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Guide to Coleman 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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Coleman County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded February 1, 1858
County Seat Coleman
Courthouse
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Address Coleman County Courthouse
100 West Liveoak Street

P.O. Box 591
Coleman, TX 76834-0591

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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Robert M. Coleman, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and soldier at the Battle of San Jacinto. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Coleman County Courthouse
100 West Liveoak Street
P.O. Box 591
Coleman, TX 76834-0591
Phone: 325-625-288

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1900,
marriage records from 1878, land records from 1849,
probate records from 1876, military records from 1918
and court records from 1977; District Court has divorce
records[2]

County Clerk

100 Live Oak St. Suite 105
Coleman 76834

District Clerk

P.O. Box 512
Coleman 76834
Phone: 325-625-2568



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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1900 1878 1900 1977 1849 1876 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

The federal highways that cross the county follow the Jingle Bob Cattle Trail and the Van Dorn Military Road, which followed old buffalo trails.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1858--Coleman County was created 1 February 1858 from Travis and Brown Counties.

  • County seat: Coleman [4]

The county was named for Robert M. Coleman (ca. 1799-1837), Indian fighter, soldier at the battle of San Jacinto and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, was born in Kentucky about 1799. He moved to Texas in 1831 and settled in what is now Bastrop County.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

See an interactive map of Coleman County boundary changes.

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
Towns
Unincorporated communities


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Brown  • Callahan  • Concho  • McCulloch  • Runnels  • Taylor

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
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves Linkpendium
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870347
18803,603938.3%
18906,11269.6%
190010,07764.9%
191022,618124.5%
192018,805−16.9%
193023,66925.9%
194020,571−13.1%
195015,503−24.6%
196012,458−19.6%
197010,288−17.4%
198010,4391.5%
19909,710−7.0%
20009,235−4.9%
20108,895−3.7%

Church[edit | edit source]

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 Coleman 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]

Taylor CountyCallahan CountyBrown CountyMcCulloch CountyConcho CountyRunnels CountyTX COLEMAN.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 Coleman 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]

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.

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[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]

Cleveland Area Genealogical Society
220 S. Bonham
Cleveland 77327
Website

Coleman Public Library
402 Commercial Ave
Coleman, TX 76834
Telephone Number: 325-625-3043
Website

Santa Anna City Library
606 Wallis Ave
Santa Anna, TX 76878
Telephone Number: 325-348-3395

Website

  • 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 and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Coleman County TXGenWeb site maps, name indexes, history and other information for Coleman County. Select the county.
  • 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, "Coleman County, Texas," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coleman_County,_Texas. accessed 07/30/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Coleman County, Texas. Page 661 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Coleman 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, "Coleman County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coleman_County,_Texas, accessed 31 March 2019.