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Guide to Jones County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Jones County, Texas
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Founded February 1, 1858
County Seat Anson
Courthouse
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Address 1100 12th St # 2,
Anson, TX 79501
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Anson Jones, the fifth president of the Republic of Texas. The County is located in the north-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Jones County Courthouse
100 Courthouse Square
PO Box 552
Anson, TX 79501
Phone: 325-823-3762

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage and land records from 1881 and probate
records from 1882; District Clerk has divorce and
court records[2]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 552
Anson 79501
Phone: 915-823-3762
Fax: 915-823-4223

District Clerk

P.O. Box 308
Anson 79501
Phone: 915-823-3731

Jones County, Texas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1881 1903 1881 1881 1882 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.


History[edit | edit source]

The earliest settlement occurred in 1851 with the establishment of Fort Phantom hill, which was abandoned in 1854 and re-established in 1872.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1858--Jones County was created 1 February 1858 from Bexar Land District and Bosque County, but was not organized until 1881. [4]

County seat: Originally, Jones City.  The town's name was changed to Anson in 1882. [5] [6]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

See an interactive map of Jones County boundary changes.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communities

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Callahan  • Fisher  • Haskell  • Nolan  • Shackelford  • Stonewall  • Taylor

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census[edit | edit source]

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Jones County, Texas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas Local Histories.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Stonewall CountyHaskell CountyShackelford CountyCallahan CountyTaylor CountyNolan CountyFisher CountyTX JONES.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Mexican-American War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Jones County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records '

Divorce[edit | edit source]


Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Anson Public Library
1137 12th St
Anson, TX 79501
Telephone Number: 325-823-2711

Stamford Carnegie Library
600 E Mcharg St
Stamford, TX 79553
Telephone Number: 325-773-2532

  • Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Jones County Archives  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Jones County  ~  TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.*FamilySearch Catalog The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

 

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Jones, Texas" in "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jones_County,_Texas. accessed 10/08/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jones County, Texas. Page 667 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jones County, Texas . Page 658-677 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 655-665.
  4. Handbook of Texas Online: Jones County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcj09
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Handbook of Texas Online: Jones County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcj09
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Jones County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jones_County,_Texas, Last accessed 22 July 2019.

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