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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties H|Counties H]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Houston County''<br>
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Guide to '''Houston 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 =Houston County
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1837
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| founded date =  12 June
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| seat = Crockett
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| building address = Houston County Courthouse<br>PO Box 370<br>Crockett, TX 75835 }}
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== County Information ==
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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==== County Courthouse  ====
  
[http://www.co.houston.tx.us/ips/cms Houston County Court House ]<br>PO Box 370; <br>Crockett, TX 75835 <br>Phone. 936.544.3255<br>&nbsp;
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[http://www.co.houston.tx.us/ips/cms Houston County Court House ]<br>PO Box 370; <br>Crockett, TX 75835 <br>Phone:936.544.3255<br>  
  
 
County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death record from 1903, <br>probate court and land records from 1882; District Clerk has <br>divorce record from 1920; County History Commission has <br>burial records, family &amp; local histories<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Houston County, Texas. Page 666 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death record from 1903, <br>probate court and land records from 1882; District Clerk has <br>divorce record from 1920; County History Commission has <br>burial records, family &amp; local histories<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Houston County, Texas. Page 666 {{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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401 East Houston Ave, 1st Floor P.O. Box 370<br>Crockett 75835<br>Phone: 936-544-3255 ext. 240
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'''District Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 1186<br>Crockett 75835<br>Phone: 936-544-3255<br>
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==== Houston County, Texas Record Dates ====
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1903
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1882
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1865
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1859
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
San Francisco de los Tejas, the first Spanish mission in East Texas, was founded in 1690 and abandoned in 1693.  
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'''1690--'''San Francisco de los Tejas, the first Spanish mission in East Texas, was founded in 1690 and abandoned in 1693.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1837--'''Houston County was created 12 June 1837 from [[Nacogdoches County, Texas|Nacogdoches]] County. '''County seat:''' Crockett <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1837--'''Houston County was created 12 June 1837 from [[Nacogdoches County, Texas Genealogy|Nacogdoches]] County.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Crockett <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
Many county records were destroyed in courthouse fires in February 1865 and November 1882.  
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'''1865, 1882''' Many county records were destroyed in courthouse fires in February 1865 and November 1882.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Houston, Crockett|place|disp=Crockett}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Houston, Grapeland|place|disp=Grapeland}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Houston, Lovelady|place|disp=Lovelady}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Anderson County, Texas|Anderson]]  
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[[Anderson County, Texas Genealogy|Anderson]] {{•}} [[Angelina County, Texas Genealogy|Angelina]] {{•}} [[Cherokee County, Texas Genealogy|Cherokee]] {{•}} [[Leon County, Texas Genealogy|Leon]] {{•}} [[Madison County, Texas Genealogy|Madison]] {{•}} [[Trinity County, Texas Genealogy|Trinity]] {{•}} [[Walker County, Texas Genealogy|Walker]]  
*[[Angelina County, Texas|Angelina]]  
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<center>{{TXHOUSTON County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Cherokee County, Texas|Cherokee]]  
 
*[[Leon County, Texas|Leon]]  
 
*[[Madison County, Texas|Madison]]  
 
*[[Trinity County, Texas|Trinity]]  
 
*[[Walker County, Texas|Walker]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb  
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*'''1865-1870''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records](images) - FamilySearch<br>
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;African Ancestored Genealogy  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots] ~ USGenWeb  
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Access Genealogy
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas] ~ African Ancestored Genealogy  
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy] ~ Access Genealogy
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/cemph/houstonph.html Houston County Cemetery and Tombstone Transcriptions]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb
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{| width="75%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="2" border="1"
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/houston/cemeteries/energy-2.txt New Energy Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; alphabetical listing&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/houston/houstoc.htm Houston County Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
*[http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Grave_Thoughts/TexasCemeteries.htm Texas Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Texas Escapes
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
*[http://www.interment.net Interment.net]  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
*[http://www.findagrave.com Find-A-Grave]
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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=2632&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|489600|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=2632 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/houston-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Houston+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/houston.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/Etx/Houston/ListHouston.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/houston/houstoc.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/houston/houston-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Texas&county=Houston&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=113 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxhousto/Cemeteries_IndexPage.htm TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22688&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=123&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/houston.htm Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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Individual cemeteries:
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''Additional Cemetery Sources''
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=107012 Eleck Turk Cemetery, Grapeland] BillionGraves
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/cemph/houstonph.html Houston County Cemetery and Tombstone Transcriptions] USGenWeb Cemetery Photographs 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=104900 Evergreen Cemetery, Lovelady] BillionGraves
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*[http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Grave_Thoughts/TexasCemeteries.htm Texas Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Texas Escapes
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==== Census  ====
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{{US Census population
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|1850= 2721
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|1860= 8058
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|1870= 8147
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|1880= 16702
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|1890= 19360
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|1900= 25452
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|1910= 29564
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|1920= 28601
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|1930= 30017
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|1940= 31137
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|1950= 22825
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|1960= 19276
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|1970= 17855
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|1980= 22299
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|1990= 21375
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|2000= 23185
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|2010= 23732
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}} <br> <br>
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
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*''The History of Houston County, Texas,'' 1943 by Armistead Albert Aldrich.  
 
*''The History of Houston County, Texas,'' 1943 by Armistead Albert Aldrich.  
*''History of Houston County, Texas, 1687–1979,'' 1979) by the Houston County Historical Commission.  
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*'''1687-1979''' ''History of Houston County, Texas, 1687–1979,'' 1979) by the Houston County Historical Commission.  
 
*''Houston County in the Civil War,'' 1981 by Thomas Nelms Mainer.  
 
*''Houston County in the Civil War,'' 1981 by Thomas Nelms Mainer.  
 
*''The First Settlers of Houston County, Texas,'' 1983, by Gifford E. White.  
 
*''The First Settlers of Houston County, Texas,'' 1983, by Gifford E. White.  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Texas Maps] -&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors.
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[[Image:Txhouston.jpg|400px|Txhouston.jpg]] <br>
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
 
  
<br>1914 Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith &amp; Trinity at [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~shastaca/maps/TX/TX13map.html www.rootsweb.com]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Texas Maps] - Hidden Ancestors.
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
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*'''1914''' Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith &amp; Trinity at [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~shastaca/maps/TX/TX13map.html www.rootsweb.com]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources].&nbsp; Information pertaining to each war, both general and Texas specific.  
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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 $
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Our Fallen Heroes].&nbsp; Partial index of servicemen who were killed in action.  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources]. Information pertaining to each war, both general and Texas specific.  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring our Veterans].&nbsp; Partial index of veterans of all wars.
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Fallen_Heroes.htm Our Fallen Heroes]. Partial index of servicemen who were killed in action.  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans.htm Honoring our Veterans]. Partial index of veterans of all wars.  
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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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*[https://www.tsl.texas.gov/apps/arc/pensions/ Confederate Pension Applications] ~ Texas State Library and Archives Commission
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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
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Houston}}
  
 
*[http://www.houstoncountycourier.com/ Houston County Courier]
 
*[http://www.houstoncountycourier.com/ Houston County Courier]
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
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===== Birth  =====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*'''1903-1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1903-1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index) - FamilySearch
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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 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] 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, 1837-1973] - FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837-1977 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1837-1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records, 1837-1977] - FamilySearch. Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.
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*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010] - 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 1890–1976 [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''' {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] - index
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*'''1903-1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - index and images $
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*'''1903-2000''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949337 ''Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000''] (index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1964-1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/co llection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964-1998] [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] 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 1977-1986}} 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 1968-2005] (index) - Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1968-2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] - index
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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'''Houston Polish Gen. Society'''<br>3606 Maroneal<br>Houston 77025<br><br>  
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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'''Houston Genealogical Forum'''<br>PO Box 271466<br>Houston 77277-1466<br> [http://hgftx.org/ Website]<br><br>
  
[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]
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==== Family History Centers  ====
  
== Web Sites ==
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/houston/houstoc.htm Houston County Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/houston/houstoc.htm Houston County Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Texas resources as well as general genealogic resources.
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*{{FHL|Texas Houston|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.
 
 
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Houston|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

Latest revision as of 23:31, 20 June 2017

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Guide to Houston 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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PO Box 370
Crockett, TX 75835
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PO Box 370;
Crockett, TX 75835
Phone:936.544.3255

County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death record from 1903,
probate court and land records from 1882; District Clerk has
divorce record from 1920; County History Commission has
burial records, family & local histories[1]

County Clerk

401 East Houston Ave, 1st Floor P.O. Box 370
Crockett 75835
Phone: 936-544-3255 ext. 240

District Clerk

P.O. Box 1186
Crockett 75835
Phone: 936-544-3255

Houston County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1882 1850 1865 1859


History

1690--San Francisco de los Tejas, the first Spanish mission in East Texas, was founded in 1690 and abandoned in 1693.

Parent County

1837--Houston County was created 12 June 1837 from Nacogdoches County.

  • County seat: Crockett [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1865, 1882 Many county records were destroyed in courthouse fires in February 1865 and November 1882.

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Crockett | Grapeland | Kennard | Latexo | Lovelady

Neighboring Counties

Anderson  • Angelina  • Cherokee  • Leon  • Madison  • Trinity  • Walker

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Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18502,721
18608,058196.1%
18708,1471.1%
188016,702105.0%
189019,36015.9%
190025,45231.5%
191029,56416.2%
192028,601−3.3%
193030,0175.0%
194031,1373.7%
195022,825−26.7%
196019,276−15.5%
197017,855−7.4%
198022,29924.9%
199021,375−4.1%
200023,1858.5%
201023,7322.4%


Church

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


Court

Land

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Houston 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.


  • The History of Houston County, Texas, 1943 by Armistead Albert Aldrich.
  • 1687-1979 History of Houston County, Texas, 1687–1979, 1979) by the Houston County Historical Commission.
  • Houston County in the Civil War, 1981 by Thomas Nelms Mainer.
  • The First Settlers of Houston County, Texas, 1983, by Gifford E. White.
  • Houston County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War
World War I

Newspapers

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

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

Probate

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

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

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

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

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Houston Polish Gen. Society
3606 Maroneal
Houston 77025

Houston Genealogical Forum
PO Box 271466
Houston 77277-1466
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

  • Houston County Archives  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 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), Houston County, Texas. Page 666 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).