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Smith County, Texas
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Smith County, Texas Facts

Smith County

When was Smith County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on April 11, 1846 from Nacogdoches County. This county was named for James Smith, a general during the Texas Revolution .

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

What counties are adjacent to Smith County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Wood County (north), Upshur County (northeast), Gregg County (east), Rusk County (southeast), Cherokee County (south), Henderson County (southwest), Van Zandt County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Smith County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Arp, Bullard, Hideaway, Lindale, New Chapel Hill, Noonday, Overton, Tyler, Troup, Whitehouse, Winona.

Smith County, TX Vital Records

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

Smith County, TX Census Records

What Smith County, TX census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Smith 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.

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

Smith County, TX Courthouse and Government Records

Smith County Courthouse

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

  • Smith County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 200 E. Ferguson, Suite 300, Tyler 75702
  • Smith 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) 590-4670
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1846
    • Land Records: 1846
    • Probate Records: 1846
    • Court Records: 1846
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Smith County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Smith Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Smith Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Smith Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Smith Co. TX General and History Websites

Smith Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Smith Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Smith Co. TX Military Records

Smith Co. TX Schools & Directories

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