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Dawson County, Texas Facts

Dawson County

When was Dawson County, TX Created?
Allen 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.

What is the County Seat of Dawson County, TX?
The County Seat is located in Lamesa also, the county government website is www.co.dawson.tx.us.

What counties are adjacent to Dawson County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Lynn County (north), Borden County (east), Martin County (south), Gaines County (west), Terry County (northwest) .

What cities and towns are in Dawson County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Ackerly, Lamesa, Los Ybanez, O'Donnell.


Dawson County, TX Vital Records

Where can find Dawson County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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, TX Census Records

What Dawson County, TX census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Dawson County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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.

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.


Dawson County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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


Dawson County, TX Courthouse and Government Records


Dawson County Courthouse

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

  • 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
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

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

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

Dawson Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Dawson Co. TX Cemeteries & Church 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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