Smith County, Texas Genealogy

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Smith County, Texas
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Founded April 11, 1846
County Seat Tyler
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for James Smith, a general during the Texas Revolution. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Smith County Courthouse
100 N Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75702-1018
Phone: 903.535.0630 

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1848, probate records from 1847,
court and land records from 1846[2]

County Clerk

200 East Ferguson Ste. 300
Tyler 75702
Phone: 903-590-4670

District Clerk

100 N. Broadway Rm 204
Tyler 75702
Phone: 903-590-1660

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1846 1903 1846 1846 1847 1829
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1846--Smith County was created 11 April 1846 from Nacogdoches County.

  • County seat: Tyler [4]

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]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Cherokee  • Gregg  • Henderson  • Rusk  • Upshur  • Van Zandt  • Wood

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
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Interment
Names in Stone FamilySearch Places
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
Source: "".
  • 1850 Census ~ transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1850 and 1860 Federal Censuses, Smith County, TX ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  • 1860 Census ~ transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1870 Census ~ transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society and USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1870 Federal Census, Smith County, TX ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  • 1880 Census ~ transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1880 Smith County, Texas U. S. Census Index for 1880 & 1880 Mortality Schedule ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society 
  • 1890 Tax Record Abstract, Smith County, TX [census substitute] ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  • 1900 Census ~ transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1900, 1910, 1920 Smith County, Texas, U. S. Census Indexes: 1900, 1910 & 1920 ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  • 1910 Census ~ transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1920 Census ~ transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1930 Census ~ transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1930 Smith County, Texas U. S. Census Indexes for 1930 ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society

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

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

  • 1846-1909 Affidavits of Death and Heirship ~ transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1847-1857 Abstract District Court Minutes Smith County ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Smith 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.

  • Chronological History of Smith County, 1983 compiled by Donald W. Whisenhut for the Smith County Historical Society
  • A History of Tyler and Smith County, 1948 by Albert Woldert.  Read the book on line from The Portal to Texas History.
  • Tyler & Smith County, Texas: An Historical Survey, 1978 by Robert W. Glover. Read the book online from The Portal to Texas History.
  • Historical Atlas of Smith County, 1965
  • A History of Smith County, Texas, North Texas State Teachers College Thesis by William R. Ward, 1944, overview of the history of Smith County. Read the thesis online from The Portal to Texas History.
  • The Bullard Area-Its History and People, 1800–1977 by the Bullard Community Library Commission.
  • Smith County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Some Biographies of Old Settlers  ~  excerpts from publication  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • A History of Smith County  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Maps[edit | edit source]

Van Zandt CountyWood CountyHenderson CountyAnderson CountyCherokee CountyUpshur CountyRusk CountyGregg CountyTX SMITH.PNG
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Military[edit | edit source]

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

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Home Town News  -  Texas Newspaper Index with links
  • Newslink  -  Texas Newspaper List (sorted by publication frequency)
  • The Olden Times   -   Historic Texas News Online
  • Texas Digital Newspaper Program at The Portal to Texas History
  • Boomtown, Bridge and Baseball - The Troup Banner, 1928-1939 Troup, Smith County, Texas ~ book ~ Abstracted and Compiled by Judy Womack for East Texas Genealogical Society
  • Obituaries Recorded in Lindale News & Troup Banner, Smith County, Texas ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  • Obituaries Recorded in Tyler, Texas Newspapers 1905-1915 ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Sociiety

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

  • Obituary Resources ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~  Hidden Ancestors
  • USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project  ~  Texas
  • Afrigeneas ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources
  • Obituary Depot  ~  Texas Newspaper Citations
  • Obituary Project ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Obituary Daily Times  ~  Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function
  • Obituaries from the Lindale News and the Troup Banner, Smith County, Texas by Lorene West Conaway ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  • Obituaries from Tyler newspapers, Smith County, Texas, 1905-1915 by Lorene West Conaway and Ruby Renfro Neilson ~ East Texas Genealogical Society

Probate[edit | edit source]

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 Indexes and Records

Schools[edit | edit source]

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.

  • 1890 Tax Record Abstract, Smith County, TX ~ East Texas Genealogical Society

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.

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]

Smith County Historical Society
125 South College Ave.
Tyler TX 75702
Telephone Number: 903-592-5993
Fax: 903-526-0924

East Texas Genealogical Society
PO Box 6967
Tyler TX 75711-6967

Tyler Public Library
201 S College Ave
Tyler, TX 75702
Telephone Number: 903-593-7323
Library Catalog

Whitehouse Community Library
107 Bascom Rd
Whitehouse, TX 75791
Telephone Number: 903-839-2949

Cameron-J Jarvis Troup Municipal Library
102 S Georgia
PO Box 721
Troup, TX 75789
Telephone Number: 903-842-3101
Library Catalog

Lillie Russell Memorial Library
200 E Hubbard St
Lindale, TX 75771
Telephone Number: 903-882-1900

Bullard Community Library
211 W Main St
Bullard, TX 75757
Telephone Number: 903-894-6125

Noonday Community Library
16662 CR 196
Tyler, TX 75703
Telephone Number: 903-939-0540

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

\*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[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Smith, Texas" in ",_Texas. accessed 11/26/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Smith County, Texas. Page 673 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Smith 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, "Smith County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Texas, Last accessed 22 August 2019.