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Gregg County, Texas Genealogy

Guide to Gregg 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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Gregg County, Texas
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Founded April 12, 1873
County Seat Longview
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County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The county was named for John Gregg, a Confederate general killed in action during the American Civil War. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

County CourthouseEdit

Gregg County Courthouse
101 E Methvin Street Suite 334;
Longview, TX 75601
Phone: 903-237-2663

County Clerk has birth, marriage, court and land records from 1873, death records from 1900 and probate records[2]


County Clerk

101 East Methvin
Longview, TX 75601
Phone: 903-758-6181

District Clerk

P.O. Box 711
Longview, TX 75606
Phone: 903-237-2663

Gregg County has had three courthouses.  The first courthouse, built in part with native sandstone from nearby Methvin Hill, was designed by F. E. Ruffini and completed in 1879.  The second courthouse was built of red brick in 1897 on the site of the 1879 courthouse.  The current courthouse was built in 1932.[3]

Gregg County Government Website

Inventory of the County Archives of Texas : Gregg County, 1940. Inventory of records housed in the Gregg County Courthouse as of 1937. Describes the records of the County Commissioners Court, County Clerk as Recorder, District Courts, County Court, Justice of the Peace Courts, Criminal District Attorney, Sheriff, Constables, Tax Assessor-Collector, Board of Equalization, County Treasurer, County Auditor, County Board of School Trustees, County School Superintendent, County Surveyor, County Health Officer, and Board of Managers of County Hospital. Digital book online from The Portal to Texas History.

Gregg County, Texas Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1873 1873 1900 1873 1873 1873 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.


HistoryEdit

1838--Settlement started around 1838.

Parent CountyEdit

1873--Gregg County was created 12 April 1873 from Rusk and Upshur Counties. The Texas legislature planned to call the new county Roanoke, but during passage of the legislation the name was changed to Gregg, in honor of Confederate war hero John B. Gregg.[5]

  • County seat: Longview [6]

Boundary ChangesEdit

1874-- Gregg County was extended southward to take in a portion of northern Rusk County by act of legislature, 30 Apr 1874.[7]

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / LocalitiesEdit

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated PlacesEdit

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:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Historic communities


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

Neighboring CountiesEdit

Harrison  • Rusk  • Smith  • Upshur

ResourcesEdit

African AmericanEdit

CemeteriesEdit

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
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

CensusEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18808,530
18909,40210.2%
190012,34331.3%
191014,14014.6%
192016,76718.6%
193015,778−5.9%
194058,027267.8%
195061,2585.6%
196069,43613.4%
197075,9299.4%
198099,48731.0%
1990104,9485.5%
2000111,3796.1%
2010121,7309.3%

ChurchEdit

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.


CourtEdit

LandEdit

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.


Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Gregg 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.

MapsEdit

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  • 1914 Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith & Trinity at www.rootsweb.com

MilitaryEdit

Mexican-American WarEdit
Civil WarEdit
World War IEdit

NewspapersEdit

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Gregg County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

ObituariesEdit

ProbateEdit

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

TaxationEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.

BirthEdit

Online Birth Indexes and Records

MarriageEdit
DeathEdit

Online Death Indexes and Records

DivorceEdit
Census RecordsEdit

Societies and LibrariesEdit

Gregg County Historical and Genealogical Society
PO Box 2985
Longview 75606-2985

East Texas Genealogical Society
PO Box 6967
Tyler, TX 75711
Website

Family History Centers
Edit

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.

WebsitesEdit

  • Gregg County, Texas GenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records
  • FamilySearch Catalog The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Gregg County, Texas," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregg_County,_Texas. accessed 08/09/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gregg County, Texas. Page 665 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Texas Escapes: Gregg County Courthouses http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Longview/Gregg-County-Courthouse-Longview-Texas.htm#1879
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gregg 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. Handbook of Texas online: Gregg County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcg10
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Handbook of Texas Online: Gregg County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcg10
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Gregg County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregg_County,_Texas, accessed 18 April 2019.