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<br> Adopted by Betty Phillips and Betty Miller
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Guide to '''Rains County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. <br>  
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Rains County
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1870
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| founded date = 9 June
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| seat = Emory
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| building address = Rains County Courthouse<br>PO Box 187<br>Emory, TX 75440-0187}}
  
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== County Information ==
  
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==== County Courthouse  ====
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.texasescapes.com/EastTexasTowns/Emory-Texas-Rains-County-Courthouse.htm Rains County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 187; <br>Emory, TX 75440-0187<br> Phone: 903.473.2461&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth records from 1902, divorce records<br> from 1903, marriage, divorce and land records from 1880 <br>and probate records from 1894<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rains County, Texas. Page 672 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>
  
[http://www.co.rains.tx.us/ips/cms Rains County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 187; <br>Emory, TX 75440-0187<br> Phone: 903.473.2461&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth records from 1902, divorce records<br> from 1903, marriage, divorce and land records from 1880 <br>and probate records from 1894<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rains County, Texas. Page 672 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>
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'''County Clerk'''  
  
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P.O. Box 1150<br>Emory 75440<br>Phone: 903-473-5000<br>Fax: 903-473-5086
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<br>'''District Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 187<br>Emory 75440<br>Phone: 903-473-5000 (Ext: 101)<br>Fax: 903-473-5008<br> 
  
[[Image:TexasRainsCourthouse.jpg|right|400px|TexasRainsCourthouse.jpg]]
 
  
 
Rains County's first courthouse was a log building. It was used until a two-room courthouse was built in 1871; this second courthouse burned in 1879. The log building was again used as a temporary courthouse until two-story building could be built in 1884. The 1884 courthouse burned in 1908. Rains County's current courthouse, ''shown at right, ''is the county's fourth Courthouse. It was built in 1908.  
 
Rains County's first courthouse was a log building. It was used until a two-room courthouse was built in 1871; this second courthouse burned in 1879. The log building was again used as a temporary courthouse until two-story building could be built in 1884. The 1884 courthouse burned in 1908. Rains County's current courthouse, ''shown at right, ''is the county's fourth Courthouse. It was built in 1908.  
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Rains County Courthouse<br>167 E. Quitman Street <br>P. O. Box 158<br>Emory, Texas 75440  
 
Rains County Courthouse<br>167 E. Quitman Street <br>P. O. Box 158<br>Emory, Texas 75440  
  
[http://www.co.rains.tx.us/ips/cms Rains County Government Website]  
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[http://www.co.rains.tx.us/ips/cms Rains County Government Website]
  
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==== Rains 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" |1879
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1870
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1880
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
The first Anglo-American arrived in the 1840's.  
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'''1840's--'''The first Anglo-American arrived in the 1840's.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1870--'''Rains County was created 9 June 1870 from [[Hopkins County, Texas|Hopkins]], [[Hunt County, Texas|Hunt]], and [[Wood County, Texas|Wood]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Emory <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1870--'''Rains County was created 9 June 1870 from [[Hopkins County, Texas Genealogy|Hopkins]], [[Hunt County, Texas Genealogy|Hunt]], and [[Wood County, Texas Genealogy|Wood]] Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Emory <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1879 - '''Rains County Courthouse, built in 1871, burned; All county records were destroyed.<br>'''1908 - '''Rains County Courthouse, built in 1884, burned. County records were save in a fireproof vault.<br><br>  
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'''1879 - '''Rains County Courthouse, built in 1871, burned; All county records were destroyed.<br>'''1908 - '''Rains County Courthouse, built in 1884, burned. County records were save in a fireproof vault.<br><br>
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Rains, Emory Peak|place|disp=Emory Peak}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Hopkins County, Texas|Hopkins]]  
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[[Hopkins County, Texas Genealogy|Hopkins]] {{•}} [[Hunt County, Texas Genealogy|Hunt]] {{•}} [[Van Zandt County, Texas Genealogy|Van Zandt]] {{•}} [[Wood County, Texas Genealogy|Wood]]  
*[[Hunt County, Texas|Hunt]]  
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<center>{{TX RAINS County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Van Zandt County, Texas|Van Zandt]]  
 
*[[Wood County, Texas|Wood]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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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=2709&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|472313|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=2709 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/rains-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Rains+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/rains.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/Rains/ListRains.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/rains/raintoc.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/rains/rains-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=Rains&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/rains.htm Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxrains/cem.htm TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22765&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=31&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txrains/Misc/EmoryCemAssoc.htm Emory Cemetery Association]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Rains County TXGenWeb<br>
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==== Census ====
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/rains/land/rains.txt Original Land Owners of Texas]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*''Early Days in Texas and Rains County,'' 1917 by William Oscar Hebison and Ambrose Fitzgerald.  
 
*''Early Days in Texas and Rains County,'' 1917 by William Oscar Hebison and Ambrose Fitzgerald.  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.  
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[[Image:Txrains.jpg|300px|Txrains.jpg]] <br> <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 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Fallen_Heroes.htm Fallen Heroes] ~ Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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=====Mexican-American War=====
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*'''1845 - 1848'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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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
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Rains}}
  
 
*[http://www.rainscountyleader.com/ Rains County Leader Newspaper]
 
*[http://www.rainscountyleader.com/ Rains County Leader Newspaper]
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records 1800-2000] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records 1800-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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==== 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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===== Birth  =====
*[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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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*'''1840-1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1903-1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1903-1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index)-&nbsp; FamilySearch<br>
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===== Marriage  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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*'''1814-1909 and 1966-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 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&nbsp;]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] index $
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*'''1837-1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 ]&nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch records collection''<br>''
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*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;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]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by Family Search and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
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*'''1890-1976''' [http://www.footnote.com Footnote.com] ($) has [http://www.fold3.com/title_479/texas_death_certificates Texas Death Certificates 1890-1976] available online.
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*'''1903-1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681049 Texas, Deaths and Burials, 1903-1973]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~ FamilySearch records collection
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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/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1949337 Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000]&nbsp; &nbsp;~ &nbsp;FamilySearch records collection
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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<br>  =====
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*'''1968-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968 - 2005]&nbsp; (index)&nbsp; - &nbsp;Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1968-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2038378 Texas Divorce Index &nbsp;1968-2010] &nbsp; &nbsp;FamilySearch records<br>
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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  ==
  
[http://www.ophgr.com OPHGR] (Organization for the Preservation of Historical and Genealogical Records)<br>[mailto:pvinson47@aol.com P. Vinson], President<br>Canton, TX<br>email: [mailto:ophgr1@gmail.com ophgr1@gmail.com]<br>Website: http://www.ophgr.com  
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'''Organization for the Preservation of Historical and Genealogical Records'''<br> [http://www.ophgr.com OPHGR]<br>email:[mailto:pvinson47@aol.com] P Vinson President<br>Canton, TX<br>email:[mailto:ophgr1@gmail.com%7C1@gmail.com]<br>Website:[mailto:http://www.ophgr.com]
  
 
These folks go to county courthouses, churches and other places where old documents and records are housed. They either scan the very old records with their oversized scanner or they transcribe those old documents and then publish them as books. Membership is $10.00/year if you have an email address and you get their Newsletter sent to you quarterly. Visit their web site for Publication Listings as well as membership information.  
 
These folks go to county courthouses, churches and other places where old documents and records are housed. They either scan the very old records with their oversized scanner or they transcribe those old documents and then publish them as books. Membership is $10.00/year if you have an email address and you get their Newsletter sent to you quarterly. Visit their web site for Publication Listings as well as membership information.  
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They also host several workshops during the year. Topics include: Beginning Researcher, Internet Research, Beginner Computer Help as well as Native American/Melungeon/African American Research. <br>  
 
They also host several workshops during the year. Topics include: Beginning Researcher, Internet Research, Beginner Computer Help as well as Native American/Melungeon/African American Research. <br>  
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Family History Centers  ===
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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== Websites ==
  
*[http://www.bettyphillips.net/ Betty's World] Genealogical information on Betty's Families of Abney, Boxley, Bradberry, Breazeale, Brown, Carter, Middleton, Norman, Pickens, Phillips, Stone, Summers, Tinsley, Wade, Wills/Wells, and General Andrew Pickens.  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/rains/raintoc.htm Rains County ]- USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txrains/rains.htm Rains County TXGenWeb]  
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*[http://txgenweb.org TXGenWeb]
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Rains|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Texas Rains|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  ==

Latest revision as of 17:54, 6 April 2017

United States
Texas
Rains County

Guide to Rains 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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Rains County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded 9 June, 1870
County Seat Emory
Courthouse
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Address Rains County Courthouse
PO Box 187
Emory, TX 75440-0187
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County Information

County Courthouse

Rains County Courthouse
PO Box 187;
Emory, TX 75440-0187
Phone: 903.473.2461 

County Clerk has birth records from 1902, divorce records
from 1903, marriage, divorce and land records from 1880
and probate records from 1894[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 1150
Emory 75440
Phone: 903-473-5000
Fax: 903-473-5086


District Clerk

P.O. Box 187
Emory 75440
Phone: 903-473-5000 (Ext: 101)
Fax: 903-473-5008


Rains County's first courthouse was a log building. It was used until a two-room courthouse was built in 1871; this second courthouse burned in 1879. The log building was again used as a temporary courthouse until two-story building could be built in 1884. The 1884 courthouse burned in 1908. Rains County's current courthouse, shown at right, is the county's fourth Courthouse. It was built in 1908.

Rains County Courthouse
167 E. Quitman Street
P. O. Box 158
Emory, Texas 75440

Rains County Government Website

Rains County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1879 1880 1870 1880


History

1840's--The first Anglo-American arrived in the 1840's.

Parent County

1870--Rains County was created 9 June 1870 from Hopkins, Hunt, and Wood Counties.

  • County seat: Emory [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1879 - Rains County Courthouse, built in 1871, burned; All county records were destroyed.
1908 - Rains County Courthouse, built in 1884, burned. County records were save in a fireproof vault.

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Alba | Dougherty | East Tawakoni | Emory | Point

Neighboring Counties

Hopkins  • Hunt  • Van Zandt  • Wood

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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

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 Rains 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.

  • Early Days in Texas and Rains County, 1917 by William Oscar Hebison and Ambrose Fitzgerald.
  • 100th Anniversary of Rains County, 1970
  • Rains County History from the Handbook of Texas Online

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

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

Vital Records

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Organization for the Preservation of Historical and Genealogical Records
OPHGR
email:[1] P Vinson President
Canton, TX
email:[2]
Website:[3]

These folks go to county courthouses, churches and other places where old documents and records are housed. They either scan the very old records with their oversized scanner or they transcribe those old documents and then publish them as books. Membership is $10.00/year if you have an email address and you get their Newsletter sent to you quarterly. Visit their web site for Publication Listings as well as membership information.

They also host several workshops during the year. Topics include: Beginning Researcher, Internet Research, Beginner Computer Help as well as Native American/Melungeon/African American Research.

Family History Centers

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

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rains County, Texas. Page 672 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).
 

Rains county; PO Box 187; Emory, TX 75440-0187; Ph. 903.473.2461 Details: (Co Clk has b rec from 1902, d rec from 1903, m, div & land rec from 1880 & pro rec from 1894)