Runnels County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Runnels County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Runnels County Courthouse
613 Hutchings Avenue
Ballinger, TX 76821
Phone: 325-365-2633

County Clerk - Elesa Ocker
First floor of Courhouse - Room 106
Box 189
Ballinger, TX 76821
Phone: 325-365-2720
Fax: 325-365-3408

Runnels County Government Website

Runnels County Courthouse
PO Box 189
Ballinger, Texas 76821
Phone: 915.365.2720

County Clerk has birth, death and court records from 1903,
marriage, probate and land records from 1880, military
discharge records from 1918 and school census records
1925-1970; District Clerk has divorce records[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The first white settler arrived in 1862.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1858--Runnels County was created 1 February 1858 from Bexar Land District and Travis County. County seat: Ballinger [2]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

See an interactive map of Runnels County boundary changes.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Ballinger | Miles | Norton | Rowena | Wingate | Winters

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Family History Library


Names in Stone


Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Cemeteries of Texas

Names in Stone

See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources[edit | edit source]

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 980
1890 3,193 225.8%
1900 5,379 68.5%
1910 20,858 287.8%
1920 17,074 −18.1%
1930 21,821 27.8%
1940 18,903 −13.4%
1950 16,771 −11.3%
1960 15,016 −10.5%
1970 12,108 −19.4%
1980 11,872 −1.9%
1990 11,294 −4.9%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.


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 Runnels 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.

  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

  • Soldiers of WWII  ~  Runnels County TXGenWeb
  • Military Resources ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Fallen Heroes  ~  Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Honoring Our Veterans ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Runnels 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.

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.

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1858 County Formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town  Sources
1880 First Census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1880 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1880 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1880 No significant boundry changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990 
1880 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1881 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1903 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Carnegie Library Of Ballinger
204 N 8th St
Ballinger, TX 76821
Phone: (325) 365-3616

Winters Public Library
120 N Main St
Winters, TX 79567
Phone: (325) 754-4251

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

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

  • Runnels County TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • Hidden Ancestors  Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.

Family History Library Catalog

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Runnels County, Texas. Page 672 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).