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Cooke County, Texas
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Cooke County, Texas Facts

Cooke County

When was Cooke County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on March 20, 1848 (organized on March 10, 1849 ) from Fannin County. This county was named for William Gordon Cooke, a soldier during the Texas Revolution .

What is the County Seat of Cooke County, TX?
The County Seat is located in Gainesville also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Cooke County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Love County, OK (north), Grayson County (east), Denton County (south), Wise County (southwest), Montague County (west).

What cities and towns are in Cooke County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Callisburg, Gainesville, Lindsay, Muenster, Oak Ridge, Valley View, Whitesboro.

Cooke County, TX Vital Records

Where can find Cooke County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Cooke 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 Cooke 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.

Cooke County, TX Census Records

What Cooke County, TX census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Cooke 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.

Cooke Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cooke Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cooke 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.

Cooke County, TX Courthouse and Government Records

Cooke County Courthouse

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

  • Cooke County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 216 W. Pecan, Gainesville 76240
  • Cooke 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: (940) 668-5420
    • Birth & Death Records: 1870 for Birth; 1903 for death
    • Marriage Records: 1854
    • Land Records: 1830
    • Probate Records: 1849 
    • Court Records: 1849
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Cooke County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Cooke Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Cooke Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Cooke Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cooke Co. TX General and History Websites

Cooke Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Cooke Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cooke Co. TX Military Records

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