Wise County, Texas
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Wise County

Wise 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.

The Wise County Seat is located in Decatur also, the county government website is www.co.wise.tx.us/.

Areas bordering to Wise County are Montague County (north), Cooke County (northeast), Denton County (east), Tarrant County (southeast), Parker County (south), Jack County (west).

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

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 consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found 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.

One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Wise County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Wise County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Wise 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 Wise 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 Wise County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this county. Courthouse and many county records were destroyed by fire.

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.
  • 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
  • Wise County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Wise County Links

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

Wise Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Wise Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Wise Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Wise Co. TX Census Records

Wise Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Wise Co. TX Church & Bible 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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