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Howard County, Texas
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Howard County, Texas Facts

Howard County

When was Howard County, TX Created?
Allen 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) .

What is the County Seat of Howard County, TX?
The County Seat is located in Big Spring also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Howard County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Borden County (north), Mitchell County (east), Sterling County (southeast), Glasscock County (south), Martin County (west).

What cities and towns are in Howard County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Big Spring, Coahoma, Forsan.

Howard County, TX Vital Records

Where can find Howard County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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, TX Census Records

What Howard County, TX census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Howard County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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.

Another census resource is the Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index from 1820-1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Texas Census Records Research Guide.

Howard County, TX Courthouse and Government Records

Howard County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Howard County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Howard County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Texas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • 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
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Howard County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Howard County, TX?
A list of Howard County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Texas Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Howard County, TX Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Howard County, TX?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Howard County.

Howard Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Howard Co. TX Cemeteries & Church 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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