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Hardin County, Texas

Hardin County

Hardin County was created on January 22, 1858 from Liberty County, Tyler County and Jefferson County. This county was named for the Hardin family, earliest settlers of Liberty County.

The Hardin County Seat is located in Kountze also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Hardin County are Tyler County (north), Jasper County (east), Orange County (southeast), Jefferson County (south), Liberty County (southwest), Polk County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Hardin County include Kountze, Lumberton, Rose Hill Acres, Silsbee, Sour Lake.

Hardin 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 Hardin 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.

Hardin 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.

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

Hardin County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Hardin County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Hardin 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 Hardin 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 Hardin County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this county. Courthouse burned about August 8, 1886. Early county records were destroyed in the conflagration. Some records were destroyed including the assessment rolls of the county, surveyor's records, and the county judge's records, including the probate records. The only records that may have been saved were those that were stored in an iron safe. 

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.
  • Hardin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 38, Kountze 77625
  • Hardin 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: (409) 246-5185
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1862
    • Land Records: 1849
    • Probate Records: 1866
    • Court Records: 1879
  • Hardin County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Hardin County Links

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

Hardin Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Hardin Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hardin Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hardin Co. TX Census Records

Hardin Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hardin Co. TX Church & Bible Records

Hardin Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hardin Co. TX General and History Websites

Hardin Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Hardin Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hardin Co. TX Military Records

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