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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties T|Counties T]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Taylor County'' <br>  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Genealogy|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties T|Counties T]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Taylor County'' <br>  
  
Guide to '''Taylor County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Taylor 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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{{TXDC}}
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{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}
 
<br>{{Infobox U.S. County
 
<br>{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Taylor County
 
| county = Taylor County
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| founded date = February 1
 
| founded date = February 1
 
| seat wl = Abilene
 
| seat wl = Abilene
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| building image = TexasTaylorCourthouse.jpg
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== County Information ==
  
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
== County Courthouse ==
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[http://www.taylorcountytexas.org/ Taylor County Courthouse]<br> 300 Oak Street<br> Abilene, TX 79602<br> Phone: 325-674-1202 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Taylor County, Texas. Page 674 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
[http://www.taylorcountytexas.org/ Taylor County Courthouse]<br> 300 Oak Street<br> Abilene, TX 79602<br> Phone: 915.674.1202 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Taylor County, Texas. Page 674 {{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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300 Oak St. Ste. 100<br>Abilene 79602<br>Phone: 325-674-1205<br>Fax: 325-674-1279
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'''District Clerk'''
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300 Oak St. Ste. 400<br>Abilene 79602<br>Phone: 325-674-1316<br>Fax: 325-674-1307<br>  
  
 
Taylor County has had two county seats:&nbsp; Buffalo Gap 1878-1883 and Abilene 1883-present.<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Taylor County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hct02</ref>  
 
Taylor County has had two county seats:&nbsp; Buffalo Gap 1878-1883 and Abilene 1883-present.<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Taylor County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hct02</ref>  
  
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==== Taylor 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" |1878
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1878
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1878
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1858--'''Taylor County was created 1 February 1858 from [[Bexar County, Texas|Bexar]] and [[Travis County, Texas|Travis ]]Counties. '''County seat:''' Abilene <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1858--'''Taylor County was created 1 February 1858 from [[Bexar County, Texas Genealogy|Bexar]] and [[Travis County, Texas Genealogy|Travis ]]Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Abilene <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  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Taylor, Abilene|place|disp=Abilene}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Taylor, Merkel|place|disp=Merkel}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Taylor, Potosi|place|disp=Potosi}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Taylor, Tuscola|place|disp=Tuscola}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Callahan County, Texas|Callahan]]  
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[[Callahan County, Texas Genealogy|Callahan]] {{•}} [[Coleman County, Texas Genealogy|Coleman]] {{•}} [[Fisher County, Texas Genealogy|Fisher]] {{•}} [[Jones County, Texas Genealogy|Jones]] {{•}} [[Nolan County, Texas Genealogy|Nolan]] {{•}} [[Runnels County, Texas Genealogy|Runnels]] {{•}} [[Shackelford County, Texas Genealogy|Shackelford]]  
*[[Coleman County, Texas|Coleman]]  
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<center>{{TX TAYLOR County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Fisher County, Texas|Fisher]]  
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*[[Jones County, Texas|Jones]]  
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*[[Nolan County, Texas|Nolan]]  
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*[[Runnels County, Texas|Runnels]]  
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*[[Shackelford County, Texas|Shackelford]]
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African American  ====
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*'''1865-1870''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records](images) - FamilySearch<br>
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Taylor+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2740 Findagrave.com ]
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[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Taylor/ListTaylor.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
  
 
*[http://www.abilenetx.com/cemeteryview/ Abilene City Cemetery] (City of Abilene Cemetery, Municipal Cemetery) Cemetery Database. Also includes:&nbsp; I. O. O. F. Cemetery, Masonic Cemetery, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Cedar Hill Flats Cemetery. Search by space or occupant.  
 
*[http://www.abilenetx.com/cemeteryview/ Abilene City Cemetery] (City of Abilene Cemetery, Municipal Cemetery) Cemetery Database. Also includes:&nbsp; I. O. O. F. Cemetery, Masonic Cemetery, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Cedar Hill Flats Cemetery. Search by space or occupant.  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txtaylor/taylorcemeteries.html Taylor County Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txtaylor/taylorcemeteries.html Taylor County Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
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*[http://historictexascemeteries.com/taylor/taylor-county-cemeteries Taylor County Cemeteries] Maps, Transcriptions, Photos and more.
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries  
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102260 Drummond Cemetery, Abilene] BillionGraves  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102260 Drummond Cemetery, Abilene] BillionGraves  
 
*[http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Grave_Thoughts/TexasCemeteries.htm Texas Escapes] Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and lots of pictures.
 
*[http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Grave_Thoughts/TexasCemeteries.htm Texas Escapes] Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and lots of pictures.
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==== Census  ====
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{{US Census population
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|1880= 1736
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|1890= 6957
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|1900= 10499
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|1910= 26293
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|1920= 24081
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|1930= 41023
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|1940= 44147
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|1950= 63370
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|1960= 101078
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|1970= 97853
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|1980= 110932
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|1990= 119655
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|2000= 126555
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|2010= 131506
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
{{TX County Histories}}
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{{TX County Histories}}  
  
 
*''A History of Rural Taylor County, ''1980, by Juanita Daniel Zachry.  
 
*''A History of Rural Taylor County, ''1980, by Juanita Daniel Zachry.  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://www.birdseyeviews.org/zoom.php?city=Abilene&year=1883&extra_info= Abilene 1883 Panoramic Map] from the Amon Carter Museum.  
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[[Image:Txtaylor.jpg|400px|Txtaylor.jpg]] <br> <br>
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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*'''1883''' [http://www.birdseyeviews.org/zoom.php?city=Abilene&year=1883&extra_info= Abilene Panoramic Map] from the Amon Carter Museum.  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps] ~ From the Republic to the Turn of the Century ~ Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/taylor/military/civilwar/pensions Taylor County CSA&nbsp;Pensions]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives  
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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
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/taylor/military/civilwar/pensions Taylor County CSA Pensions] ~ USGenWeb Archives  
 
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors]  
 
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors]  
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/cif/?dex/ Confederate Indigent Families List&nbsp;]  
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*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/cif/?dex/ Confederate Indigent Families List]  
*[http://www.terrystexasrangers.org/ Terrys Texas Rangers, 8th Texas Calvary&nbsp;]  
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*[http://www.terrystexasrangers.org/ Terrys Texas Rangers, 8th Texas Calvary]
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Taylor}}  
 
{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Taylor}}  
  
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*Wikipedia has a list of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_newspaper_archives online newspaper archives] for Texas.  
 
*Wikipedia has a list of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_newspaper_archives online newspaper archives] for Texas.  
 
*[http://www.reporter-news.com Abilene Reporter News]  
 
*[http://www.reporter-news.com Abilene Reporter News]  
*The Merkel Mail<br>912 North 1st Street<br>Merkel, TX 79536<br>Phone: 325-928-5712  
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*The Merkel Mail<br>912 North 1st Street<br>Merkel, TX 79536<br>Phone: <span class="skype_c2c_print_container">325-928-5712</span><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_container"><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">325-928-5712</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>
 
*[http://www.buffalogapnews.com/ The Buffalo Gap RoundUp]  
 
*[http://www.buffalogapnews.com/ The Buffalo Gap RoundUp]  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaryresources.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}  
 
{{TX Probate Intro}}  
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records 1800-1990}} 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 1800-2000] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records] ~ Ancestry.com (subscription)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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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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===== 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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*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*'''1903-1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1903-1997''' [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''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records, 1837-1977] - FamilySearch.&nbsp;&nbsp;Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.<br>
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*'''1966-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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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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*'''1903-2000''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949337 ''Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000''] (index) - FamilySearch<br>
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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://whttp://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; &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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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project]
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
Abilene Public Library<br>202 Cedar St<br>Abilene, TX 79601<br>Phone: (325) 676-6328<br>[http://www.abilenetx.com/apl/ Website]  
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'''Scarborough Library of Genealogy'''<br>History &amp; Biography of South and Southwest<br> c/o McMurray College Library<br>McMurray Station, Abilene, TX 79605<br> [http://www.genealogyinc.com/texas/taylor-county/#sthash.yM9b1Zdc.dpuf Website]<br><br> '''Taylor Heritage Society'''<br>P.O. Box 385<br>Taylor 76574<br><br> '''Abilene Public Library'''<br>202 Cedar St<br>Abilene, TX 79601<br>Phone: (325) 676-6328<br>[http://www.abilenetx.com/apl/ Website]  
  
<br>Merkel Public Library<br>100 Kent St<br>Merkel, TX 79536<br>Phone: (325) 928-5054  
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'''Merkel Public Library'''<br>100 Kent St<br>Merkel, TX 79536<br>Phone: (325) 928-5054  
  
 
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Society Hill&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies  
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*Society Hill&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
  
 
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
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*[[Abilene Texas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Abilene Texas Family History Center]]
  
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*[http://hiddenancestors.com/txtaylor/ Taylor County]~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://hiddenancestors.com/txtaylor/ Taylor County]~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/taylor/tayltoc.htm Taylor County Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/taylor/tayltoc.htm Taylor County Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
 
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
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Guide to Taylor 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 February 1, 1858
County Seat Abilene
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County Information

County Courthouse

Taylor County Courthouse
300 Oak Street
Abilene, TX 79602
Phone: 325-674-1202

County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records[1]

County Clerk

300 Oak St. Ste. 100
Abilene 79602
Phone: 325-674-1205
Fax: 325-674-1279

District Clerk

300 Oak St. Ste. 400
Abilene 79602
Phone: 325-674-1316
Fax: 325-674-1307

Taylor County has had two county seats:  Buffalo Gap 1878-1883 and Abilene 1883-present.[2]

Taylor County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1878 1880 1878 1878


History

Parent County

1858--Taylor County was created 1 February 1858 from Bexar and Travis Counties.

  • County seat: Abilene [3]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Taylor County boundary changes.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Abilene | Buffalo Gap | Caps | Potosi | Hamby | Happy Valley | Lawn | Merkel | Ovalo | Potosi | Trent | Tuscola | Tye | View | Wylie

Neighboring Counties

Callahan  • Coleman  • Fisher  • Jones  • Nolan  • Runnels  • Shackelford

Coke CountyNolan CountyFisher CountyRunnels CountyTaylor CountyJones CountyColeman CountyCallahan CountyShackelford CountyTX TAYLOR.JPG
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Resources

African American

Cemeteries

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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

WorldCat

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18801,736
18906,957300.7%
190010,49950.9%
191026,293150.4%
192024,081−8.4%
193041,02370.4%
194044,1477.6%
195063,37043.5%
1960101,07859.5%
197097,853−3.2%
1980110,93213.4%
1990119,6557.9%
2000126,5555.8%
2010131,5063.9%

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 Taylor 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

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

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

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

Obituaries

Probate

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

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

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

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

Online Probate Records

Taxation

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

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

Vital Records

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce



Societies and Libraries

Scarborough Library of Genealogy
History & Biography of South and Southwest
c/o McMurray College Library
McMurray Station, Abilene, TX 79605
Website

Taylor Heritage Society
P.O. Box 385
Taylor 76574

Abilene Public Library
202 Cedar St
Abilene, TX 79601
Phone: (325) 676-6328
Website

Merkel Public Library
100 Kent St
Merkel, TX 79536
Phone: (325) 928-5054


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

Family History Centers

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


Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Taylor County, Texas. Page 674 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handbook of Texas Online: Taylor County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hct02
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).