Welcome to Carson County TXGenWeb

About Carson County

Carson County, in the center of the Panhandle and on the eastern edge of the Texas High Plains, is bounded on the north by Hutchinson County, on the west by Potter County, on the south by Armstrong County, and on the east by Gray County. Carson County was named for Samuel P. Carson, the first secretary of state of the Republic of Texas.

Carson County has a balanced and diversified economy based on ranching, farming, oil, transportation, and the Pantex plant. Most of the farmland is located in the eastern part of the county, while the western part remains ranchland. In the 1940s and 1950s many local farmers drilled irrigation wells to tap the Ogallala Aquifer, and by the 1980s about 33 percent of cultivated land in the county was irrigated. The local agricultural economy remained relatively static after the 1940s; by 1982, land under cultivation totaled 281,424 acres. The number of farms and farmers declined, however, as mechanization led to a growth in farm size and corresponding decline in the number of farms.

The population of the county also remained essentially stable after World War II. It rose from 6,624 in 1940 to 6,852 in 1950, and again to 7,781 by 1960. It declined somewhat during the 1960s to 6,358 in 1970, then rose again to 6,672 in 1980. In 1990 the population of the county was to be 6,576. The bulk of the county's population now lives in its towns, which include White Deer, Skellytown, Groom, and Rocky Mount. Panhandle (1990 population 2,353) is Carson County's largest town and its seat of government.

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To post your Queries, Biographies, Bible Records, Deeds, Obituaries,
Pensions, and Wills, please visit the Ancestry Message Board
for Carson County, Texas.

Carson County Message Board

Carson County Resources

About Carson County
Census Records
County Postcards
County Timeline
Draft Registration
Historical Markers
Land Abstracts

Postmasters & Post Offices
Texas Historical Literature
Texas Prehistory
Texas Research Helps
The Panhandle of Texas

Landmarks and Vanished Communities
Social Security Death Index

Texas County Courthouses

TXGenWeb Alphabetical Counties List
USGenWeb Special Projects


The History of Skellytown
submitted by Elnora Cook-Wyrick


A Summary of
A Time To Purpose -
A Chronicle Of Carson County, Texas

by Jo Stuart Randel

Carson County Photographs

A series of photographs
taken in Groom, Panhandle, and White Deer.

World War I and World War II
Texas Panhandle Casualties
and Missing in Action

World War I

World War II

Source: Amarillo Globe-News

NARA -- Access to Military Service and Pension Records

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

Indexed by town, including
Groom, Panhandle, Skellytown, and White Deer.

Carson County Obituaries - 2003

Source: Amarillo Globe-News

Carson County Vital Records

Birth Records 1926-1960

Marriage Records 1966-1970

Death Records 1964-1998

Carson County Family Genealogies

If you would like to submit your Carson County Family Genealogy for inclusion on the page, please send it as an e-mail attachment to me at [email protected].

Plain text-only (.txt) formatting is preferred.

You can also send it in one or two emails,
if you'd like... 8-)

Your genealogy does not have to be exclusive to Carson County, but your family should have been residents of the county for a period of time.

Photos can be added to your family page.
Submit them in .jpg, .gif, or .bmp format only.

McBee-Sargent-Luster and Cook-Newman Genealogies
submitted by Elnora Cook-Wyrick

Texas Panhandle Ranches

Ranches.org is home for several
Texas panhandle ranches.
Included on the site, which is
maintained by rancher Jay O'Brien,
biographical sketches,
ranch histories, and information
about the
McLean Feedyard.

Ranches included are:
The Swamp--O'Brien Ranch,
the JA, The Circle,
and the
Exell Ranch.

Biographies include:
John G. O'Brien, G.W. O'Brien,
Will O'Brien, Exie Eagan O'Brien,
James Christopher Paul,
Howard Paul.

Another feature of the page is
Judge Howard Paul's memories of
Early Days in Carson County.

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My name is
LaRae Halsey-Brooks, and my daughter,
Eireann Brooks, and I are the County Co-Coordinators
for the Carson County TXGenWeb Project. 

If you would like to contribute your research findings 
or volunteer in another capacity 
for the Carson County TXGenWeb Project page, 
please let us know.

LaRae & Eireann

If you are interested in sponsoring a county
in the TXGenWeb Project,
or have questions regarding the TXGenWeb Project, 
please contact:

TXGenWeb State Coordinator - Gina Heffernan
Asst State Coordinators -
Jane Keppler, Carla Clifton,
Laura Gregory Roberts

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Carson County Co-Coordinators:
LaRae Halsey-Brooks & Eireann Brooks

This page was last updated June 2, 2023.

� 1997-2023 by the Carson County Coordinator
for the TXGenWeb Project

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