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  • Rains County, Texas —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 15, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Hopkins County, Hunt County and Wood County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1870
    County Seat:  Emory, Texas

    County history - Rains County is named in honor of Emory Rains (May 4, 1800 - March 4, 1878) was a lawyer, judge and political leader in the Republic of Texas and thereafter in the State of Texas. Rains was born in Warren County, Tennessee, and moved to Texas in 1817. Emory Rains held many public offices and his life was devoted to public service. Rains was a Member of Texas Republic Senate from the District of Shelby and Sabine (1837 1839); a delegate to the Texas state constitutional convention (1845); a member of the Texas state house of representatives (1847 1848, 1851 1854); a member of the Texas state senate (1859). In 1839, Rains was a prime supporter of the historic law creating a Homestead exemption in Texas. In 1861, he stood with Sam Houston in opposition to secession from the union. In 1866, Emory Rains rode a mule to Austin, Texas, for the purpose of getting a bill introduced to create Rains County, Texas. Emory Rains died on March 4, 1878, of an apparent stroke, and is buried in the City Cemetery in Emory, Texas. Both Emory, Texas, and Rains County, Texas are named for him.



    Rains Courthouse
    GHLL Rains County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Rains County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Rains County, TX Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Rains County Genealogical Society
          P.O. Box 905
          Emory, TX 75440-0905

    5. US/TXGenWeb site - Rains County Archives
    6. US/TXGenWeb - Rains County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - and also :Rains County Clerk, Rains County Courthouse Annex, 220 W. Quitman Street, P. O. Box 1150. Emory, TX 75440.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Hopkins County (north), Wood County (east), Van Zandt County (southwest),
             Hunt County (northwest).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue
               are linked.

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        Correction or addition Report for this county - copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) that concern(s) you.


  • Real County, Texas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 10, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Edwards, Bandera, and Kerr Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1813
    County Seat:  Leakey, Texas

    County history - Real County is named in honor of Julius Real, rancher, county judge, and state senator.

    Real Courthouse
    1. Real County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Real County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Real County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Real County - US/TXGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Real County - US/TXGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Real County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Real County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Real County Vital Records - Real County Clerk, P.O. Box 700, Leakey, TX 78873-0656.
               Note:  Certified Marriage License requests should be directed to the County Clerk's Office in which the event occurred. Certified copies of a Divorce Decree requests should be directed to the District Clerk's Office in which the event occurred.


  • Red River County, Texas —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 11, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Old Mexican Municipality [One of the original 23 counties].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1836
    County Seat:  Clarksville, Texas

    County history - Red River County is named for the Red River (the river gains its name from the red-clay farmland of its watershed). It is one of several rivers with that name. The Red River is the second largest river basin in the southern Great Plains. It rises in two branches (forks) in the Texas Panhandle and flows east, where it acts as the border between present-day states of Texas and Oklahoma.

    Red River Courthouse
    1. Red River County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Red River County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Red River County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Red River County Genealogical Society (Clarksville, TX)
    4. Red River County - US/TXGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Red River County - US/TXGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Red River County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Red River County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Red River County - Genealogy Toolbox
    9. Red River County Vital Records - Red River County Clerk, 400 North Walnut Street, Clarksville, TX 75426.


  • Reeves County, Texas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 11, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Pecos County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1883
    County Seat:  Pecos, Texas

    County history - Reeves County is named in honor of George Robertson Reeves, a state legislator and colonel in the Confederate army.

    Reeves Courthouse
    1. Reeves County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Reeves County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Reeves County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Reeves County - US/TXGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Reeves County - US/TXGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Reeves County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Reeves County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Reeves County Vital Records - Reeves County Clerk, P.O. Box 867, Pecos, TX 79772-0867.


  • Refugio County, Texas —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 6, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Republic of Texas lands [one of 23 original counties].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1836
    County Seat:  Refugio, Texas

    County history - Refugio County is named in honor of Nuestra Se ora del Refugio Mission which was located near the future county.

    Refugio Courthouse
    1. Refugio County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Refugio County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Refugio County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Refugio County - US/TXGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Refugio County - US/TXGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Refugio County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Refugio County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Refugio County - Genealogy Toolbox
    9. Refugio County Vital Records - Refugio County Clerk, P.O. Box 704, Refugio, TX 78377-0704.

    10. Old town Refugio - History and photos (Texas escapes)
    11. Society/Museum/Assn - (Bayside Historical Society (Bayside, TX)


  • Rockwall County, Texas —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 26, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Kaufman County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1873
    County Seat:  Rockwall, Texas

    County history - Rockwall County is named in honor of its county seat, which was named for a submerged stone wall found by its initial settlers. Rockwall County's notoriety comes from being the smallest county in Texas, covering only 147 square miles. But its strongest asset could be the possibility it is the site of the oldest civilized community in Texas, something geologist and archeologists have been trying to ascertain, and have been arguing about, since 1852.

    Rockwall Courthouse
    GHLL Rockwall County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Rockwall County, TX Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Rockwall County Genealogical Society / Rockwall, TX)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Rockwall County Historical Foundation / Rockwall, TX)
    7. US/TXGenWeb site - Rockwall County Archives
    8. US/TXGenWeb - Rockwall County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Rockwall County Clerk, 1111 E. Yellowjacket Lane, Suite 100, Rockwall, Texas 75087.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Collin County (north), Hunt County (east), Kaufman County (south), Dallas
                County
    (west).

        Rockwall County - Handbook of Texas Online.
        Rockwall County - Microfilm library (newspapers, census records and
             miscellaneous Rockwall County records.

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  • Rusk County, Texas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 12, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Nacogdoches County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1843
    County Seat:  Henderson, Texas

    County history - Rusk County is named in honor of Thomas Jefferson Rusk (1803 1857), Secretary of War (and General) under Republic of Texas President, Sam Houston.

    Rusk Courthouse
    1. Rusk County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Rusk County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Rusk County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Rusk County - US/TXGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Rusk County - US/TXGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Rusk County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Rusk County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Rusk County Vital Records - Rusk County Clerk, P.O. Box 758, Henderson, TX 75653-0758.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (East Texas Genealogical Society (Tyler, TX)


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