Search For Your Ancestors in Historical Documents




Ellis County, Texas

Ellis County

Ellis County was created on December 20, 1849 from Navarro County. This county was named for Richard Ellis (1781–1846), president of the convention that produced the Texas Declaration of Independence .

The Ellis County Seat is located in Waxahachie also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Ellis County are Dallas County (north), Kaufman County (northeast), Henderson County (east), Navarro County (southeast), Hill County (southwest), Johnson County (west), Tarrant County (northwest) .

Cities and towns located in Ellis County include Bardwell, Cedar Hill, Ennis, Ferris, Grand Prairie, Glenn Heights, Mansfield, Maypearl, Midlothian, Ovilla, Pecan Hill, Red Oak, Waxahachie, Lancaster, Alma, Garrett, Italy, Milford, Oak Leaf, Palmer, Venus.

Ellis 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 Ellis 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.

Ellis County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Ellis Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ellis Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ellis Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860.

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

Ellis County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Ellis County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Ellis 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 Ellis 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 Ellis County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this 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.
  • Ellis County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 250, Waxahachie 75168
  • Ellis 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: (972) 923-5070
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1845
    • Probate Records: 1850 
    • Court Records: 1850
  • Ellis County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Ellis County Links

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

Ellis Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Ellis Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Ellis Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Ellis Co. TX Census Records

Ellis Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Ellis Co. TX Church & Bible Records

Ellis Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Ellis Co. TX General and History Websites

Ellis Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Ellis Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ellis Co. TX Military Records

Copyright © 2014,