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Wise County, Texas
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Wise County, Texas Facts

Wise County

When was Wise County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on January 23, 1856 from Cooke County. This county was named for Henry Alexander Wise, the U.S. Congressman and future thirty-eighth governor of Virginia (1856–1860) who supported the annexation of Texas.

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

What counties are adjacent to Wise County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Montague County (north), Cooke County (northeast), Denton County (east), Tarrant County (southeast), Parker County (south), Jack County (west).

What cities and towns are in Wise County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Alvord, Aurora, Boyd, Bridgeport, Chico, Decatur, Lake Bridgeport, New Fairview, Newark , Paradise, Rhome, Runaway Bay.

Wise County, TX Vital Records

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

Wise County, TX Census Records

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

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

Wise County, TX Courthouse and Government Records

Wise County Courthouse

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

  • Wise County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 359, Decatur 76234
  • Wise 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: (940) 627-3351
    • Birth & Death Records: 1870 for Birth; 1903 for death
    • Marriage Records: 1881
    • Land Records:1856
    • Probate Records: 1882
    • Court Records:1882
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Wise County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Wise Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Wise Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Wise Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Wise Co. TX General and History Websites

Wise Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Wise Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Wise Co. TX Military Records

Wise Co. TX Schools & Directories

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