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==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
  
*'''1865 - 1870''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1870](images) - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1865 - 1870''' {{RecordSearch|1989155|Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1870}}(images) - FamilySearch - [[Texas, Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]<br>
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb  
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;African Ancestored Genealogy
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;African Ancestored Genealogy
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Birth Indexes and Records''  
*'''1840 - 1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch  
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*'''1840-1981''' - {{RecordSearch|1681015|Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981}} - free, courtesy: FamilySearch. - [[Texas Births and Christenings - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1903 - 1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1903-1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1803956|Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935}} - free, includes images, courtesy: FamilySearch. - [[Texas Birth Certificates - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1903 - 1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997] (index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1903-1997''' - {{RecordSearch|1949342|Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997}} - free, courtesy: FamilySearch. - [[Texas, Birth Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''1926-1995''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10008/texas-births-1926-1995?s=275764761 Texas Births, 1926 - 1995] at MyHeritage ($) — index
 
*'''1926-1995''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10008/texas-births-1926-1995?s=275764761 Texas Births, 1926 - 1995] at MyHeritage ($) — index
  
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*'''1802 - 2010''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=texas%2ctx Texas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''1802 - 2010''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=texas%2ctx Texas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''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 $  
 
*'''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 $  
*'''1837 - 1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1803985|Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1837 - 1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1803985|Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images - [[Texas, County Marriage Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1837 - 1973''' - {{RecordSearch|1681052|Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1837 - 1973''' - {{RecordSearch|1681052|Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index - [[Texas Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1837 - 1977''' - {{RecordSearch|1803987|Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1837 - 1977''' - {{RecordSearch|1803987|Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index - [[Texas Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''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 $
 
*'''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 $
 
*'''1879 - 1920''' - [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txbaylor/baymar1.htm Baylor County Marriages 1879 - 1920] ~ Complete List ~ Baylor County, TXGenWeb  
 
*'''1879 - 1920''' - [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txbaylor/baymar1.htm Baylor County Marriages 1879 - 1920] ~ Complete List ~ Baylor County, TXGenWeb  
*'''1903 - 1997''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index)-&nbsp; FamilySearch
 
 
*'''1966 - 2005''' - [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005] Hidden Ancestors
 
*'''1966 - 2005''' - [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005] Hidden Ancestors
 
*'''1966-2016''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10069/texas-marriages-divorces?utm_source=organic_blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=supersearch&tr_funnel=supersearch&tr_country=US&tr_creative=dec19secondhalf&utm_content=dec19secondhalf Texas Marriages and Divorces] at MyHeritage ($) — index
 
*'''1966-2016''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10069/texas-marriages-divorces?utm_source=organic_blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=supersearch&tr_funnel=supersearch&tr_country=US&tr_creative=dec19secondhalf&utm_content=dec19secondhalf Texas Marriages and Divorces] at MyHeritage ($) — index
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Death Indexes and Records''  
  
*'''1890 - 1976''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1983324 Texas Death Records 1890 1976 [with images]]
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*'''1890-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1983324|Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 (New Images)}} - free, courtesy: FamilySearch. - [[Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1903 - 1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681049 Texas Deaths and Burials 1903 - 1973] (index) - FamilySearch  
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*'''1903-1973''' - {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials, 1903-1973}} - free, courtesy: FamilySearch. - [[Texas Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''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 $
 
*'''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 $
*'''1903 - 2000''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949337 ''Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000''] (index) - FamilySearch  
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*'''1903-2000''' - {{RecordSearch|1949337|Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000}} - free, courtesy: FamilySearch. - [[Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1964 - 1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images]  
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*'''1964-1998''' - {{RecordSearch|1375599|Texas Death Index, 1964-1998}} - free, courtesy: FamilySearch. - [[Texas Death Index, 1964-1998 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]  
*'''1977 - 1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1977 - 1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] — index - [[Texas Deaths, 1977-1986 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
===== Divorce  =====
 
===== 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  
 
*'''1968 - 2005''' [http://whttp://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*'''1850 - 1930''' [http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930  
 
*'''1850 - 1930''' [http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930  
*'''1968 - 2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
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*'''1968 - 2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] — index - [[Texas, Divorce Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''1968 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
*'''1968 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
*'''1966-2016''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10069/texas-marriages-divorces?utm_source=organic_blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=supersearch&tr_funnel=supersearch&tr_country=US&tr_creative=dec19secondhalf&utm_content=dec19secondhalf Texas Marriages and Divorces] at MyHeritage ($) — index
 
*'''1966-2016''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10069/texas-marriages-divorces?utm_source=organic_blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=supersearch&tr_funnel=supersearch&tr_country=US&tr_creative=dec19secondhalf&utm_content=dec19secondhalf Texas Marriages and Divorces] at MyHeritage ($) — index

Latest revision as of 11:17, 2 September 2020

Guide to Baylor County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Baylor County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Baylor County
Location in the state of Texas, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 1, 1858
County Seat Seymour
Courthouse
TexasBaylorCourthouse.jpg
Address Baylor County Courthouse
101 S Washington
PO Box 689
Seymour, TX 76380-0689
Phone: 940.888.3322
Baylor County Website
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Henry Weidner Baylor, a surgeon in the Texas Rangers during the Mexican–American War. The County is located in the north-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1879, divorce records from 1881,
probate and court records from 1880[2]

County Clerk and District Clerk

101 S. Washington St.
Seymour 76380
Phone: 940-889-3322
Baylor County Website



Baylor County, Texas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1879 1903 1880 1879 1880 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1858--Baylor County was created 1 February 1858 from Fannin Land District.

  • County seat: Seymour [4]

The county was named for Henry W. Baylor, a doctor serving with the Texas Rangers.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Unincorporated communities


Round Timber - Established 1874, Population in 2000 was 2. [6]

Seaborn - A post office operated at Seaborn from January 1907 to September 1910 before changing its name to Westover. http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txpost/baylor.html [7]]

Westover - Created in 1910 when the name of the town of Seaborn was changed to Westover.

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Archer • Foard  • Haskell • Knox  • Throckmorton  • Wichita • Wilbarger  • Young


Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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
TX Gravestones WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
USGW Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves Linkpendium
TXGenWeb FamilySearch Places
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880715
18902,595262.9%
19108,411
19207,027−16.5%
19307,4185.6%
19407,7554.5%
19506,875−11.3%
19605,893−14.3%
19705,221−11.4%
19804,919−5.8%
19904,385−10.9%
20004,093−6.7%
20103,726−9.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church[edit | edit source]

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.



List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

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.


Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Baylor 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[edit | edit source]

Foard CountyWilbarger CountyWichita CountyKnox CountyHaskell CountyThrockmorton CountyYoung CountyArcher CountyTX BAYLOR.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Mexican-American War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records of Texas, United States Genealogy 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[edit | edit source]

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.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Baylor County Historical Society
PO Box 689
Seymour 76380

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Baylor County, Texas," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baylor_County,_Texas. accessed 07/25/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Baylor County, Texas. Page 658 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Baylor County, Texas . Page 658-677 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 655-665.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Baylor County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baylor_County,_Texas, accessed 26 March 2019.
  6. Handbook of Texas Online
  7. Postmasters and Post Offices of Texas, 1846-1930