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Re: Tax and land records for Wharton Co.
Posted by: Joan E. Rambo (ID *****8863) Date: August 23, 2002 at 08:28:23
In Reply to: Tax and land records for Wharton Co. by Margaret Spain Kersten of 65474

At this point and time not everything is online. But, you might try the GenWeb sites for each county. Some GenWeb counties are putting their cemeteries online, and some are even getting other records online, too. Make sure you pay special attention to the “The Texas GenWeb Project Archives,” additional county records are stored there, too. All of the GenWeb Project is run by volunteers, so each site varies on the amount of information gathered and posted. Among other information online, Sebastian Co, AR has the BLM index for their county online (Bureau of Land Management). Hawkins Co, TN has their probate records online. So, be sure to not only check your counties, but go back from time to time, as many are constantly growing, or even changing webmasters/mistresses.

It sounds like maybe you haven't used GenWeb sites, yet. Here is something I typed and saved in WORD because I was sending similar information to so many people, and I didn't want to forget bits and pieces.

Texas began keeping vital records in 1903; you can obtain a copy of death certificate, which should show the names and birth locations of the parents of deceased.

Hyperlink below for TXGenWeb site. Scroll down to “TX County Index” option, find your county and click and look at everything. Sites are manned by volunteers, so they vary in material and information offered. Some will have a list of volunteers who offer to do lookups. Post your query; plus, ask if anyone has a copy of a county history, and will they check their copy for any possible information on your family. If cemeteries not online, ask if a collection of material, or book has been published on local cemeteries, and can someone check the index for you.

TX is a state with lots of good “stuff”, click and look. 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.

Near the beginning of the list of sites on the state level is one, “The Texas GenWeb Project Archives.” Click on it then look for your county. Some cemeteries and other county records are archived instead of being on the actual county GenWeb site.

When you finish with “ALL” of TX, look for the very first option on that site – USGenWeb Project – click and you are at the U.S. level, from there you can choose any state, and county/counties within those states – you are off and running, again. Happy Hunting (^_^)

By the way, you can obtain microfilmed copies of TX county tax records on interlibrary loan through your local public library, from formation of the county up to about 1900. Your library can obtain them from the State Archives in Austin.

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