Bell County, Texas Genealogy

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


Bell County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Bell County
Location in the state of Texas, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded March 15, 1891
County Seat Belton
Address Bell County Courthouse
550 E 2nd Street PO Box 480
Belton, TX 76513
Phone: 254.933.5174
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County Information[edit | edit source]

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

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1850 1860 1850 1800

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, probate and land records from 1850,
military records and school census; Clerk District Court
has divorce records from 1850, court and naturalization

County Clerk

P.O. Box 480
Belton 76513
Phone: 254-933-5165
Fax: 254-933-5176

District Clerk

P.O. Box 909
Belton 76513
Phone: 254-933-5190
Fax: 254-933-5199

Quick History[edit | edit source]

Settled, abandoned and resettled several times due to Indian troubles.

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Bell_County,_Texas

Parent County[edit | edit source]

22 January 1850: Bell County was created from Milam County. [2]

The county was named for Peter H. Bell, (1812-1898). Peter Hansborough Bell, governor of Texas, was born on May 12, 1812, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. He engaged in business in Petersburg until he left Virginia to fight for the independence of Texas.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1891--The treasurer's office of the Bell County Courthouse caught fire, March 15, 1891.  Probably arson. No record loss. [3]

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]

Bartlett | Belton | Copperas Cove | Harker Heights | Killeen | Little River-Academy | Morgan's Point Resort | Nolanville | Temple | Troy

Towns[edit | edit source]

Holland | Rogers

Village[edit | edit source]


Military[edit | edit source]

Fort Hood

Unincorporated Communties[edit | edit source]

Cyclone | Ding Dong | Heidenheimer | Pendleton | White Hall

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Burnet  • Coryell  • Falls  • Lampasas  • McLennan  • Milam  • Williamson

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 Epodunk
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 2011315,19632.4%

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.

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 Bell 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]

Lampasas CountyMcLennan CountyFalls CountyMilam CountyWilliamson CountyBurnet CountyCoryell CountyTX BELL.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]

Off-line Newspaper Information
Online Newspapers
Online Newspaper Abstracts
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bell County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

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

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]

East Bell County Genealogical Society
3219 Meadow Oaks Drive
c/o PO Box 75
Temple, TX 76503-0075

West Bell Genealogical Society
Killeen Public Library
205 East Church Street
Killeen, Texas

Lena Armstrong Public Library (City of Belton)
301 E. 1st Avenue
Belton, Texas 76513 [ MAP ]
(254) 933-5830
(254) 933-5831 fax

Harker Heights Public Library
400 Indian Trail
Harker Heights, TX 76548 [ MAP ]

Killeen Family History Library
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
1410 S 2nd St
Killeen, Bell, TX 76541 [ MAP ]
Phone: 254-526-2918

Killeen Public Library
205 E. Church Ave
Killeen, Texas 76541 [ MAP ]
(254) 501-8990

Temple Public Library
100 West Adams Ave
Temple TX 76501 [ MAP ]
Circulation Desk: (254) 298-5556
Reference Desk: (254) 298-5702

Temple College
Hubert M. Dawson Library
2600 South First Street
Temple, Texas 76504 [ MAP ]
(254) 298-8426
or (800)460-4636 ext 8426 (Texas only)

University of Mary Hardin Baylor
Townsend Memorial Library
900 College St
Belton, TX 76513 [ MAP ]
(254) 295-4637 *

Societies[edit | edit source]

Bell County Historical Commission
PO Box 712
Belton TX 76513-0712
(254) 933-5917
Office is in the restored Bell County Courthouse (Belton)

Central Texas Genealogical Society
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
5301 Bosque Blvd Suite 275
Waco, Texas 76710 [ MAP ]

Bell County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1493
Temple, TX 76503-1493
Meeting Location: Temple Public Library (McLane Room)

Salado Historical Society
Salado Historical Society
PO Box 251
Salado, Texas, 76571

Sons of the American Revolution
Heart of Texas Chapter Heart of Texas Chapter

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Major Robert M. White Camp #1250
Location: Cotton Patch Cafe, Temple Mall

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bell County, Texas. Page 659 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  3. Belton, TX Courthouse Fire, Mar 1891