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Brown County, Texas

Brown County

Brown County was created on August 27, 1856 (organized May 1858) from Travis County and Non-County Area . This county was named for Henry Stevenson Brown, a commander at the Battle of Velasco.

The Brown County Seat is located in Brownwood also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Brown County are Eastland County (north), Comanche County (northeast), Mills County (southeast), San Saba County (south), McCulloch County (southwest), Coleman County (west), Callahan County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Brown County include Bangs, Blanket, Brownwood, Early.

Brown 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 Brown 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.

Brown County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Brown County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Brown County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Brown County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Brown County court, probate, and land documents as a source of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Texas courthouses and archives everywhere are the aspirations and worries of many Texas citizens.

The chances are excellent that your particular forefathers have left a detailed record of at least a number of elements of their lives in the Brown County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The following facts denotes exactly what death, marriage, birth, land, probate, and legal records will be in Brown County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this county. Some early records  prior to organization on May 1858 may be located in Coryell County

I highly recommend you get in touch with the clerk's office to validate hours, mailing address, fees and other facts prior to visiting or asking for information because of sometimes changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are accessible to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A good number of workers will aid persons in obtaining the resources, however it's up to the man or women to do the research.
  • Brown County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 200 South Broadway, Brownwood 76801
  • Brown 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: (325) 643-2594
    • Birth & Death Records: 1900
    • Marriage Records: 1880
    • Land Records: 1836
    • Probate Records: 1880 
    • Court Records: 1884
  • Brown County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Brown County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relating to Brown County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a payment. This is basically a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to present your own most liked Brown County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Brown Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Brown Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Brown Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Brown Co. TX Census Records

Brown Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Brown Co. TX Church & Bible Records

Brown Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Brown Co. TX General and History Websites

Brown Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Brown Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Brown Co. TX Military Records

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