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Texas, Eastland County Records, 1868-1949
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Eastland, Texas, 
United States
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Location of Eastland County, Texas
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1868-1949
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes the following types of court records:

  • Naturalization certificates
  • Petitions
  • Declarations of intent
  • Civil proceedings
  • Indexes to Civil proceedings

The early volumes are handwritten in book format. Later records are handwritten or typed on blank pages or pre-printed forms. This collection covers the years 1868 to 1949.

Counties generally begin recording court proceedings as soon as the court is organized. Court records are made as a permanent record of the court proceedings. Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. The counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship.

Information that was current at the time the record was made are usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors.


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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Texas, Eastland County Records, 1868-1949.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Civil and criminal proceedings

  • Names of interested parties
  • Names of jurors
  • Names of witnesses
  • Proceeding dates
  • Name and title of presiding officer

The Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions

  • Name
  • Arrival date
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Race
  • Last foreign residence
  • Current residence
  • Arrival place
  • Names of witnesses
  • Signature of judge or court official

Naturalization proceedings after 1906

  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Maiden name of wife
  • Birth date of spouse
  • Residence of spouse
  • Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Records Record Types Years
District Court Civil case 1874-1930
District Court Civil case unnumbered 1876-1920
District Court Civil minutes 1882-1947
District Court General index to civil minutes 1936-1949
District Court Index to Civil minutes 1890-1935
Naturalization Certificates 1884-1928
Naturalization Citizenship petitions granted 1930-1939
Naturalization Declaration of intent 1888-1932
Naturalization Petition for citizenship 1886-1938
Naturalization Petition for naturalization 1868-1926
Naturalization Record of declarations 1875-1896

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