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Rusk County, Texas
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Rusk County, Texas Facts

Rusk County

When was Rusk County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on January 16, 1843 from Nacogdoches County. This county was named for Thomas Jefferson Rusk (1803–1857), a general in the Texas Revolution .

What is the County Seat of Rusk County, TX?
The County Seat is located in Henderson also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Rusk County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Gregg County (north), Harrison County (northeast), Panola County (east), Shelby County (southeast), Nacogdoches County (south), Cherokee County (southwest), Smith County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Rusk County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Easton, Henderson, Kilgore, Mount Enterprise, New London, Overton, Reklaw , Tatum.

Rusk County, TX Vital Records

Where can find Rusk County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Rusk 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 Rusk 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.

Rusk County, TX Census Records

What Rusk County, TX census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Rusk County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Rusk Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Rusk Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Rusk Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860.

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.

Rusk County, TX Courthouse and Government Records

Rusk County Courthouse

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

  • Rusk County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 758, Henderson 75653
  • Rusk 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) 657-0330
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1843
    • Land Records: 1843
    • Probate Records: 1847
    • Court Records: 1859
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Rusk County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Rusk Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Rusk Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Rusk Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Rusk Co. TX General and History Websites

Rusk Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Rusk Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Rusk Co. TX Military Records

Rusk Co. TX Schools & Directories

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