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Guide to '''Jim Wells 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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| county = Jim Wells County
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| founded year = 1911
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| founded date = 25 March
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| seat = Alice
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| building address = Jim Wells County Courthouse<br>200 N Almond Street<br>Alice, TX 78332}}
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== County Information ==
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==== County Courthouse  ====
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[http://www.co.jim-wells.tx.us/ips/cms Jim Wells County Courthouse]<br> 200 N Almond Street<br> Alice, TX 78332<br> Phone: 361.668.5702<br><br>County Clerk has birth, death, marriage, probate and&nbsp;<br>court records from 1911 and land records from 1848; <br>District Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jim Wells County, Texas. Page 667 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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'''County Clerk'''
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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P.O. Box 1459<br>Alice 78333<br>Phone: 361-668-5702
  
[http://www.co.jim-wells.tx.us/ips/cms Jim Wells County Courthouse]<br> 200 N Almond Street<br> Alice, TX 78332<br> Phone: 361.668.5702&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth, death, marriage, probate and&nbsp;<br>court records from 1911 and land records from 1848; <br>District Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jim Wells County, Texas. Page 667 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br><br>
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'''District Clerk'''  
  
Adopted by [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txjimwel/ TXGenWeb&nbsp;Jim&nbsp;Wells County]<br>Charlie Ward
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P.O. Drawer 2219<br>Alice 78332<br>Phone: 512-668-5717
  
== [[Image:Courthouse alice texas.jpg|frame|center|Courthouse alice texas.jpg]]County Courthouse&nbsp;  ==
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==== Jim Wells County, Texas Record Dates ====
  
Jim Wells County&nbsp;Courthouse, Alice, TX, circa 1912
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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" | [[#Land|'''Land''']]
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1911--'''Jim Wells County was created 25 March 1911 from [[Nueces County, Texas|Nueces]] County. '''County seat:''' Alice <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1911--'''Jim Wells County was created 25 March 1911 from [[Nueces County, Texas Genealogy|Nueces]] County.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Alice <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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[[Image:Courthouse alice texas.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Courthouse Alice Texas]]
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Adopted by [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txjimwel/ TXGenWeb Jim Wells County]<br>Charlie Ward
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Jim Wells County Courthouse, Alice, TX, circa 1912
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Brooks County, Texas|Brooks]]  
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[[Brooks County, Texas Genealogy|Brooks]] {{•}} [[Duval County, Texas Genealogy|Duvall]] {{•}} [[Kleberg County, Texas Genealogy|Kleberg]] {{•}} [[Live Oak County, Texas Genealogy|Live Oak]] {{•}} [[Nueces County, Texas Genealogy|Nueces]] {{•}} [[San Patricio County, Texas Genealogy|San Patricio]]  
*[[Duval County, Texas|Duvall]]  
 
*[[Kleberg County, Texas|Kleberg]]  
 
*[[Live Oak County, Texas|Live Oak]]  
 
*[[Nueces County, Texas|Nueces]]  
 
*[[San Patricio County, Texas|San Patricio]]
 
  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jwcotxcemeteries/jimwells.htm Transcriptions] of all Jim Wells County cemeteries were started in 2004, by Charlie Ward, a local volunteer. Transcriptions&nbsp;are located at the website and also at [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=2644 Find-A-Grave] with photos of all headstones present at the time the walkthrough was completed. There are still a large number of cemeteries to be done.  
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information. <br>
  
BillionGraves:  
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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=2644&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=2644 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/jim_wells-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Jim+Wells+Texas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/jimwells.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/JimWells/ListJimwells.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/jimwells/jimwelltoc.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/jim-wells/jim-wells-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=Jim%20Wells&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/jim_wells.htm Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jwcotxcemeteries/jimwells.htm TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22700&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=21&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=101810 Barrera Cemetery, Alice]
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==== Census ====
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102007 Cadenas Cemetery, Alice]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102517 Gonzalez Cemetery, Alice]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102439 Fraternal Cemetery, Alice]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102710 Hinojosa Cemetery, Alice]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102918 Lattas Cemetery, Alice]
 
  
 
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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}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
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[[Image:Txjimwells.jpg|300px|Txjimwells.jpg]]  <br>
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1838-1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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=====Mexican-American War=====
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*'''1845-1848''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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=====Civil War=====
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Jim Wells}}
  
 
==== 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 $
  
 
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964Texas 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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*'''1840-1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch
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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 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/1320964Texas 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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*'''1927-1928, 1958-1959, 1965, and 1989-2007''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txjimwel/deathsjimwells/deathindex.htm Jim Wells County Death Index 1927-1928, 1958-1959, 1965, and 1989-2007] online from the Jim Wells County TXGenWeb site
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*'''1964-1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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*'''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] &nbsp;(index)&nbsp; - 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 $
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Alice Texas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Alice Texas Family History Center]]
  
 
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== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
 
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TEXAS GenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county
 
 
 
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Jim+Wells|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 Jim Wells|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  ==
 
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United States
Texas
Jim Wells County

Guide to Jim Wells 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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Jim Wells County, Texas
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Map of Texas highlighting Jim Wells County
Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded 25 March, 1911
County Seat Alice
Courthouse
TexasJimWellsCourthouse.jpg
Address Jim Wells County Courthouse
200 N Almond Street
Alice, TX 78332
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County Information

County Courthouse

Jim Wells County Courthouse
200 N Almond Street
Alice, TX 78332
Phone: 361.668.5702

County Clerk has birth, death, marriage, probate and 
court records from 1911 and land records from 1848;
District Clerk has divorce records[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 1459
Alice 78333
Phone: 361-668-5702

District Clerk

P.O. Drawer 2219
Alice 78332
Phone: 512-668-5717

Jim Wells County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1911 1911 1920 1911 1911

History

Parent County

1911--Jim Wells County was created 25 March 1911 from Nueces County.

  • County seat: Alice [2]
Courthouse Alice Texas

Adopted by TXGenWeb Jim Wells County
Charlie Ward Jim Wells County Courthouse, Alice, TX, circa 1912

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Brooks  • Duvall  • Kleberg  • Live Oak  • Nueces  • San Patricio


McMullen CountyDuval CountyLive Oak CountyBee CountyGoliad CountyRefugio CountySan Patricio CountyNueces CountyKleberg CountyJim Wells CountyTX JIM WELLS.JPG

Resources

Cemeteries

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

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

Census

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

Maps

Txjimwells.jpg

Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

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

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), Jim Wells County, Texas. Page 667 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).