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Howard County, Texas

Howard County

Howard County was created on August 21, 1876 (organized on June 15, 1882 ) from Tom Green County and Young Territory. This county was named for Volney Eskine Howard, U.S. Representative from Texas (1849–1853) .

The Howard County Seat is located in Big Spring also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Howard County are Borden County (north), Mitchell County (east), Sterling County (southeast), Glasscock County (south), Martin County (west).

Cities and towns located in Howard County include Big Spring, Coahoma, Forsan.

Howard 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 Howard 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.

Howard 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.

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

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

Howard County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Howard County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Howard 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 Howard 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 Howard County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this county. Some early records  prior to organization on June 15, 1882 may be located in Shackelford County and Mitchell 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.
  • Howard County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 1468, Big Spring 79721
  • Howard 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: (432) 264-2213
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1882
    • Land Records: 1882
    • Probate Records: 1882 
    • Court Records: 1882
  • Howard County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Howard County Links

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

Howard Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Howard Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Howard Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Howard Co. TX Census Records

Howard Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Howard Co. TX Church & Bible Records

Howard Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Howard Co. TX General and History Websites

Howard Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Howard Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Howard Co. TX Military Records

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