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Dawson County, Texas

Dawson County

Dawson County was created on February 1, 1858 (organized on March 20, 1905) from Young Territory (there was a Old Dawson County formed February 1, 1858 from Kinney County, Maverick County and Uvalde County. Divided between Kinney County and Uvalde County on 05 October 5, 1866). This county was named for Nicholas Mosby Dawson, a soldier of the Texan Revolution and victim of the Dawson Massacre.

The Dawson County Seat is located in Lamesa also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Dawson County are Lynn County (north), Borden County (east), Martin County (south), Gaines County (west), Terry County (northwest) .

Cities and towns located in Dawson County include Ackerly, Lamesa, Los Ybanez, O'Donnell.

Dawson 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 Dawson 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.

Dawson 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.

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

Dawson County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Dawson County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Dawson 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 Dawson 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 Dawson County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this county. Some early records  prior to organization on March 20, 1905 may be located in Shackelford County, Mitchell County and Howard 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.
  • Dawson County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 1268, Lamesa 79331
  • Dawson 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: (806) 872-3778
    • Birth & Death Records: 1905
    • Marriage Records: 1905
    • Land Records: 1905
    • Probate Records: 1905 
    • Court Records: 1905
  • Dawson County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Dawson County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relating to Dawson 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 Dawson County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Dawson Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Dawson Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Dawson Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Dawson Co. TX Census Records

Dawson Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Dawson Co. TX Church & Bible Records

Dawson Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Dawson Co. TX General and History Websites

Dawson Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Dawson Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Dawson Co. TX Military Records

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