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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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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.  
 
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.  
  
{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}<br><br><br><br>  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
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== County Information ==
 
== County Information ==
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==== Description ==== 
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The county was named for J. Dickens, who died at the Battle of the Alamo. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Dickens County, Texas," in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickens_County,_Texas.'' accessed 07/30/2019</ref> 
  
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/court_history.htm History of Courthouse]  
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[http://sites.rootsweb.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  
 
[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  
 
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'''County Clerk'''<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531<br>  
 
'''County Clerk'''<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531<br>  
 
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'''District Clerk'''<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531  
 
'''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]  
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[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txdicken/jail.htm Dickens County Jail]  
  
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====Dickens County, Texas Record Dates====
  
==== Dickens County, Texas Record Dates ====
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dickens County, Texas . Page 658-677 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Dickens County, Texas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Dickens County, Texas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Dickens County, Texas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Dickens County, Texas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Dickens County, Texas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Dickens County, Texas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Dickens County, Texas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1891
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate |Probate]]'''
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.</center>
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
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== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
  
==== Populated Places ====
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==== Populated Places ====
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://Texas.hometownlocator.com/tx/DeWitt Hometown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "DeWitt County, Texas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeWitt_County,_Texas,
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accessed 3 April 2019.</ref>
  
[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]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickens,_Texas Dickens] (county seat)</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McAdoo,_Texas McAdoo]</div>
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==== Ghost Towns  ====
 
==== Ghost Towns  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== 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]]  
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[[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>
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial FindAGrave] 
| width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|427769|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Texas/Dickens-County?id=county_2582 FindAGrave]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/dickens-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Findagrave.com]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Dickens+County&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/dickens.html Tombstone Project]
| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Dickens+County&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
 
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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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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search# BillionGraves (name)]  
[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Dickens/ListDickens.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" |  
 
[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/dickens/dicktoc.htm GenWeb Archives]  
[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/dickens/dickens-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" |  
 
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery BillionGraves]
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=63 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txdicken/cemeteries.htm TXGenWeb]
[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Dickens/ListDickens.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22638&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=6&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
| bgcolor="#eddffb" | <br>
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/dickens.htm Interment]
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| colspan="3" | See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.  
 
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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  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth61098/m1/1/ A History of Dickens County] by Fred Arrington 1971  
 
*[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  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.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.  
 
*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
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*[http://usgenwebsites.org/TXDickens/familytrees.htm Surnames] of Dickens County
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[[Image:Txdickens.jpg|400px|Txdickens.jpg]]
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{{TX Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{TX Dickens County}}}}
  
*Maps of [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/map.htm Dickens County]  
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*Maps of [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txdicken/map.htm Dickens County]  
 
*[http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Afton&state=TX Afton, Texas]  
 
*[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=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]  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*'''1838-1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $  
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*'''1838 - 1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] 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] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txdicken/military/veterans.htm  Veterans of Dickens County]
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/confederate.htm Civil War Veterans]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txdicken/military/goldstar.htm Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice]
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/conf_history.htm Biographies of Civil War Veterans]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/veterans.htm Veterans of Dickens County]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/goldstar.htm Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice]
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*'''1845 - 1848''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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=====Civil War=====
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index 
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txdicken/military/confederate.htm Civil War Veterans]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txdicken/military/conf_history.htm Biographies of Civil War Veterans]
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=====World War I=====
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*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Dickens}}  
 
{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Dickens}}  
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/newspaper/history.htmClippings from old Newspapers]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txdicken/newspaper/history.htm  Clippings from old Newspapers]  
 
*[http://www.thetexasspur.com/ The Texas Spur]
 
*[http://www.thetexasspur.com/ The Texas Spur]
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/alpha.htm Burial&nbsp;list with Obituaries]
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txdicken/alpha.htm Burial&nbsp;list with Obituaries]
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''  
 
'''Online Probate Records'''  
  
*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records 1800-2000] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $  
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — images
*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records 1800-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
  
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*'''1802-2010''' [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=texas%2ctx Texas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''1814-1909 and 1966-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
*'''1814-1909 and 1966-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
*'''1837-1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages] - FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837-1965''' {{RecordSearch|1803985|Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1837-1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index - FamilySearch records collection
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*'''1837-1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681052|Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1837-1977''' {{RecordSearch|1803987|Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages] - FamilySearch record collection
 
*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages] - FamilySearch record collection
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''  
 
''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.  
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*'''1890-1976''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records [with images]] 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.
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*'''1903-1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] index  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxdicken/records/death_records.htm Death Records 1902-1917, Dickens County, Texas]&nbsp; -&nbsp; TXGenWeb Project<br>
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*'''1903-1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxdicken/records/deathrec_book2.htm Death Records Book 1910-1915, Dickens County, Texas]&nbsp; - TXGenWeb Project<br>
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*'''1964-1984''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/dickens/vitals/deaths/ Death Records in Dickens County Archives]&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>
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*'''1964-1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/dickens/vitals/deaths/ Death Records in Dickens County Archives]&nbsp; - TXGenWeb Project<br>  
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*'''1977-1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
*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?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
 
  
 
===== Divo[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm rce]  =====
 
===== 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  
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*'''1968-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records] (index) Hidden Ancestors  
*1968-2010 {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
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*'''1968-2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index}} 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 $
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*'''1968-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}  
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txdicken/index1.htm  Dicken County TXGenWeb]
 
*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project] -&nbsp; May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
 
*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project] -&nbsp; May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  

Revision as of 13:11, 8 November 2019

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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Dickens County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded March 17, 1892
County Seat Dickens
Courthouse
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Address Dickens County Courthouse
PO Box 179
Dickens, TX 79229
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for J. Dickens, who died at the Battle of the Alamo. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Dickens County Courthouse
PO Box 179
Dickens, TX 79229
Phone: 806.623.5531

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, divorce, probate and land records form 1891[2]


History of Courthouse

Dickens County Courthouse
P.O. Box 120
Dickens, Texas 79229
Phone: 806-623-5531

County Clerk
P.O. Box 120
Dickens, Texas 79229
Phone: 806-623-5531


District Clerk
P.O. Box 120
Dickens, Texas 79229
Phone: 806-623-5531

Dickens County Jail



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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1891 1891 1891 1891 1891 1891 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.


History[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Dickens County was formed from Bexar, Young, Baylor and Crosby Territories. [4]
Created August 21, 1876 and organized February 9, 1891 from Crosby County.
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.
Dickens became the County seat from March 17, 1892 to present.

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]

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
Unincorporated communities


Ghost Towns[edit | edit source]

Draper | Espuela | Gilpin | Glenn

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Cottle  • Crosby  • Floyd  • Garza  • Kent  • King  • Motley  • Stonewall

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]

Churches[edit | edit source]

  • Bethel Baptist Church, 519 N. Williams, Spur
  • Church of Christ W. Hwy 70, Spur
  • Church of Christ E. Hwy 70, Spur
  • Community Bible Chapel  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[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 Dickens 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]

Floyd CountyMotley CountyCottle CountyKing CountyStonewall CountyKent CountyGarza CountyCrosby CountyTX DICKENS.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 Dickens 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]

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]

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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Dickens County, Texas," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickens_County,_Texas. accessed 07/30/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dickens County, Texas. Page 662 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dickens 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, "DeWitt County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeWitt_County,_Texas, accessed 3 April 2019.