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Guide to Cottle 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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Cottle County, Texas
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Facts
Founded 21 August, 1876
County Seat Paducah
Courthouse
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Address Cottle County Courthouse
PO Box 717
Paducah, TX 78248
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for George Washington Cottle, who died defending the Alamo. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Cottle County Courthouse
PO Box 717
Paducah, TX 78248
Phone: 806.492.3823


County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, probate
and court records and land records from 1892[2]



County and District Clerk

P.O. Box 717
Paducah 79248
Phone: 806-492-3832



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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1892 1892 1892 1892 1892 1892 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1876--Cottle County was created 21 August 1876 from Fannin Land District.

  • County seat: Paducah [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]

Cities
Towns
  • Chalk
  • Hackberry
Ghost towns

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

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Childress  • Dickens  • Foard  • Hall  • Hardeman  • King  • Motley

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

1865-1870 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records(images) - FamilySearch

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
Interment 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.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
188024
1890240900.0%
19001,002317.5%
19104,396338.7%
19206,90157.0%
19309,39536.1%
19407,079−24.7%
19506,099−13.8%
19604,207−31.0%
19703,204−23.8%
19802,947−8.0%
19902,247−23.8%
20001,904−15.3%
20101,505−21.0%

1880 Federal Census - transcription - USGenWeb Archives Project



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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 Cottle 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]

Hall CountyChildress CountyHardeman CountyFoard CountyKnox CountyKing CountyDickens CountyMotley CountyTX COTTLE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Texas Counties Map. Click TXGenWeb site

Military[edit | edit source]

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

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Cottle County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1005
Paducah 79248
Website

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]

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then 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, "Cottle County, Texas," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottle_County,_Texas. accessed 07/30/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cottle 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), Cottle 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, "Cottle County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottle_County,_Texas, accessed 31 March 2019.