texas State Archives.
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*Land Records are kept in the [http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/default.aspx?name=cclk.genealogy Grayson County Clerk's Office].  
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*Very early records made during the Republic of Texas are found in Fannin County's Courthouse and in the Texas State Archives.  
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*'''1908''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/ANewLand/Maps/1908PlatBook/1908PlattBk.html Grayson County, Texas Plat Book] This book has biographcial sketches as well as detailed maps with land owners. It even shows the location of individual houses around the countryside. Some cemetery locations are visible in this book.
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== '''Local Histories'''<span id="1289405090408E" style="display: none"></span>  ==
  
== '''Local Histories'''<span id="1289405090408E" style="display: none">&nbsp;</span>  ==
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-24648:1 A history of Grayson County, Texas / Mattie Davis Lucas (Mrs. W. H. Lucas) and Mita Holsapple Hall (Mrs. H. E. Hall) 1936]  
 
*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-24648:1 A history of Grayson County, Texas / Mattie Davis Lucas (Mrs. W. H. Lucas) and Mita Holsapple Hall (Mrs. H. E. Hall) 1936]  
*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-24647:1 An Illustated History of Grayson County, Texas , by Graham Landrum, 1960- Included in this book is a pioneer index that covers people from the 1830's to 1870.]  
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*'''1830's-1870''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-24647:1 An Illustated History of Grayson County, Texas , by Graham Landrum, 1960- Included in this book is a "pioneer index" that covers people from the 1830's to 1870.]  
*History of Grayson County, Texas ( 2 Vols 1979&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp;1981) by Grayson County Frontier Village
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*Ancestors and Decendants of Grayson County, Texas - by the Grayson County Genealogical Society 1980  
 
*Ancestors and Decendants of Grayson County, Texas - by the Grayson County Genealogical Society 1980  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/black.html Black Friday ~ May 15, 1896 ~ The Sherman Cyclone]  
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*[http://www.txfannin.org/booksonline.php?book=Souv&type_PG=Cover A Biographical Souvenir of Texas,] 1889 This book contains biographical sketches of families written by themselves. It contains a lot of Grayson County people.
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/records2.html Online Books about Grayson County and Grayson County people.]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/county_history/glimpses.html Glimpses of Grayson County From the Early Days], 1894
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*'''1896''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/ANewLand/Towns/Sherman/BlackFriday-Book/BlackFridayIndexes.html Black Friday ~ May 15, 1896 ~ The Sherman Cyclone]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/Denison/DenisonGateway.html Denison, The Texas-Gateway, Busy, Progressive City with Golden Opportunities], 1908
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/ANewLand/Maps/1908PlatBook/1908PlattBk.html Grayson County, Texas Plat Book, 1908 ( Includes biographical sketches and all land owners)]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxgrayso/PAPERTRAIL/Books/OnlineBks.html Online Books about Grayson County and Grayson County people.]  
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*'''1879-1899''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11287/m1/1/ The Old Settlers Association of Grayson Co. Vol 1.1879-1899]<br>
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*'''1989-1944''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11287/ The Old Settlers Association of Grayson Co. Vol 2.1898-1944]<br>
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*'''1911-1925''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11286/?q=grayson%20county The Old Settlers Association of Grayson Co. Vol 3.1911-1925<br>]
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*'''1926-1960''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11285/?q=grayson%20county The Old Settlers Association of Grayson Co. Vol 4.1926-1960]<br>
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*[http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=loc.ark%3A%2F13960%2Ft3st7xs7j;q1=%22Grayson%20County%22%20%20Texas Sherman Texas Indelible Photographs 1890<br>]
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*'''1926-1946''' [http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc12178/m2/1/high_res_d/thesis.pdf Grayson County, Texas in the Depression and War&nbsp;: 1929 - 1946] by David Park<br>
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*[http://archive.org/stream/historyoftexaste04john#page/n5/mode/2up A HISTORY OF TEXAS AND TEXANS] by Frank W. Johnson<br>
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*'''1979 and 1981''' History of Grayson County, Texas ( 2 Vols 1979 &amp;1981) by Grayson County Frontier Village
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'''City Directories''':<br>
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'''1976''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/grayson/graystoc.htm Sherman - Denison City Directory 1876]<br>
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'''1887-1888''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/PAPERTRAIL/1887Shercitydirectory/cover.html Morrison &amp; Formby's General Directory of the City of Sherman 1887-1888]<br>
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'''1893-1894''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/PAPERTRAIL/1893CityDirectory/1893_1.html Sherman - Denison City Directory 1893- 1894]<br>
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'''1898-1899'''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/DenisonSoc/1898DenSherDir/1898-1899-1.html Maloney's Denison - Sherman City Directory, 1898 - 1899<br>
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'''1899-1900''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/PAPERTRAIL/1899%20city%20directory/1899-1.html Maloney's Denison - Sherman City Directory, 1899 - 1900]<br>
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'''1887-1888''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/PAPERTRAIL/1887Shercitydirectory/index.html Morrison &amp;Formby's Sherman City Directory, 1887 - 1888]<br>
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'''1910-1911''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth113794/?q=sherman R.L. Polk Co.'s Sherman City Directory, 1910 - 1911]
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'''1912-1913''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth113795/?q=sherman R.L. Polk Co.'s Sherman City Directory, 1912 - 1913]
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'''1918''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth113796/?q=sherman R.L. Polk Co.'s Sherman City Directory, 1918]<br>
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'''1923''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth113797/?q=sherman R.L. Polk Co.'s Sherman City Directory, 1923]
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'''1925''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth113798/?q=sherman R.L. Polk Co.'s Sherman City Directory, 1925]<br>
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'''1935''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth113799/m1/1/?q=grayson%20count,%20texas Worley's Sherman City Directory, 1935]<br>
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'''1940''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth113791/?q=sherman History and Business Guide of Sherman &amp; Grayson County, 1940]<br>
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'''1947-1948''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth113800/m1/1/?q=grayson%20count,%20texas Worley's Sherman City Directory, 1947-8]<br>
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'''1948''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth113792/m1/1/?q=sherman%20business History and Business Guide of Sherman &amp; Grayson County,1948]<br>
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'''1973''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/PAPERTRAIL/GCruraldir1973/RuralDirectory_1.html Grayson County Rural Directory 1973]
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== '''Maps of Grayson County'''  ==
 
== '''Maps of Grayson County'''  ==
  
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[[Image:Txgrayson.jpg|400px|right|Txgrayson.jpg]] <br>
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/maps.html Maps of Grayson County &amp;&nbsp;Texas]<br>
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/ANewLand/Maps/Maps.html Maps of Grayson County &amp;Texas]<br>
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*'''1897''' [http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/texas-maps/tx-grayson-county-texas-1897-map.html Map of 1897 Grayson County, Texas] with numerous small settlements. (My Genealogy Hound)<br>
  
== '''Military''' ==
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== Military  ==
  
*Grayson County Military history is a proud one.[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/military.html &nbsp; Useful links and information.]  
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*Grayson County Military history is a proud one.[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/HomeTownHeroes/Military/MilitaryPage.html Useful links and information.]  
 
*'''Perrin Air Force Base''' was located in Grayson County. View various webpages about it, in the link listed for military history above.  
 
*'''Perrin Air Force Base''' was located in Grayson County. View various webpages about it, in the link listed for military history above.  
*Historical Research Center - Hillsboro, Tx., has one of the worlds best [http://www.hillcollege.edu/info/texasheritagemuseum/?d=12 Confederate Research] &amp; Civil War collections.
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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 '''$'''
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===Mexican-American War===
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*'''1845-1848''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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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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*Historical Research Center - Hillsboro, Tx., has one of the worlds best [http://www.hillcollege.edu/museum/research-center.html Confederate Research] &amp; Civil War collections.  
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===World War II===
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/HomeTownHeroes/Military/WWII/Men&WomenGraysonCo/WW2_m&w.html Men &amp; Women in World War II from Grayson County, Texas]
  
 
== '''Newspapers'''  ==
 
== '''Newspapers'''  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/newspaper.html All about Grayson County, Newspapers]
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Grayson}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/PAPERTRAIL/Newspapers/Newspapers.html All about Grayson County, Newspapers]
  
 
== '''Probate'''  ==
 
== '''Probate'''  ==
  
*All Probate records, insanity hearings and guardianship records are in the<span style="text-decoration: underline"> </span>[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/County%20Clerk/genealogy.pdf County Clerk's Office]. Email the clerk's office for details about the record you are requesting.
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1800–1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800–2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*All Probate records, insanity hearings and guardianship records are in the<span style="text-decoration: underline"> </span>[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/default.aspx?name=cclk.genealogy County Clerk's Office]. Email the clerk's office for details about the record you are requesting.
  
 
== '''Taxation'''  ==
 
== '''Taxation'''  ==
  
*Tax Rolls are available through interlibrary loan and also through any FHC near you 1846-1910.  
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
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*Tax Rolls are available through interlibrary loan and also through any FHC near you 1846-1910.Many of them are online, here is a [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/PAPERTRAIL/PublicRecords/PublicRecords.html page of links].<br>
 
*Tax records are kept in the County Clerks Office with more recent records in the Tax Assessors Office.  
 
*Tax records are kept in the County Clerks Office with more recent records in the Tax Assessors Office.  
*City of Denison (Land) Tax records are being placed online. this is an ongoing project by the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/DenisonSoc/Collection.html Denison, Texas Genealogical Society's Online Document Project ]<br>
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*City of Denison (Land) Tax records are being placed online. this is an ongoing project by the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/PAPERTRAIL/PublicRecords/PublicRecords.html Denison, Texas Genealogical Society's Online Document Project ]<br>
  
 
== '''Vital Records'''  ==
 
== '''Vital Records'''  ==
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Death Records 1964-1998][[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/records.html Tips and advice on Grayson County, Texas Records]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/CradletoGrave/CradleGrave.html Tips and advice on Grayson County, Texas Records]
*[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/County%20Clerk/genealogy.pdf County Clerks Office]
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*[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/default.aspx?name=cclk.genealogy County Clerks Office]
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===== Birth  =====
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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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*'''1903-1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681049 Texas Deaths and Burials] (index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1903-1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] index and images $
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*'''1964-1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Death Records] [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*'''1977-1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1968-2005''' [http://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'''  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/DenGenSocWebPage2011-2.pdf Denison, Texas Genealogical Society]
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'''Sherman Public Library'''<br> 421 N. Travis<br> PO Box 1106<br> Sherman, TX 75090-0190 [<br>[http://www.ci.sherman.tx.us/291/ Website]<br><br>
*[http://www.texasdar.org/chapters/MarthaJeffersonRandolph/ Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter NSDAR]
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*Grayson County Genealogical Society information can be found through the [http://www.barr.org/sherman1.htm Sherman Public LIbrary.]
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'''Grayson County Genealogical Society'''<br> 421 N. Travis<br> Sherman 7509<br><br>
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'''Denison Public Library'''<br> Historical Genealogical Society<br>300 W. Gandy St.<br> Denison, TX 75020<br>[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Denison-Grayson-County-TX-Genealogical-Society/168674533159355?fref=ts&ref=br_tf Website]<br><br>
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/MJRDAR/ Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter NSDAR]<br><br>
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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==== Family History Centers ====
  
== '''Web Sites'''  ==
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/ Grayson County,Texas ~ TXGenWeb web site. Has maps, biographical and historical data, online books, cemeteries, obituaries, articles and all kinds of useful information].
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== Websites  ==
  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Grayson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/index.html Grayson County,Texas ~ TXGenWeb web site. Has maps, biographical and historical data, online books, cemeteries, obituaries, articles and all kinds of useful information].
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*[https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE5827539&from=fhd Inventory of county records, Grayson County Courthouse, Sherman, Texas<br>]
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*{{FHL|Texas Grayson|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.
  
 
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Guide to Grayson 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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Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded May 17, 1846
County Seat Sherman
Courthouse
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Address Grayson County Courthouse
100 W. Houston, Suite 17
Sherman 75090
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County Information


County Courthouse

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Grayson County Courthouse

County Clerk

100 W. Houston, Suite 17
Sherman 75090
Phone: 903-813-4235
Fax: 903-870-0829

District Clerk

200 S. Crockett, Rm. Ste. 120-A
Sherman 75090
Phone: 903-813-4352

Grayson County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1846 1850 1846 1846


History

Grayson county courthouse3.jpg

The first courthouse was constructed in 1847 and torn down in 1858.

This old photograph had this statement attached; "I, J.P. Loving, do hereby certify that the above photograph is a true picture of the first court house built in the present town of Sherman, Texas, and that it was customary for juries trying cases in said court house to retire to the shade of the old Pecan tree, then standing on the public square to consider their verdict" signed Jesse P. Loving.

The pecan tree he mentioned was used as a bank of sorts. People would hang their saddlebags and other personal property on or under the old pecan tree and they knew everything would be safe on their reurn. Even bags of gold were left there undisturbed. No one is ever known to have violated the sanctity of this 'bank'.

Grayson County is located at the top of Texas and is home to the famed Preston Road. This road was a major pioneer road, crossing the Red River into Texas. Just to the east of the Preston Road was the Shawnee Trail, the first cattle drive road in Texas. This cattle trail crossed the Red River in a natural rock formed cattle shute and herds passed through the Indian Nations in Oklahoma to reach the railheads in Kansas.

The Butterfield Overland Mail route also passed through Grayson county, this land was a vital link for pioneers entering the West.
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Above is an Old Bois d' Arc Tree in a field of Indian Blanket Flowers. This area of Texas is a rich land, beautiful with rolling hills, prairie grasses; native pecan, oak, hackberry, elms, black walnut, chinaberry, blackjack, and more, and of course our famous Bois d'arc trees forrest the land.

Bois d'arc trees were a cash crop in the 1800's, used as a windbreak and a living livestock fence, this tree originated in Grayson County and its neighbor to the east, Fannin County, Texas and is one of the few trees left in the world that is prehistoric. It was ironic for the American Soldiers from Texas to have to break through the Bois d'arch hedges of France and Germany in WWI and WWII. Every one of the trees that impeded our tanks and troops, came from 'back home'. This tree is called by many names, hedgeapple, horseapple, Texas orange, Osage Orange, ironwood and other names. It was of course named for its main historical use, 'Wood of the Bow'. Bows made of Bois d'arc wood were found anciently deep in South America. The Natives traded the bows and the wood far and wide.

Grayson County is home to the two Americans' to receive France's highest honor, and the French Legion of Honor. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was born in Denison, Grayson County and Thomas V. Munson, who saved Europe's grape and wine industry by his research and development of using grafts of our Texas native grapevine stock to save them from extinction.

Lake Texoma, one of largest reservoirs in the United States was a project involving placing a large dam just North of Denison,Texas in the 1940's and is a very popular vacation spot today. It is the home of two wildlife habitats. This lake ended most of the flooding from the Red River.

Grayson County is a beautiful place to live.

Parent County was Fannin County - Grayson County was formed May 17, 1846

County seat: Sherman [1]

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Grayson County Frontier Village in Denison, Texas is a place where Grayson County history is brought to life. It also houses a database of Katy Railroad Workers and has a research center in the museum building. They are glad to help patrons with their genealogical search.


Record Loss

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1930 Fire--The Third Grayson County courthouse was burned by a mob on May 9, 1930.[2] However ALL of the vital records, land records, and most court records were saved from this fire. The courthouse had records in fire proof rooms and storage areas.

Populated Places

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Sherman is the county seat, other towns and communities alphabetically; Bells (formerly called Bailey Junction, Gospel Ridge, Bellsplain and Belvue); Collinsville (previously called Springville and Toadsuck); Denison; Dorchester; Gordonville; Gunter; Howe (first called Summit);  Luella; Pottsboro; Sadler, Southmayd; Tioga; Tom Bean; Van Alstyne; Whitesboro (previous names-City of Divide, The Wolfe Path; White Settlement; White Colony);  and Whitewright. Visit My Grayson County Town Page

Small Communities and Archaic Place Names

Ambrose, Basin Springs, Bethel, Blackmon Chapel; Blanks Community; Bliss; Cannon; Carpenters Bluff; Cedar Mills; Center; Choctaw; Desert; Devoignes; Dixie; Dripping Springs; Elmont; Ellsworth; Enterprise; Farmington; Fink; Friendship; Gage; Georgetown; Hackberry; Hagerman; Hayhurst; Highway; Ida; Jamison (Jameson); Kentuckytown; Knollwood; Locust;Macomb; Mantua; Marilee; Nance Prairie; Needle Ridge (Christian Chapel Community); Norton; Oak Grove; Oxford Community; Pilot Grove; Pink Hill; Plainview; Preston; Quillen; Red Branch; Red River City; Rock Creek; Rose Hill; Sanborn; Sandusky; Sedalia (also called Yakima); Smith Oaks; South Gale; Sperry; Warner Junction; Washita Bend; Waterloo; Whitemound; Whiterock; and Woodlake (also called Tanyard Springs).

Neighboring Counties

Bryan County, Oklahoma  • Collin  • Cooke  • Denton  • Fannin  • Marshall County, Oklahoma

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Resources

Cemeteries

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

The most complete collection of Grayson County, TX cemetery information on the web is on the Grayson County TXGenWeb website.

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

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Cemeteries of Texas



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Additional Cemetery Sources
Cemetery

     Grayson County's beautiful rolling green hills hold more than 200 cemeteries.

Census

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.


Schools

Historical Markers

Railroads

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.


  • Land Records are kept in the Grayson County Clerk's Office.
  • Very early records made during the Republic of Texas are found in Fannin County's Courthouse and in the Texas State Archives.
  • 1908 Grayson County, Texas Plat Book This book has biographcial sketches as well as detailed maps with land owners. It even shows the location of individual houses around the countryside. Some cemetery locations are visible in this book.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Grayson 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.


City Directories:

1976 Sherman - Denison City Directory 1876

1887-1888 Morrison & Formby's General Directory of the City of Sherman 1887-1888

1893-1894 Sherman - Denison City Directory 1893- 1894

1898-1899[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/DenisonSoc/1898DenSherDir/1898-1899-1.html Maloney's Denison - Sherman City Directory, 1898 - 1899

1899-1900 Maloney's Denison - Sherman City Directory, 1899 - 1900

1887-1888 Morrison &Formby's Sherman City Directory, 1887 - 1888

1910-1911 R.L. Polk Co.'s Sherman City Directory, 1910 - 1911

1912-1913 R.L. Polk Co.'s Sherman City Directory, 1912 - 1913

1918 R.L. Polk Co.'s Sherman City Directory, 1918

1923 R.L. Polk Co.'s Sherman City Directory, 1923

1925 R.L. Polk Co.'s Sherman City Directory, 1925

1935 Worley's Sherman City Directory, 1935

1940 History and Business Guide of Sherman & Grayson County, 1940

1947-1948 Worley's Sherman City Directory, 1947-8

1948 History and Business Guide of Sherman & Grayson County,1948

1973 Grayson County Rural Directory 1973



Maps of Grayson County

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Military

Mexican-American War

Civil War

World War II

Newspapers

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

  • All Probate records, insanity hearings and guardianship records are in the County Clerk's Office. Email the clerk's office for details about the record you are requesting.

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.

  • Tax Rolls are available through interlibrary loan and also through any FHC near you 1846-1910.Many of them are online, here is a page of links.
  • Tax records are kept in the County Clerks Office with more recent records in the Tax Assessors Office.
  • City of Denison (Land) Tax records are being placed online. this is an ongoing project by the Denison, Texas Genealogical Society's Online Document Project

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

Sherman Public Library
421 N. Travis
PO Box 1106
Sherman, TX 75090-0190 [
Website

Grayson County Genealogical Society
421 N. Travis
Sherman 7509

Denison Public Library
Historical Genealogical Society
300 W. Gandy St.
Denison, TX 75020
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

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Sherman, TX Grayson County Courthouse Burned by Mob, May 1930 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17865/sherman-tx-grayson-county-courthouse-burned-mob-may-1930