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Donley County, Texas

Donley County

Donley County was created on August 21, 1876 (organized on March 22, 1882) from Young Territory. This county was named for Stockton P. Donley, a frontier lawyer and Texas Supreme Court justice.

The Donley County Seat is located in Clarendon also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Donley County are Gray County (north), Collingsworth County (east), Hall County (south), Briscoe County (southwest), Armstrong County (west).

Cities and towns located in Donley County include Clarendon, Hedley, Howardwick.

Donley 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 Donley 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.

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

Donley Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1880. Donley Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1880. Donley Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890.

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

Donley County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Donley County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Donley 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 Donley 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 Donley 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 22, 1882 may be located in Clay County and Wheeler 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.
  • Donley County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Drawer U, Clarendon 79226
  • Donley 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) 874-3436
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1882
    • Land Records: 1882
    • Probate Records: 1882
    • Court Records: 1882
  • Donley County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Donley County Links

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

Donley Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Donley Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Donley Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Donley Co. TX Census Records

Donley Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Donley Co. TX Church & Bible Records

Donley Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Donley Co. TX General and History Websites

Donley Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Donley Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Donley Co. TX Military Records

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