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Guide to '''Jackson 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 year = 1836
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| building address = Jackson County Courthouse<br>115 W Main Street<br> Edna, TX 77957-2733<br> Phone: 361.782.3563 <br>[http://www.co.jackson.tx.us/ '''Jackson County Website'''] }}
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== County Information ==
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==== County Courthouse  ====
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County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage, probate and land records from 1836 <br>and court records&nbsp;from 1910; District Clerk has divorce <br>records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jackson County, Texas. Page 667 {{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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115 W. Main, Rm. 101<br>Edna 77957<br>Phone: 361-782-3563
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'''District Clerk'''
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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115 W. Main, Rm. 101<br>Edna 77957<br>Phone: 361-782-3563
  
[http://www.co.jackson.tx.us/ips/cms Jackson County Courthouse]<br> 115 W Main Street<br> Edna, TX 77957-2733<br> Phone: 361.782.3563&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage, probate and land records from 1836 <br>and court records&nbsp;from 1910; District Clerk has divorce <br>records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jackson County, Texas. Page 667 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
  
 
Jackson County has been the home of two county seats and four courthouses. Texana served as the county seat at the county's inception in 1836. The first courthouse building was built there in 1858. In 1883 voters elected to move the county seat to the new town of Edna. A new courthouse was built in Edna in 1884; it burned in June 1900. A third courthouse was built in 1906, a three-story brick Beaux-Arts style domed-building. The current courthouse was built in 1954.  
 
Jackson County has been the home of two county seats and four courthouses. Texana served as the county seat at the county's inception in 1836. The first courthouse building was built there in 1858. In 1883 voters elected to move the county seat to the new town of Edna. A new courthouse was built in Edna in 1884; it burned in June 1900. A third courthouse was built in 1906, a three-story brick Beaux-Arts style domed-building. The current courthouse was built in 1954.  
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''Inventory of the county archives of Texas&nbsp;: Jackson County, no. 120,'' 1940. Inventory of records housed in the Jackson County Courthouse as of 1936. Describes the records of the County Commissioners Court, County Clerk as Recorder, District Court, County Court, Justices of the Peace, District Attorney, County Attorney, Tax Assessor-Collector, County Treasurer, and other offices. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25264/m1 Digital book online] at the Portal to Texas History.<br>  
 
''Inventory of the county archives of Texas&nbsp;: Jackson County, no. 120,'' 1940. Inventory of records housed in the Jackson County Courthouse as of 1936. Describes the records of the County Commissioners Court, County Clerk as Recorder, District Court, County Court, Justices of the Peace, District Attorney, County Attorney, Tax Assessor-Collector, County Treasurer, and other offices. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25264/m1 Digital book online] at the Portal to Texas History.<br>  
  
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==== Jackson 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" |1837
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1836
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1837
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
[[Image:Andrew Jackson.JPG|thumb|right|190x230px]]  
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[[Image:Andrew Jackson.JPG|thumb|right|190x230px|Andrew Jackson.JPG]]  
  
 
The county is named after [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson President Andrew Jackson] (1767-1845) who was in office at the time of the county's formation.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Texas "Jackson County, Texas,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
 
The county is named after [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson President Andrew Jackson] (1767-1845) who was in office at the time of the county's formation.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Texas "Jackson County, Texas,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
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==== Boundary Changes<ref>Inventory of the county archives of Texas : Jackson County, no. 120, 1940: Historical Sketch, pages 11-13.</ref>  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes<ref>Inventory of the county archives of Texas : Jackson County, no. 120, 1940: Historical Sketch, pages 11-13.</ref>  ====
  
'''1837'''-- Jackson County lost a narrow north-south strip of land that is now part of present-day [[Matagorda County, Texas|Matagorda]] and [[Wharton County, Texas|Wharton]] Counties. Part of the city of El Campo is included in this strip. Jackson county gained a 2x4 mile wedge of land that is now in present day Wharton County and about half of the land between Arenosa Creek and the Lavaca River. The towns of El Toro and Vanderbilt lie in this region.  
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'''1837'''-- Jackson County lost a narrow north-south strip of land that is now part of present-day [[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy|Matagorda]] and [[Wharton County, Texas Genealogy|Wharton]] Counties. Part of the city of El Campo is included in this strip. Jackson county gained a 2x4 mile wedge of land that is now in present day Wharton County and about half of the land between Arenosa Creek and the Lavaca River. The towns of El Toro and Vanderbilt lie in this region.  
  
'''1844'''-- Jackson County lost the area 6 miles west of the Lavaca River to [[Victoria County, Texas|Victoria]] County. Jackson County gained land to the west 35 x 8 miles long, now part of present-day [[Matagorda County, Texas|Matagorda]] and [[Wharton County, Texas|Wharton]] counties. This land included the town of Palacios.  
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'''1844'''-- Jackson County lost the area 6 miles west of the Lavaca River to [[Victoria County, Texas Genealogy|Victoria]] County. Jackson County gained land to the west 35 x 8 miles long, now part of present-day [[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy|Matagorda]] and [[Wharton County, Texas Genealogy|Wharton]] counties. This land included the town of Palacios.  
  
'''1846'''--Part of Jackson County's waterfront on Lavaca, Tres Palacios and Carancahua Bays given to [[Calhoun County, Texas|Calhoun]] County. The rest of the the land between the Arenosa Creek and the Lavaca River given to Jackson county. Half of the area added in 1844 was given to [[Wharton County, Texas|Wharton]] County. Some area in the north was given to [[Lavaca County, Texas|Lavaca]] County.  
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'''1846'''--Part of Jackson County's waterfront on Lavaca, Tres Palacios and Carancahua Bays given to [[Calhoun County, Texas Genealogy|Calhoun]] County. The rest of the the land between the Arenosa Creek and the Lavaca River given to Jackson county. Half of the area added in 1844 was given to [[Wharton County, Texas Genealogy|Wharton]] County. Some area in the north was given to [[Lavaca County, Texas Genealogy|Lavaca]] County.  
  
'''1848-'''-Jackson County lost the remainder of the land gained to the east in 1844 to [[Matagorda County, Texas|Matagorda]] County, including the area that contains the town of Palacios.  
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'''1848-'''-Jackson County lost the remainder of the land gained to the east in 1844 to [[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy|Matagorda]] County, including the area that contains the town of Palacios.  
  
'''1905 '''-- A strip of land in northern Jackson County was removed and attached to [[Colorado County, Texas|Colorado]] County (the Colorado County "panhandle").  
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'''1905 '''-- A strip of land in northern Jackson County was removed and attached to [[Colorado County, Texas Genealogy|Colorado]] County (the Colorado County "panhandle").  
  
[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25264/m1/22/ Map showing the boundary changes] mentioned above.  
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*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25264/m1/22/ Map showing the boundary changes] mentioned above.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Jackson, Edna|place|disp=Edna}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Jackson, Ganado|place|disp=Ganado}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Jackson, La Salle|place|disp=La Salle}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Jackson, Vanderbilt|place|disp=Vanderbilt}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Calhoun County, Texas|Calhoun]]  
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[[Calhoun County, Texas Genealogy|Calhoun]] {{•}} [[Colorado County, Texas Genealogy|Colorado]] {{•}} [[Lavaca County, Texas Genealogy|Lavaca]] {{•}} [[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy|Matagorda]] {{•}} [[Victoria County, Texas Genealogy|Victoria]] {{•}} [[Wharton County, Texas Genealogy|Wharton]]  
*[[Colorado County, Texas|Colorado]]  
 
*[[Lavaca County, Texas|Lavaca]]  
 
*[[Matagorda County, Texas|Matagorda]]  
 
*[[Victoria County, Texas|Victoria]]  
 
*[[Wharton County, Texas|Wharton]]
 
  
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<center>{{TXJACKSON County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{| width="75%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="2" border="1"
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=46&GScnty=2639&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|427769|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2639 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/jackson-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Jackson+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/jackson.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Jackson/ListJackson.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/jackson/jacksntoc.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/jackson/jackson-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=Jackson&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22695&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=33&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://jackson.historictexas.net/cemeteries/cemeteries.htm TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
''The Cavalcade of Jackson County,'' 1938, by Ira T. Taylor.<br>  
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*{{TX County Histories}}
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*''The Cavalcade of Jackson County,'' 1938, by Ira T. Taylor.<br>  
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcj02 Jackson County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  
[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcj02 Jackson County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.
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==== Maps  ====
  
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Txjackson.jpg|400px|Txjackson.jpg]] <br> <br>
  
[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.  
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1838 - 1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1845 - 1848''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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=====Civil War=====
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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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  ====
  
[http://www.jacksonconews.com/ Jackson County News] newspaper  
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Jackson}}
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*[http://www.jacksonconews.com/ Jackson County News] newspaper
  
 
==== 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  ====
 
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==== 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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*[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.
 
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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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''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 ] FamilySearch records 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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*'''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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*'''1964-1998'''[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964-1998] [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates of 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 =====
  
Jackson County Memorial Library <br>411 North Wells Street, Room 121 <br>Edna, Texas 77957 [http://www.jcml-tx.org/ website]  
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*'''1968-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 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
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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 $
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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== Societies and Libraries ==
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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'''Jackson County Memorial Library'''<br>411 North Wells Street, Room 121 <br>Edna, Texas 77957<br> [http://www.jcml-tx.org/ website] <br><br>
  
== Web Sites ==
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==== Family History Centers ====
  
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
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== Websites  ==
  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Jackson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county
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*{{FHL|Texas Jackson|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 16:24, 4 May 2017

United States
Texas
Jackson County

Guide to Jackson 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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Jackson County, Texas
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Map of Texas highlighting Jackson County
Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat Edna
Courthouse
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Address Jackson County Courthouse
115 W Main Street
Edna, TX 77957-2733
Phone: 361.782.3563
Jackson County Website
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County Information

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, probate and land records from 1836
and court records from 1910; District Clerk has divorce
records[1]

County Clerk

115 W. Main, Rm. 101
Edna 77957
Phone: 361-782-3563

District Clerk

115 W. Main, Rm. 101
Edna 77957
Phone: 361-782-3563


Jackson County has been the home of two county seats and four courthouses. Texana served as the county seat at the county's inception in 1836. The first courthouse building was built there in 1858. In 1883 voters elected to move the county seat to the new town of Edna. A new courthouse was built in Edna in 1884; it burned in June 1900. A third courthouse was built in 1906, a three-story brick Beaux-Arts style domed-building. The current courthouse was built in 1954.

Apply for a Birth or Death Certificates contact local Registrar Barbara Williams. Application form - pdf document

Jackson County Government website

Inventory of county records, Jackson County Courthouse, Edna, Texas, 1980. Inventory of records housed in the Jackson County Courthouse. Describes the records of the Commissioners Court, County Judge, County Clerk, County Court, County Attorney, District Clerk, Justice of the Peace, Sheriff, Tax Assessor-Collector, Treasurer, and Auditor. Provides a list of Jackson County records and an index. Digital book online at the Portal to Texas History.

Inventory of the county archives of Texas : Jackson County, no. 120, 1940. Inventory of records housed in the Jackson County Courthouse as of 1936. Describes the records of the County Commissioners Court, County Clerk as Recorder, District Court, County Court, Justices of the Peace, District Attorney, County Attorney, Tax Assessor-Collector, County Treasurer, and other offices. Digital book online at the Portal to Texas History.

Jackson County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1837 1850 1836 1837


History

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The county is named after President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) who was in office at the time of the county's formation.[2]

Parent County

1836--Jackson County was created 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality.
County seat: Edna [3]

Boundary Changes[4]

1837-- Jackson County lost a narrow north-south strip of land that is now part of present-day Matagorda and Wharton Counties. Part of the city of El Campo is included in this strip. Jackson county gained a 2x4 mile wedge of land that is now in present day Wharton County and about half of the land between Arenosa Creek and the Lavaca River. The towns of El Toro and Vanderbilt lie in this region.

1844-- Jackson County lost the area 6 miles west of the Lavaca River to Victoria County. Jackson County gained land to the west 35 x 8 miles long, now part of present-day Matagorda and Wharton counties. This land included the town of Palacios.

1846--Part of Jackson County's waterfront on Lavaca, Tres Palacios and Carancahua Bays given to Calhoun County. The rest of the the land between the Arenosa Creek and the Lavaca River given to Jackson county. Half of the area added in 1844 was given to Wharton County. Some area in the north was given to Lavaca County.

1848--Jackson County lost the remainder of the land gained to the east in 1844 to Matagorda County, including the area that contains the town of Palacios.

1905 -- A strip of land in northern Jackson County was removed and attached to Colorado County (the Colorado County "panhandle").

Record Loss

1900 -- Jackson County Courthouse destroyed by fire on Jun 15, 1900.  Records of the County Judge, Assessor and Justice of the Peace were lost. [5]

1906 -- The Jackson County Progress Newspaper plant and offices (along with part of the Edna business district) were destroyed by fire, 12 November 1906.[6]

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Edna | Francitas | Ganado | La Salle | La Ward | Lolita | Vanderbilt

Neighboring Counties

Calhoun  • Colorado  • Lavaca  • Matagorda  • Victoria  • Wharton


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Resources

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

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 996
1860 2,612 162.2%
1870 2,278 −12.8%
1880 2,723 19.5%
1890 3,281 20.5%
1900 6,094 85.7%
1910 6,471 6.2%
1920 11,244 73.8%
1930 10,980 −2.3%
1940 11,720 6.7%
1950 12,916 10.2%
1960 14,040 8.7%
1970 12,975 −7.6%
1980 13,352 2.9%
1990 13,039 −2.3%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.








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 Jackson 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 Cavalcade of Jackson County, 1938, by Ira T. Taylor.
  • Jackson 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 Jackson 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

Jackson County Memorial Library
411 North Wells Street, Room 121
Edna, Texas 77957
website

Family History Centers

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

Websites

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

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jackson County, Texas. Page 667 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Jackson County, Texas," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Inventory of the county archives of Texas : Jackson County, no. 120, 1940: Historical Sketch, pages 11-13.
  5. GenDisasters.com - Edna, TX Courthouse Fire, Jun 1900 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7559/edna-tx-courthouse-fire-jun-1900
  6. Handbook of Texas Online: Edna, Texas http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hfe01