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== Record Description ==
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== What Is in the Collection? ==
  
 
This collection includes the following types of court records:  
 
This collection includes the following types of court records:  
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*Indexes to Civil proceedings
 
*Indexes to Civil proceedings
  
For a list of records by category and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1911179/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
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The early volumes are handwritten in book format. Later records are handwritten or typed on blank pages or pre-printed forms. This collection covers the years 1868 to 1949.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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Counties generally begin recording court proceedings as soon as the court is organized. Court records are made as a permanent record of the court proceedings. Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. The counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship.
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
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Information that was current at the time the record was made are usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors.
  
{{Collection citation | text= "Texas, Eastland County Records, 1868-1949." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing District Court, Eastland.}}
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===To Browse This Collection===
 
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Image:Texas, Eastland County District Court and Naturalization Records (11-0073) Court DGS 4712777 53.jpg|Court Record
 
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The civil and criminal proceedings generally include the following information:  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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'''The civil and criminal proceedings''' generally include the following information:  
  
 
*Names of interested parties  
 
*Names of interested parties  
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*Name and title of presiding officer
 
*Name and title of presiding officer
  
The Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions usually included the following:  
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'''The Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions''' usually included the following:  
  
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
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*Signature of judge or court official
 
*Signature of judge or court official
  
Naturalization proceedings after 1906 usually included the following additional details:  
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'''Naturalization proceedings after 1906''' usually included the following additional details:  
  
 
*Marital status  
 
*Marital status  
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*Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
 
*Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
  
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Image:Texas, Eastland County District Court and Naturalization Records (11-0073) Court DGS 4712777 53.jpg|Court Record
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Image:Texas, Eastland County District Court and Naturalization Records (11-0073) Naturalization DGS 4706813 26.jpg|Naturalization Record
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*The full name of your ancestor
 
*The approximate court or naturalization date
 
*The ancestor’s residence
 
  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
  
==== Using the Information  ====
 
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1911179 Texas, Eastland County Records, 1868-1949]. Some catalog records link to multiple digital image records. In this case, click on a digital image record to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
*Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
*Use the residences and ages can help you locate census records, church records, and land records.
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Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information. 
*Use naturalization records to learn an immigrant’s place of origin, confirm their date of arrival, learn foreign and “Americanized” names and find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests
 
  
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
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*Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Texas Church Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*Many case numbers are overlapped and out of order.
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
*Civil cases were heard in multiple courts and the case numbers were duplicated between courts. So although case numbers may be the same, the cases don’t have the same information and they are for different individuals.  
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
*The records may have indexes in the beginning or at the end of the individual volumes. Check for indexes first.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.  
*Indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.
*Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived, and then look for the Naturalization Petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts and then in state, county, or city courts.  
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*Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
*An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process.
 
*If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.  
 
*Continue to search the naturalization records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have naturalized in the same area or nearby.  
 
*The witnesses named on the court records may have been older relatives of the person in the naturalization process. Search for their naturalizations.  
 
*You may want to obtain the naturalization records of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors.
 
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
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== Known Issues With This Collection ==
  
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Texas, Eastland County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
  
==== General Information About These Records  ====
 
  
The early volumes are handwritten in book format. Later records are handwritten or typed on blank pages or pre-printed forms. This collection covers the years 1868 to 1949.  
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==Citing This Collection==
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A citation is a note where you found information. Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Using citations allows others to find the same records.
  
Counties generally begin recording court proceedings as soon as the court is organized. Court records are made as a permanent record of the court proceedings. Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. The counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship.
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'''Collection Citation''':<br>
 
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{{Collection citation | text= "Texas, Eastland County Records, 1868-1949." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing District Court, Eastland.}} <br><br>
Information that was current at the time the record was made are usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://www.state.tx.us/category.jsp?categoryId=6 Texas State Website]
 
*[http://www.archives.gov/southwest/ National Archives Southwest Region]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Eastland County, Texas|Eastland County, Texas]]
 
*[[Texas Court Records]]
 
*[[Texas Naturalization and Citizenship]]
 
 
 
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1868-1949
FamilySearch Resources
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection includes the following types of court records:

  • Naturalization certificates
  • Petitions
  • Declarations of intent
  • Civil proceedings
  • Indexes to Civil proceedings

The early volumes are handwritten in book format. Later records are handwritten or typed on blank pages or pre-printed forms. This collection covers the years 1868 to 1949.

Counties generally begin recording court proceedings as soon as the court is organized. Court records are made as a permanent record of the court proceedings. Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. The counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship.

Information that was current at the time the record was made are usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, Eastland County Records, 1868-1949.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The civil and criminal proceedings generally include the following information:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Names of jurors
  • Names of witnesses
  • Proceeding dates
  • Name and title of presiding officer

The Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions usually included the following:

  • Name
  • Arrival date
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Race
  • Last foreign residence
  • Current residence
  • Arrival place
  • Names of witnesses
  • Signature of judge or court official

Naturalization proceedings after 1906 usually included the following additional details:

  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Maiden name of wife
  • Birth date of spouse
  • Residence of spouse
  • Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization

Collection Content

Sample Images


How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The location or date of the event

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page. br>

  1. Select Record Category
  2. Select Record Type, Volume, and Year Range

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.


What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Known Issues With This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.


Citing This Collection

A citation is a note where you found information. Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Using citations allows others to find the same records.

Collection Citation:

"Texas, Eastland County Records, 1868-1949." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing District Court, Eastland.

Image citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, Eastland County Records, 1868-1949.

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