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Grayson County, Texas

Grayson County

Grayson County was created on May 17, 1846 from Fannin County. This county was named for Peter Wagener Grayson, an attorney general of the Republic of Texas.

The Grayson County Seat is located in Sherman also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Grayson County are Marshall County, Oklahoma (north), Bryan County, Oklahoma (northeast), Fannin County (east), Collin County (south), Denton County (southwest), Cooke County (west), Love County, Oklahoma (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Grayson County include Bells, Collinsville, Denison, Dorchester, Gordonville, Gunter, Howe, Knollwood, Luella, Pottsboro, Red Branch, Sadler, Sherman, Southmayd, Tioga, Tom Bean, Van Alstyne, Whitesboro, Whitewright.

Grayson 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 Grayson 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.

Grayson 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.

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

Grayson County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Grayson County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Grayson 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 Grayson 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 Grayson County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this county. Grayson County courthouse was burned by a mob on May 9, 1930. However ALL of the vital records, land records, and most court records were saved from this fire. The courthouse had records in fire proof rooms and storage areas.

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.
  • Grayson County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 W. Houston, Ste. 17, Sherman 75090
  • Grayson 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: (903) 813-4235
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1846
    • Land Records:1846
    • Probate Records:1846 
    • Court Records:1836
  • Grayson County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Grayson County Links

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

Grayson Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Grayson Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Grayson Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Grayson Co. TX Census Records

Grayson Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Grayson Co. TX Church & Bible Records

Grayson Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Grayson Co. TX General and History Websites

Grayson Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Grayson Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Grayson Co. TX Military Records

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