Posted By:Joan E. Rambo
Subject:Re: Hamilton Co. 1880 census lookup
Post Date:December 13, 2001 at 08:31:57
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Forum:Hamilton County, TX Genealogy Forum
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Well, a lot of records are not online, yet. A few of the GenWeb counties are putting not only their cemeteries but other records online, but not a lot of them, at this time. Hawkins Co, TN has probate records, some SouthEast states have their early BLM records online. It just varies.

Best bet for land records is to use the Family History Library Catalog on the LDS site and then go to your local Family History Center and order out microfilm and microfiche. Many land, court, probate type records have been microfilmed by the FHL.

For tax records, you can interlibrary loan TX county tax records through your own public library, from formation of the county up to about I think it is 1900. They don't give you much information, but it will tell when they first show up and when they leave, or die. If a man is on the tax rolls, then his wife appears on the next year, you know he has died.

Have you looked at the state level of the GenWeb for Texas? Lots of good stuff there. TX and TN both have good info on their state levels. Also, all GenWeb states have an "unknown" county site, too. If you have someone in the state, but no idea what county, you can post your query there. It worked for me in KY, and the lady that responded gave me one more generation on my John Yates.

Click and try “Texas Research Help”, it will lead you to such as: Handbook of TX Online (good for those TX towns not on maps, early settlers, history etc); Confederate Museum (all Rebs); TX Ranger Museum (both museums have records); TX Confederate Pension Idx Online (different then Museum); TX State Library & Archives etc etc. Many of these will have links to other sites, so just keep clicking and looking.

I have found the best way to utilize the websites is to just click and look at everything. Some sites call what they have by different names, and good little things are kind of hidden down in the list somewhere.