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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Genealogy|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties D|Counties D]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Dickens County'' <br>  
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&lt;a href="http://www.thetexasspur.com/"&gt;The Texas Spur&lt;/a&gt;
Guide to '''Dickens 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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== County Courthouse  ==
 
 
 
[http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Dickens/Dickens-County-Courthouse.htm Dickens County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 179<br>Dickens, TX 79229<br>Phone: 806.623.5531
 
 
 
County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, divorce, probate and land records form 1891<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dickens County, Texas. Page 662 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>
 
 
 
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/court_history.htm History of Courthouse]
 
 
 
[http://www.texascourthousetrail.com/dickens/Dickens-County-Courthouse-001.htm Dickens County Courthouse]<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531
 
 
 
County Clerk<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531<br>
 
 
 
District Clerk<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531
 
 
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/jail.htm Dickens County Jail]
 
 
 
== History  ==
 
 
 
DICKENS is centrally located in DICKENS COUNTY, eight miles below the escarpment of the Llano Estacado (below the Caprock). It was a ranch supply point for an area where the first settlements were dugouts used as cowboy line camps for the Spur, Pitchfork, and Matador Ranches. In 1886 there was a camp near the present townsite and by 1889 Dickens was settled. The town became the county seat shortly after the county was organized and by 1893 had a post office, wagon yard, hotel, courthouse, saloon, blacksmith shop and a barber shop. The school was in a dugout on the courthouse square. Preaching was also held in the dugout.
 
 
 
In 1890 the county had a population of 195 and most of the people lived in and around Dickens. Soon after 1900, Dickens had a population of 600, the most it has ever had. There was a decline before World War II but when the boys came back home the town took a new growth with the building of new homes and businesses. This lasted for a few years with another downward surge following. In 1964 the town was voted wet and a new upward surge began with a population of 430. Highway 82 runs through the center of Dickens and has helped the town's businesses do well. As of 1997 the town shows another decline with population around 325.
 
 
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
 
 
Dickens County was formed from [[Bexar County, Texas Genealogy|Bexar]], [[Young County, Texas Genealogy|Young]], [[Baylor County, Texas Genealogy|Baylor]] and [[Crosby County, Texas Genealogy|Crosby]] Territories. <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,''10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><br>Created August 21, 1876 and organized February 9, 1891 from Crosby County.<br>Named in honor of J. Dickens, who died in the siege of the Alamo.
 
 
 
Espuela was the first County seat temporarily from April 2, 1891 to March 17, 1892.<br>Dickens became the County seat from March 17, 1892 to present.
 
 
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
 
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
 
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
 
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
 
 
[http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGhostTowns/Afton-Texas.htm Afton] | [http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Dickens/Dickens_Texas.htm Dickens] | [http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasTowns/McAdoo-Texas.htm McAdoo] | [http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasPanhandleTowns/SpurTexas/SpurTexas.htm Spur]
 
 
 
==== Ghost Towns  ====
 
 
 
[http://roadsidethoughts.com/tx/draper-xx-dickens-profile.htm Draper] | [http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasTowns/Espuela-Texas.htm Espuela] | [http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasTowns/Gilpin-Texas.htm Gilpin] | [http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasTowns/Glenn-Texas.htm Glenn]
 
 
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
 
 
[[Cottle County, Texas Genealogy|Cottle]] {{•}} [[Crosby County, Texas Genealogy|Crosby]] {{•}} [[Floyd County, Texas Genealogy|Floyd]] {{•}} [[Garza County, Texas Genealogy|Garza]] {{•}} [[Kent County, Texas Genealogy|Kent]] {{•}} [[King County, Texas Genealogy|King]] {{•}} [[Motley County, Texas Genealogy|Motley]] {{•}} [[Stonewall County, Texas Genealogy|Stonewall]]
 
 
 
<center>{{TX Dickens County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
 
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
 
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
 
 
 
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Findagrave.com]
 
 
 
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2582 Findagrave.com ]
 
 
 
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[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]
 
 
 
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
 
 
 
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]
 
 
 
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]
 
 
 
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
 
 
 
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Dickens/ListDickens.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
 
 
 
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
 
 
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/cemetery/amity.htm Amity Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/afton/cemetery.htm Afton Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/dickens/burial.htm Dickens Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/espuela/cemetery.htm Espuela Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/cemetery/mccarty_thomas.html Glass Ranch Burial]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/mcadoo/cemetery1.htm McAdoo Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/redmud/burial.htm Red Mud Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/spur/spurcem.htm Spur Memorial Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/cemetery/steelhill.htm Steele Hill Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/cemetery/woodward_durward_louise.html Woodward Ranch Burial]
 
*[http://historictexascemeteries.com/dickens/dickens-county-cemeteries Dickens County Cemeteries] maps, transcriptions, information
 
 
 
==== Census  ====
 
 
 
==== Churches  ====
 
 
 
*Bethel Baptist Church, 519 N. Williams, Spur
 
*Church of Christ W. Hwy 70, Spur
 
*Church of Christ E. Hwy 70, Spur
 
*Community Bible Chapel &nbsp;209 E. Third, Spur
 
*Dickens Baptist Church, 1022 Fourth, Dickens
 
*Dickens Bible Church of the Nazarene, Afton
 
*First Assembly of God Church, third and Cowan, Spur
 
*First Baptist Church 120 W. Second, Spur
 
*First Christian Church, 610 N. Burlington, Spur
 
*First United Methodist Church, 528 N. Burlington, Spur
 
*Independent Christian Churches, 507 N. Willard, Spur
 
*Lakeside Baptist Church, S. Parker, Spur
 
*St. Mary's Catholic Church, E. Sixth, Spur
 
 
 
==== Court  ====
 
 
 
==== Land  ====
 
 
 
{{TX Land}}
 
 
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
 
 
{{TX County Histories}}
 
 
 
*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth61098/m1/1/ A History of Dickens County] by Fred Arrington 1971
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/historybook/intro.html Dickens County, Its Land and People] by Dickens County Historical Commission 1986
 
*The Spurs, W.J. "Scotch Bill" Elliott published by The Spur Newspaper, 1939. &nbsp;Stories of the ranch land of the Spur Headquarters Ranch and Espuela Land and Cattle Company.
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/familytrees.htm Surnames] of Dickens County
 
 
 
==== Maps  ====
 
 
 
[[Image:Txdickens.jpg|600px|Txdickens.jpg]]
 
 
 
*Maps of [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/map.htm Dickens County]
 
*[http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Afton&state=TX Afton, Texas]
 
*[http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Dickens,+Texas&bav=on.1,or.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Dickens,+TX&gl=us&ei=yq9mTdX9EoaKlwetqpz_AQ&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CB0Q8gEwAA Dickens, Texas]
 
*[http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=McAdoo,+Texas&bav=on.1,or.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=McAdoo,+TX&gl=us&ei=ELRmTbLeKMLFgAf0npXLCg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBYQ8gEwAA McAdoo, Texas]
 
*[http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Spur,+Texas&bav=on.1,or.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Spur,+TX&gl=us&ei=3LNmTd_kGYXagAf2q8jLCg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBMQ8gEwAA Spur, Texas]
 
 
 
==== Military  ====
 
*1838 - 1900 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
 
*1845 - 1848 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/confederate.htm Civil War Veterans]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/conf_history.htm Biographies of Civil War Veterans]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/veterans.htm Veterans of Dickens County]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/goldstar.htm Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice]
 
 
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
 
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/alpha.htm Burial&nbsp;list with Obituaries]
 
 
 
==== Probate  ====
 
 
 
{{TX Probate Intro}}
 
 
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
 
 
{{TX Tax Intro}}
 
 
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Taxes, Wills and probate]&nbsp;&nbsp;(subscription)
 
 
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
 
 
{{TX Vital Intro}}
 
 
 
===== Birth  =====
 
 
 
''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
 
 
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index)-&nbsp; FamilySearch<br>
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch<br>
 
 
 
''Original Birth Records on Microfilm''
 
 
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
 
 
''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
 
 
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 ]&nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch records collection''<br>''
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973&nbsp;]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
 
*1814 - 1909 and 1966 - 2011 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
*1837 - 1977 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
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''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
 
 
 
===== Death  =====
 
 
 
''Online Death Indexes and Records''
 
 
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxdicken/records/death_records.htm Death Records 1902-1917, Dickens County, Texas]&nbsp; -&nbsp; TXGenWeb Project<br>
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxdicken/records/deathrec_book2.htm Death Records Book 1910-1915, Dickens County, Texas]&nbsp; - TXGenWeb Project<br>
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxdicken/records/death1917-1920.htm Death Records 1917-1920, Dickens County, Texas]&nbsp; - TXGenWeb Project<br>
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/dickens/vitals/deaths/ Death Records in Dickens County Archives]&nbsp; - TXGenWeb Project<br>
 
*1977 - 1986 {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*1903 - 1973 {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*1903 - 1982 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
 
 
 
''Original Death Records on Microfilm''
 
 
 
===== Divo[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm rce]  =====
 
 
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records 1968 - 2005]&nbsp; (index)&nbsp; -&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
 
*1968-2010 {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*1968 - 2011 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
 
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
 
 
*Dickens County Public Library<br> 401 Burlington<br> Spur, Texas <br><br>
 
*Dickens County Historical Commission<br>
 
*[http://www.spurchamber.com/dialup/dialup.html Spur Chamber of Commerce]<br><br>
 
 
 
==== Family History Centers ====
 
 
 
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
 
 
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project] -&nbsp; May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
 
 
 
== References  ==
 
 
 
<references />
 
 
 
{{Texas|Texas}}<br>
 
 
 
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[[Category:Dickens_County,_Texas]]
 

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