Polk County, Texas
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Polk County

Polk County was created on March 30, 1846 from Liberty County. This county was named for James Knox Polk, the eleventh president of the United States (1845–1849) .

The Polk County Seat is located in Livingston also, the county government website is www.co.polk.tx.us/.

Areas bordering to Polk County are Angelina County (north), Tyler County (east), Hardin County (southeast), Liberty County (south), San Jacinto County (southwest), Trinity County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Polk County include Corrigan, Goodrich, Livingston, Moscow, Onalaska, Seven Oaks.

Polk 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 Polk 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.

Polk 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.

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

Polk County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Polk County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Polk 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 Polk 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 Polk 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.
  • Polk County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Drawer 2119, Livingston 77351
  • Polk 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: (936) 327-6804
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1846
    • Land Records: 1845
    • Probate Records: 1840 
    • Court Records: 1848
  • Polk County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Polk County Links

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

Polk Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Polk Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Polk Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Polk Co. TX Census Records

Polk Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Polk Co. TX Church & Bible Records

Polk Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Polk Co. TX General and History Websites

Polk Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Polk Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Polk Co. TX Military Records

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