Deaf Smith County TXGenWeb - Home Page


Deaf Smith
County, Texas

Home Page

This site is a genealogy and local history website and has been an intregral part of The TXGenWeb Project and The USGenWeb Project since 1996.

What's New on this Website?

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County Coordinator

Welcome. My name is Rob Yoder and in April of 2014 I became the County Coordinator for the Deaf Smith County website in the TXGenWeb Project. This website appears to have been without a permanent coordinator for about a year and has been in the hands of babysitters in the interim. I have been with The TXGenWeb Project for more than 17 years now, connected with Tarrant and Ellis Counties. I want to let everyone know that I have no research interest in Deaf Smith County and I live 390 miles away in Fort Worth, Texas. I am sorry, but for those reasons, I will not be of much help with your research.

Rob's Email Address

My first objective was to make some repairs to the website and chase down the broken links. Well, I believe that I have now accomplished that. All of the pages, other than those written in Spanish, have been set to the same style as the home page and each link has been checked. The Spanish pages will be too difficult for me to work on. I do not speak Spanish so I will not be able to maintain that portion of the site unless I get some help from some of you.

Now is the time for me to begin soliciting materials to place online and grow further through contributions from researchers and visitors to this website. Please share your stories of Deaf Smith County, biographies, photos, short stories, ancestry charts, and what ever else that might be of interest to others. Please let me know if you have something to contribute.

If you would like to help out with the website, just a little bit or a whole lot, please speak up. I would like to appoint one or more Assistant County Coordinators. If someone more qualified comes along that would like to take charge, I will be more than happy to step aside. I believe that the website should be managed by someone who has roots here or currently lives in or near the county.

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Surrounding Counties

While researching your ancestors in Deaf Smith County, keep in mind that some of them may have crossed the county line by a few feet. I suggest that you visit the following TXGenWeb and NMGenWeb county websites to continue your search. Good Luck!

Quay Co., NMCurry Co., NM

Oldham Co., TXPotter Co., TXRandall Co., TX

Parmer Co., TXCastro Co., TX

To visit any other county in the TXGenWeb Project, go to the County Selection List or choose the Clickable County Map.


Jim Cook

Erastus "Deaf" Smith

Interview with John Riding

Notable People from Deaf Smith Co.


Bureau of Land Management
— (external link)

Land Listings
— (in the USGenWeb Archives)



Cemeteries of Deaf Smith Co.

Cemetery Laws of Texas

Cemetery & Gravestone Information

  • History & Preservation

  • Locate A Gravesite

  • Tombstone Emblems

  • Tombstone Epitaphs

Cemetery Tools

  • How to clean headstones

  • How to make your own headstone


On the Military web page:

  • Confederate Pension Applications

  • Register of the Confederate Dead

  • Alexander's Regiment

  • Draft Registration, 1917-1918

  • World War II, Missing and Dead

  • Korean War Fatal Casualties

  • Vietnam War Fatal Casualties



On the Census web page:

  • Census Statistics

  • The Census Taker

  • How many ancestors do you have?

  • U. S. Census Bureau Quick Links

  • The USGenWeb Census Project

  • 1940 Census (Deaf Smith County)



The Hereford Brand online

Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Gleanings







Obit of Oliver C. Thomas

Death Certificate of Leonard Foster



Cities and Towns

Ghost Towns

History of Deaf Smith Co.

  • County History

  • Erastus "Deaf" Smith
    — Biography of Deaf Smith
    — Revolutionary hero who fought for Texas’s independence
    — Anthony Quinn in Los Amigos (1972) as "Deaf" Smith
    — Where is Erastus "Deaf" Smith buried?
    — The story of Deaf Smith
    — Erastus "Deaf" Smith - Little History
    — Biography of Erastus "Deaf" Smith
    — History of Deaf Smith
    — Deaf Heroes: Erastus "Deaf" Smith

  • Hereford

Hereford Military Reservation and Reception Center




American Memories




Vital Records Notice
— Ordering Vital Records

Births: A - C

Births: D - L

Births: M - Y

Births 1926-1934: USGenWeb Archives



Social Security Death Index
Now on the paid subscriber side



If you have a question or comment about the Deaf Smith County website, please contact the County Coordinator listed near the top of this page. If you need to speak with a higher authority or have questions about state related matters, you should contact one of the three ladies listed below.

If you are interested in adopting a county in The TXGenWeb Project, please check out the Orphan Counties available and contact: Shirley Cullum, TXGenWeb State Coordinator or one of her Assistant State Coordinators, Jane Keppler or Carla Clifton.

Email Addresses for Shirley, Jane & Carla

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