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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties W|Counties W]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Wichita County'' <br>
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Guide to '''Wichita 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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{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}<br>
 
<br>{{Infobox U.S. County
 
<br>{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Wichita County
 
| county = Wichita County
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| founded date = February 1
 
| founded date = February 1
 
| seat wl = Wichita Falls
 
| seat wl = Wichita Falls
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| building image = TexasWichitaCourthouse.jpg
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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== County Information ==
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==== Wichita 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" |1860
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1882
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1873
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1882
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
[http://www.co.wichita.tx.us/ Wichita County Courthouse]<br> 900 7th Street PO Box 1679<br> Wichita Falls, TX 76307-1679<br> Phone: 940.766.8144&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has&nbsp;has incomplete birth records from 1890, <br>incomplete death records from 1900, marriage, probate<br>&nbsp;and land records from 1882; District &nbsp;Clerk has divorce and<br>court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wichita County, Texas. Page 676 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
[http://www.co.wichita.tx.us/ Wichita County Courthouse]<br> 900 7th Street PO Box 1679<br> Wichita Falls, TX 76307-1679<br> Phone: 940.766.8144&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has&nbsp;has incomplete birth records from 1890, <br>incomplete death records from 1900, marriage, probate<br>&nbsp;and land records from 1882; District &nbsp;Clerk has divorce and<br>court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wichita County, Texas. Page 676 {{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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P.O. Box 1679<br>Wichita Falls 76307<br>Phone: 940-766-8144
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'''District Clerk'''
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900 7th St.<br>Wichita Falls 76301<br>Phone: 940-766-8190<br>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
The first white settler arrived in 1856.  
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'''1856--''' The first white settler arrived in 1856.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1858--'''Wichita County was created 1 February 1858 Fannin Land District. '''County seat: '''Wichita Falls <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1858--'''Wichita County was created 1 February 1858 Fannin Land District.<br>
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*'''County seat: '''Wichita Falls <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== 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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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Wichita, Burkburnett|place|disp=Burkburnett}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Wichita, Electra|place|disp=Electra}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Wichita, Wichita Falls|place|disp=Wichita Falls}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Archer County, Texas|Archer]]  
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[[Archer County, Texas Genealogy|Archer]] {{•}} [[Baylor County, Texas Genealogy|Baylor]] {{•}} [[Clay County, Texas Genealogy|Clay]] {{•}} [[Cotton County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Cotton&nbsp;County, Oklahoma]] {{•}} [[Tillman County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Tillman County, Oklahoma]] {{•}} [[Wilbarger County, Texas Genealogy|Wilbarger]]  
*[[Baylor County, Texas|Baylor]]  
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<center>{{TX WICHITA County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Clay County, Texas|Clay]]  
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== Resources  ==
*[[Cotton County, Oklahoma|Cotton&nbsp;County, Oklahoma]]  
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*[[Tillman County, Oklahoma|Tillman County, Oklahoma]]  
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==== African American  ====
*[[Wilbarger County, Texas|Wilbarger]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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*'''1865-1870''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records](images) - FamilySearch<br>
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/cemetery/beaverst.txt Beaver Creek Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/cemetery/burk-cem.txt Burkburnett Memorial Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/cemetery/claraabc.txt Clara Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/cemetery/evert.txt Evert Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/cemetery/highland-m.txt Highland Memorial Garden/Hilltop Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/cemetery/journey-buno.txt Journey's End Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/cemetery/mtcarmel-az.txt Mt. Carmel Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/cemetery/dick-oldelecrab.txt Old Elektra and Dick Sparks Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb&nbsp;Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/cemetery/riverside.txt Riverside Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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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=2762&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/cemetery/sacred-heartcath.txt Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|404031|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=106236 Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Wichita Falls] BillionGraves
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2762 FindAGrave]
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb
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*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/wichita-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Cemeteries%2C+Wichita+County%2C+Texas WorldCat]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/wichita.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/Wtx/Wichita/ListWichita.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/wichtoc.htm GenWeb Archives]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/wichita/wichita-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=Wichita&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=243 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxwichit/cemeteries.htm TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22818&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=15&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/wichita.htm Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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''Additional Cemetery Sources''
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*[http://www.preservationtexas.org/endangered/historic-texas-cemeteries/ Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries  
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[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= 433
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|1890= 4831
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|1900= 5806
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|1910= 16094
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|1920= 72911
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|1930= 74416
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|1940= 73604
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|1950= 98493
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|1960= 123528
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|1970= 120563
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|1980= 121082
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|1990= 122378
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|2000= 131664
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|2010= 131500
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}}
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records
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{{TX Church Intro}}
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*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
*[http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/parishes/index.html Catholic Parishes in Texas]
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*[https://www.dioceseofbmt.org/ Catholic Parishes in Texas]
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/land/wichita.txt Original Land Owners of Texas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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{{TX Land}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/land/wichita.txt Original Land Owners of Texas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/schools/1904wichita.txt 1904 Wichita Falls Graduates]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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{{TX County Histories}}
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/schools/1907wfhs.txt 1907 Wichita Falls Graduates]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/schools/1916-Coyote.txt 1916 Coyote, Wichita Falls High School]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/schools/1904wichita.txt '''1904''' Wichita Falls Graduates] ~ USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/schools/wichhs27.txt 1927 Coyote, Wichita Falls High School]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/schools/1907wfhs.txt '''1907''' Wichita Falls Graduates] ~ USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/schools/wichita-falls-hs32.txt 1932 Coyote, Wichita Falls High School&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/schools/1916-Coyote.txt '''1916''' Coyote, Wichita Falls High School] ~ USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/schools/wichita-falls-hs39.txt 1939 Coyote, Wichita Falls High School]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/schools/wichhs27.txt '''1927''' Coyote, Wichita Falls High School] ~ USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/landmark.txt Col. James Home to be Torn Down 1920]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/schools/wichita-falls-hs32.txt '''1932''' Coyote, Wichita Falls High School] ~ USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/schools/wichita-falls-hs39.txt '''1939''' Coyote, Wichita Falls High School] ~ USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/history/landmark.txt '''1920''' Col. James Home to be Torn Down] ~ USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums] ~ List of all museums in Texas ~ Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Txwichita.jpg|270px|Txwichita.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  
 
*[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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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/wichita/military/civilwar/pensions/wichicsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications List]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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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 $
*[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/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[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/Fallen_Heroes.htm Fallen Heroes] ~ Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[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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*[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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*'''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/wichita/military/civilwar/pensions/wichicsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications List] ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
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=====World War I=====
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*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Wichita}}
  
 
*[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  ====
  
*[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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{{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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*[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://hr-search-api:8080/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/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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===== Birth  =====
*[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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*'''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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*'''1903-1997''' [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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*'''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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*'''1966-2005''' [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 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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*'''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://hr-search-api:8080/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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===== 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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*'''1968-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1850-1930''' [http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
Electra Public Library<br>401 N Waggoner St<br>Electra, TX 76360<br>Phone: (940) 495-2208  
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'''North Texas Genealogical Association'''<br> PO Box 4602<br> University Park Station<br>Wichita Falls, TX 76308<br> [http://www.ntgatrailtracers.org/ Website] <br><br>
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'''Wichita County Historical Society'''<br> 900 7th St.<br> Wichita Falls 76301<br><br>
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'''Electra Public Library'''<br>401 N Waggoner St<br>Electra, TX 76360<br>Telephone Number: 940-495-2208<br>[http://www.cityofelectra.com/departments/library.php Website]<br><br>
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'''Tom Burnett Memorial Library'''<br>400 W Alameda St<br>Iowa Park, TX 76367<br>Telephone Number: 940-592-4981<br>[http://texaslakestrail.com/plan-your-adventure/historic-sites-and-cities/sites/tom-burnett-memorial-library Website]<br><br>
  
<br>Tom Burnett Memorial Library<br>400 W Alameda St<br>Iowa Park, TX 76367<br>Phone: (940) 592-4981
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'''Wichita Falls Public Library'''<br>600 11th St<br>Wichita Falls, TX 76301<br>Telephone Number: 940-767-0868<br>[http://www.wfpl.net/research/genealogy Website]<br><br>
  
<br>Wichita Falls Public Library<br>600 11th St<br>Wichita Falls, TX 76301<br>Phone: (940) 767-0868<br><br>Burkburnett Library<br>215 E 4th St<br>Burkburnett, TX 76354<br>Phone: (940) 569-2991
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'''Burkburnett Library'''<br>215 E 4th St<br>Burkburnett, TX 76354<br>Telephone Number: 9400569-2991<br> [http://www.everylibrary.com/Burkburnett-TX/Burkburnett-Library.html Website]<br><br>  
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Wichita Falls Texas Family History Center]]
 
  
[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies  
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*[[Wichita Falls Texas Family History Center]]
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txwichit/ Wichita County]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txwichit/ Wichita County]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; 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.  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
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*[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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*{{FHL|Texas Wichita|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.
 
 
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Wichita|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 21:34, 5 May 2017

United States
Texas
Wichita County

Guide to Wichita 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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Wichita County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Founded February 1, 1858
County Seat Wichita Falls
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County Information



Wichita County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1860 1882 1880 1873 1882


County Courthouse

Wichita County Courthouse
900 7th Street PO Box 1679
Wichita Falls, TX 76307-1679
Phone: 940.766.8144 

County Clerk has has incomplete birth records from 1890,
incomplete death records from 1900, marriage, probate
 and land records from 1882; District  Clerk has divorce and
court records[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 1679
Wichita Falls 76307
Phone: 940-766-8144

District Clerk

900 7th St.
Wichita Falls 76301
Phone: 940-766-8190

History

1856-- The first white settler arrived in 1856.

Parent County

1858--Wichita County was created 1 February 1858 Fannin Land District.

  • County seat: Wichita Falls [2]

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

Neighboring Counties

Archer  • Baylor  • Clay  • Cotton County, Oklahoma  • Tillman County, Oklahoma  • Wilbarger

Tillman CountyCotton CountyWilbarger CountyBaylor CountyArcher CountyWichita CountyClay CountyTX WICHITA.JPG
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Resources

African American

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

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880433
18904,8311,015.7%
19005,80620.2%
191016,094177.2%
192072,911353.0%
193074,4162.1%
194073,604−1.1%
195098,49333.8%
1960123,52825.4%
1970120,563−2.4%
1980121,0820.4%
1990122,3781.1%
2000131,6647.6%
2010131,500−0.1%

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 Wichita 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

Txwichita.jpg

Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War
World War I

Newspapers

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

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

North Texas Genealogical Association
PO Box 4602
University Park Station
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Website

Wichita County Historical Society
900 7th St.
Wichita Falls 76301

Electra Public Library
401 N Waggoner St
Electra, TX 76360
Telephone Number: 940-495-2208
Website

Tom Burnett Memorial Library
400 W Alameda St
Iowa Park, TX 76367
Telephone Number: 940-592-4981
Website

Wichita Falls Public Library
600 11th St
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Telephone Number: 940-767-0868
Website

Burkburnett Library
215 E 4th St
Burkburnett, TX 76354
Telephone Number: 9400569-2991
Website

Family History Centers

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

Websites

  • Wichita County  ~  TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
  • 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), Wichita County, Texas. Page 676 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).