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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties IJ|Counties IJ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Irion_County,_Texas|Irion 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 IJ|Counties IJ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Irion County, Texas|Irion County]]''<br>  
  
Guide to '''Irion County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Irion County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
{{TXDC}}  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
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| founded date = March 7
 
| founded date = March 7
 
| seat wl = Mertzon
 
| seat wl = Mertzon
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== County Courthouse  ==
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== County Information ==
  
[http://www.co.irion.tx.us/ips/cms Irion County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 736<br> Mertzon, TX 76941-0736<br> Phone: 915.835.2421&nbsp;<br>
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==== County Courthouse ====
  
County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, divorce, land, probate, military and court records from 1889; Tax Assessor has poll tax records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Irion County, Texas. Page 666 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>  
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[http://www.co.irion.tx.us/ips/cms Irion County Courthouse]<br> 209 N. Parkview<br> PO Box 736<br> Mertzon, TX 76941-0736<br> Phone: 325-835-2421<br> Fax: 325-835-7941<br>
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County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, divorce, land, probate, military and court records from 1889;<br>Tax Assessor has poll tax records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Irion County, Texas. Page 666 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>  
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'''County and District Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 736<br>Mertzon 76941<br>Phone: 915-835-2412
  
 
Irion County has had two county seats (Sherwood 1889-1936 and Mertzon 1936-present) and three courthouses.&nbsp; When Irion County was organized in 1889, Sherwood was chosen as the county seat. Sherwood, however, was bypassed by the railroad and its population declined. In 1927 the town of Mertzon made an unsuccessful bid for the county seat.&nbsp; In 1936 Mertzon was successful and became the county seat.<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Irion County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hci01</ref><br>  
 
Irion County has had two county seats (Sherwood 1889-1936 and Mertzon 1936-present) and three courthouses.&nbsp; When Irion County was organized in 1889, Sherwood was chosen as the county seat. Sherwood, however, was bypassed by the railroad and its population declined. In 1927 the town of Mertzon made an unsuccessful bid for the county seat.&nbsp; In 1936 Mertzon was successful and became the county seat.<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Irion County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hci01</ref><br>  
  
In 1889, the first courthouse was built in Sherwood.&nbsp; By 1900 construction started on a new two-story stone courthouse.&nbsp; This new courthouse, completed in 1901 served the county until the county seat until Mertzon became the county seat in 1936.<ref>Google Books: Ghost Towns of Texas by T. Lindsay Baker - Sherwood http://books.google.com/books?id=-OxnaXdxjgkC&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;pg=PA142&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;sig=j23w2YkkDhnbXNqGTIVhnUd_HMM&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;hl=en#v=onepage&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;f=false</ref> The building is currently in use as a Community Center. <ref>Texas Escapes http://www.texasescapes.com/WestTexasTowns/Mertzon-Texas-Irion-County-Courthouse.htm</ref><br>  
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In 1889, the first courthouse was built in Sherwood.&nbsp; By 1900 construction started on a new two-story stone courthouse.&nbsp; This new courthouse, completed in 1901 served the county until the county seat until Mertzon became the county seat in 1936.<ref>Google Books: Ghost Towns of Texas by T. Lindsay Baker - Sherwood http://books.google.com/books?id=-OxnaXdxjgkCsig=j23w2YkkDhnbXNqGTIVhnUd_HMMhl=en#v=onepagef=false</ref> The building is currently in use as a Community Center. <ref>Texas Escapes http://www.texasescapes.com/WestTexasTowns/Mertzon-Texas-Irion-County-Courthouse.htm</ref><br>  
  
 
In 1937 the Irion County Courthouse, a two-story brick contemporary style design building, in Mertzon was completed. <br>  
 
In 1937 the Irion County Courthouse, a two-story brick contemporary style design building, in Mertzon was completed. <br>  
  
 
The county clerk's office has court records from 1889, land records from 1889, probate records from 1889, marriage records from 1889 and nirth and death records from 1903.&nbsp;<ref>Family History 101: Irion County http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/tx-county-irion.html</ref>  
 
The county clerk's office has court records from 1889, land records from 1889, probate records from 1889, marriage records from 1889 and nirth and death records from 1903.&nbsp;<ref>Family History 101: Irion County http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/tx-county-irion.html</ref>  
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==== Irion 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" |1889
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1890
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1889
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1889
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
Early settlements began in the early 1870's.  
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'''1870's--'''Early settlements began in the early 1870's.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1889--'''Irion County was created 7 March 1889 from [[Tom Green County, Texas|Tom Green]] County. '''County seat:''' Mertzon <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1889--'''Irion County was created 7 March 1889 from [[Tom Green County, Texas Genealogy|Tom Green]] County.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Mertzon <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
Irion County was named for Robert Anderson Irion (1804-1861), physician, surveyor, and Republic of Texas secretary of state.<br>  
 
Irion County was named for Robert Anderson Irion (1804-1861), physician, surveyor, and Republic of Texas secretary of state.<br>  
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Crockett County, Texas|Crockett]]  
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[[Crockett County, Texas Genealogy|Crockett]] {{•}} [[Reagan County, Texas Genealogy|Reagan]] {{•}} [[Schleicher County, Texas Genealogy|Schleicher]] {{•}} [[Tom Green County, Texas Genealogy|Tom Green]] {{•}} [[Sterling County, Texas|Sterling]]  
*[[Reagan County, Texas|Reagan]]  
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<center>{{TXIRION County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Schleicher County, Texas|Schleicher]]  
 
*[[Tom Green County, Texas|Tom Green]]
 
 
 
 
== 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  
*[http://www.freedmensbureau.com/texas/index.htm Texas Freedman's Bureau Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;Freedman's Bureau Online
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy] ~ Access Genealogy  
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*[http://www.freedmensbureau.com/texas/index.htm Texas Freedman's Bureau Records] ~ Freedman's Bureau Online
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=lamar&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2658 Findagrave.com]
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2637 Findagrave.com ]
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[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Irion+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Irion/ListIrion.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]
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| colspan="3" | See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
  
 
*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries.htm Arden Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries.htm Arden Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/census/1900/1900index.htm 1900 Census Index]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
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{{US Census population
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|1890= 870
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|1900= 848
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|1910= 1283
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|1920= 1610
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|1930= 2049
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|1940= 1963
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|1950= 1590
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|1960= 1183
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|1970= 1070
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|1980= 1386
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|1990= 1629
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|2000= 1771
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|2010= 1599
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*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/census/1900/1900index.htm '''1900''' Census Index] ~ TXGenWeb
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/irion/land/irion.txt Original Land Owners of Texas]&nbsp;~&nbsp; Irion County&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
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{{TX Land}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/irion/land/irion.txt Original Land Owners of Texas]&nbsp;~&nbsp; Irion County&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*''A History of Irion County, Texas'', 1966 by Leta Crawford.  
 
*''A History of Irion County, Texas'', 1966 by Leta Crawford.  
*''A History of Irion County, Texas'', 1978 by Irion County Historical Society.
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*''A History of Irion County, Texas'', 1978 by Irion County Historical Society.  
 
 
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/irion/history/histmrk.txt Irion County Historical Markers]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/irion/history/histmrk.txt Irion County Historical Markers]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Txirion.jpg|400px|Txirion.jpg]] <br>
  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/pension.htm Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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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 '''$'''
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Fallen_Heroes.htm Fallen Heroes] ~ Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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=====Mexican-American War=====
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*'''1845-1848''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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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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*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/pension.htm Confederate Pension Applications] ~ TXGenWeb
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Irion}}
  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaryresources.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)<br>
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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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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records] ~ Ancestry.com (subscription)<br>
  
 
==== 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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*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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===== Birth  =====
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930<br>
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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] (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] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1837-1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages] ~ FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837-1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records] - FamilySearch. Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.<br>
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*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1966-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records] ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages] ~ FamilySearch record collection
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===== Death  =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*'''1890-1976''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 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/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964-1998]
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*'''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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*'''1968-2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] - index
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*'''1968-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1850-1930''' [http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] Texas 1850-1930
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
Irion County Library<br>111 W Fayette Ave<br>Mertzon, TX 76941<br>Phone: (325) 835-2704  
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'''Irion County Historical Society'''<br>209 N Park View<br>Mertzon, Texas 76941<br>E-mail:[mailto:Grayins@aol.com  Grayins@aol.com] <br>[http://irioncotxgenweb.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Irion County Library'''<br>111 W Fayette Ave<br>Mertzon, TX 76941<br>Telephone Number: 325-835-2704<br><br>
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
 
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
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Guide to Irion 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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Founded March 7, 1889
County Seat Mertzon
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County Information

County Courthouse

Irion County Courthouse
209 N. Parkview
PO Box 736
Mertzon, TX 76941-0736
Phone: 325-835-2421
Fax: 325-835-7941

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, divorce, land, probate, military and court records from 1889;
Tax Assessor has poll tax records.[1]

County and District Clerk

P.O. Box 736
Mertzon 76941
Phone: 915-835-2412

Irion County has had two county seats (Sherwood 1889-1936 and Mertzon 1936-present) and three courthouses.  When Irion County was organized in 1889, Sherwood was chosen as the county seat. Sherwood, however, was bypassed by the railroad and its population declined. In 1927 the town of Mertzon made an unsuccessful bid for the county seat.  In 1936 Mertzon was successful and became the county seat.[2]

In 1889, the first courthouse was built in Sherwood.  By 1900 construction started on a new two-story stone courthouse.  This new courthouse, completed in 1901 served the county until the county seat until Mertzon became the county seat in 1936.[3] The building is currently in use as a Community Center. [4]

In 1937 the Irion County Courthouse, a two-story brick contemporary style design building, in Mertzon was completed.

The county clerk's office has court records from 1889, land records from 1889, probate records from 1889, marriage records from 1889 and nirth and death records from 1903. [5]

Irion County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1889 1890 1889 1889


History

1870's--Early settlements began in the early 1870's.

Parent County

1889--Irion County was created 7 March 1889 from Tom Green County.

  • County seat: Mertzon [6]

Irion County was named for Robert Anderson Irion (1804-1861), physician, surveyor, and Republic of Texas secretary of state.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Barnhart | Mertzon | Sherwood

Neighboring Counties

Crockett  • Reagan  • Schleicher  • Tom Green  • Sterling

Glasscock CountySterling CountyCoke CountyReagan CountyIrion CountyTom Green CountyCrockett CountyScheicher CountyTX IRION.JPG

Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890870
1900848−2.5%
19101,28351.3%
19201,61025.5%
19302,04927.3%
19401,963−4.2%
19501,590−19.0%
19601,183−25.6%
19701,070−9.6%
19801,38629.5%
19901,62917.5%
20001,7718.7%
20101,599−9.7%

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 Irion County, Texas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas Local Histories.

  • A History of Irion County, Texas, 1966 by Leta Crawford.
  • A History of Irion County, Texas, 1978 by Irion County Historical Society.
  • Irion County Historical Markers  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

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

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

Obituaries

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

Irion County Historical Society
209 N Park View
Mertzon, Texas 76941
E-mail:Grayins@aol.com
Website

Irion County Library
111 W Fayette Ave
Mertzon, TX 76941
Telephone Number: 325-835-2704


  • Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Family History Centers

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

Websites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
  • 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), Irion County, Texas. Page 666 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handbook of Texas Online: Irion County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hci01
  3. Google Books: Ghost Towns of Texas by T. Lindsay Baker - Sherwood http://books.google.com/books?id=-OxnaXdxjgkCsig=j23w2YkkDhnbXNqGTIVhnUd_HMMhl=en#v=onepagef=false
  4. Texas Escapes http://www.texasescapes.com/WestTexasTowns/Mertzon-Texas-Irion-County-Courthouse.htm
  5. Family History 101: Irion County http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/tx-county-irion.html
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).