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Guide to El Paso 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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El Paso County, Texas
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Founded 3 January, 1850
County Seat El Paso
Courthouse
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Address El Paso County Courthouse
500 E San Antonio Street
El Paso, TX 79901-2421
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for "El Paso del Norte", which is Spanish for "The Pass of the North". It is named for the pass the Rio Grande creates through the mountains on either side of the river. The County is located in the west-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

El Paso County Courthouse
500 E San Antonio Street
El Paso, TX 79901-2421
Phone: 915.546.2071

County Clerk has birth, death, and burial records from 1903,
marriage records from 1880, military discharge records
from 1919, probate and land records[2]


Seven courthouses have been the home of El Paso County Government. The first courthouse was built at San Elizario in 1850. When Ysleta became the county seat, a second courthouse was built, 1866. Two additional courthouses were built at Ysleta in 1871 and 1882. A three-story Second Empire style courthouse was built at El Paso in 1886; it was torn down in 1918. In 1917, a Classic Revival style courthouse was built; it was extensively remodeled in 1955, and then demolished in 1992. El Paso County's current courthouse, a glass and steel structure opened in 1991. [3]

El Paso County Courthouse
County Clerk's Office website
500 E. San Antonio, Suite 105
El Paso, Texas 79901
(915) 546-2071
Fax (915) 546-2012 Main Office
Fax (915) 543-3806 Vital Records Department

District Clerk

500 E. San Antonio St. Rm. 103
El Paso 79901-2489
Phone: 915-546-2021


El Paso County Government website


El Paso County, Texas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1884 1903 1884 1884 1884 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.


History[edit | edit source]

El Paso County is located in the far south western corner of Texas where the states of New Mexico and Texas, and the country of Mexico meet.

El Paso is presently its largest city.  Across the Rio Grande is Chihuahua's largest city, Ciudad Juarez.  Today it is a major international port of entry, and from its earliest days has been a significant customs and immigrations checkpoint between the United States and Mexico.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1850-- El Paso County was created 3 January 1850 from Bexar Land District.

County seats:

  1. 1850-1866- San Elizario
  2. 1866-1868- Ysleta
  3. 1868-1873- San Elizario
  4. 1873-1883- Ysleta
  5. 1883-present- El Paso [5] [6]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

1912 - Culberson County created from eastern portion of El Paso County.

1917 - Hudspeth County created from eastern portion of El Paso County.

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:[7]

Cities
Towns
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Dona Ana County, New Mexico  • Hudspeth  • Otero County, New Mexico

Resources[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 Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

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.


Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • El Paso
  • El Paso Dist
  • Emery

Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[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 El Paso 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.

  • The City and county of El Paso, Texas : containing useful and reliable information concerning the future great metropolis of the Southwest ... 1886, El Paso Bureau of Information. Digital book online from archive.org.
  • The Land Where We Live: El Paso del Norte, 1973, by Conrey Bryson.
  • Pass of the North: Four Centuries on the Rio Grande, 2 vols., 1968, 1980, by Charles Leland Sonnichsen.
  • El Paso: A Borderlands History, 1990, by W. H. Timmons.
  • Souvenir of the city of El Paso, Texas. Photo-gravures.  Digital book online at archive.org.
  • San Elizario, 1973, by Eugene O. Porter.
  • The El Paso Salt War, 1877, published in 1957 by Charles Leland Sonnichsen. Digital book on line at archive.org.
  • Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., 1901by W. W. Mills  Digital book online at The Portal to Texas History.
  • El Paso County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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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 El Paso County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • El Paso Herald, selected issues on line 1910-1914 from the Portal to Texas History.

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 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]

El Paso Genealogical Society
501 North Oregon
El Paso, Texas 79902
Telephone Number: 915-543-5440
Facebook

El Paso County Historical Society
603 Yandell Drive
El Paso, TX 79940
Telephone Number: 915-533-3603
website

El Paso Medical Heritage Foundation Museum
1301 Montana
El Paso, TX 79902
Telephone Number: 915- 533-0940

El Paso Museum of History
510 N. Santa Fe
El Paso, TX 79901
Telephone Number: 915-351-3588
website

San Elizario Gen. And Historical Society
1521 San Elizario Rd.
San Elizario, Texas
Telephone Number: 915-851-1682
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]

  • El Paso County TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county
  • 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, "El Paso County, Texas," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Paso_County,_Texas. accessed 08/08/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), El Paso County, Texas. Page 663 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. HistoricTexas.net: El Paso County http://www3.historictexas.net/el-paso-county-texas
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), El Paso 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.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Handbook of Texas Online: El Paso County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hce05
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "El Paso County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Paso_County,_Texas, accessed 4 April 2019.

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