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Bell County, Texas Facts

Bell County

When was Bell County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on January 22, 1850 from Milam County. This county was named for .

What is the County Seat of Bell County, TX?
The County Seat is located in Belton also, the county government website is www.bellcountytx.com.

What counties are adjacent to Bell County, TX?
Bordering Counties are McLennan County (north), Falls County (northeast), Milam County (southeast), Williamson County (south), Burnet County (southwest), Lampasas County (west), Coryell County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Bell County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bartlett, Belton , Copperas Cove, Fort Hood, Harker Heights, Holland, Killeen , Little River-Academy, Morgan's Point Resort, Nolanville, Rogers, Salado, Temple , Troy.


Bell County, TX Vital Records

Where can find Bell County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Bell County vital records can be found at the Texas Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records reported from 1903. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Texas for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Bell County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification Application to mail.


Bell County, TX Census Records

What Bell County, TX census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Bell County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Bell Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bell Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bell Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860.

Another census resource is the Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index from 1820-1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Texas Census Records Research Guide.


Bell County, TX Courthouse and Government Records


Bell County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Bell County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Bell County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Texas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Bell County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 480, Belton 76513
  • Bell County Clerk is the place where all transactions having to do with land are recorded and kept on file. They take marriage license applications, issues marriage licenses, files the license after the marriage, and maintains a permanent record of the marriage, surveys and plats of subdivisions, Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county. Some naturalization records have been found with the deeds.
    • Phone: (254) 933-5160
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1850
    • Probate Records: 1800 
    • Court Records: 1852
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Bell County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Bell County, TX?
A list of Bell County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Texas Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Bell County, TX Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Bell County, TX?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Bell County.

Bell Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Bell Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Bell Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bell Co. TX General and History Websites

Bell Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Bell Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bell Co. TX Military Records

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