Welcome To Trinity County!  

Heart of the Texas Forest Country

The Trinity County Courthouse, built in 1914, is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.  In 2008, the Trinity County Courthouse was awarded a grant through the Texas Historical Commission's Texas Historic Preservation Program for the restoration of this magnificent building.  Visit the site at 162 West First Street in Groveton, Texas.  

Welcome to the Trinity County TXGenWeb site.  My name is Susanne Waller, I serve as the website coordinator on behalf of the Trinity County Historical Commission (TCHC) and I work at the Trinity County Museum/Hensley Genealogical and Historical Research Center located in the county seat of Groveton, Texas.  It is my job to assist people doing genealogy and historical research in Trinity County.  Besides the County Clerk's office, we are your source for researching your ancestors in Trinity County as we hold a wonderful collection of family histories, records and materials that may aid in your family research.  Though I do not do your family research, with specific requests I will be happy to perform lookups at our center's holdings and can help with researching your Trinity County ancestors.  If you are a Trinity County Researcher and wish to contribute genealogical or historical information to our website, or volunteer, please contact me at [email protected].    Our thanks to all those who have contributed to this website!

Most of our early county records were destroyed by two early courthouse fires that occurred in the late 1800's.  County Records (available at the County Clerk's office) include Birth and Death Records commencing in 1903 to present.  Marriage Records commence in 1876 and are current to present (also available at the Hensley Genealogical and Historical Research Center).  Early Probate Records (1876 -1910) are individually indexed in Volumes A-G.  The Probate Index No. 1 commences coverage in 1911 with Volume H and are current to present.  Property Records are indexed commencing from January 1873 to present.  Divorces from 1893.  Be sure to check our Archives page for Indexes and other interesting contributed materials.

Trinity became a county from Houston County in 1850 and even though Trinity became a separate county in 1850, the US Federal 1850 Census still enumerated citizens of Trinity County in the Houston County census.  Same for all the Non-Population Schedules for 1850. The first actual US Census for Trinity County citizens is in 1860. 

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) has land records for Houston County from the years of the Republic of Texas and of course, into statehood.  I've found these to be very helpful.  This link will take you to the GLO search engine:  http://www.glo.texas.gov/history/archives/land-grants/index.cfm  Once you reach the search site, enter Houston as the county and put in your ancestor's name and search.  Pay particular attention to records in the index labeled "Clerk Returns".  The "Clerk Returns" are mostly "Reports of Unconditional Certificates issued by the Board of Land Commissioners of Houston County" that were issued in the 1840's and into the 1850's.  Some of these records have names, dates of emigration, and sometimes lists witnesses and that may be very useful especially when you are trying to determine when your ancestor arrived in Texas. Of course, you may do the same with running a search in Trinity County.  Trinity County's index does not contain the Clerk Returns because all that happened before we became a county in 1850, but you will still find or may find copies Trinity County's Land Grants and Mexican Land Titles.  Thank you GLO! 

Sign in to your FamilySearch account and search tax records from 1838-1850 in Houston County (and these are still free to browse).  This link will take you to the FamilySearch page for Texas County Tax Rolls, 1837-1910:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1827575?collectionNameFilter=false  On that page you can run a search by name, but remember, many of the tax records in these collections are not indexed, so your ancestor may not show up in a search.  But don't get discouraged, below the search box you will see "Browse through all 678,887 images" (a little intimidating) but if you go there you can then choose a county and go to the years that are available for that county and start reading.  (And who hasn't browsed 100's of pages of records to find an ancestor!)  Houston County has tax records beginning in 1838 and Trinity Tax Records begin in 1850.  There is a lot of good information in the tax records!

I hope this will help with your research in Trinity County and please feel free to contact me at
[email protected]  if you have any questions.  Follow Trinity County Museum/Hensley Genealogical and Historical Research Center on Facebook!




Table of Contents
Please note: the email addresses [email protected] and [email protected] that are found on some of the ARCHIVES pages are no longer a valid email addresses.

African American Research



         1860 Census (Online Images)

         1900 Census-Partial

         Confederate Pensions


         Land Survey Abstracts

         Marriage Records


         Probate Minutes

         Soldiers and Sailors Discharge, WWII
Biographies and Historical Narratives
  Blanche K. Werner Public Library-Trinity Newspapers on Line
  County Government
  Funeral Homes
  Historical Landmarks and Sawmills

  Histories Of Trinity County


  Microfilm Records


       Company M, First Texas Volunteer Infantry
       Tullos Company A, 3rd Battalion, 13th TX Reg.

        CSA Veterans Buried in Trinity Co. Updated

 Newspapers, Clippings and Scrapbooks

  Neighboring Counties

     Angelina  Houston  Polk  San Jacinto  Walker

  Photo Album
  Post Offices of Trinity County
  Public Libraries
  Queries/Message Board
  Records and Registers
  Sawmills and Railroads
  School Census and Early Scholastic Districts
  Tax List, 1851
  Trinity County Appointed Officials, 1850-1986

  Trinity County Genealogical Society
  Trinity County Historical Commission

  Trinity County Land Records

      Mexican Land Grants in Trinity County 1831-1835

      Houston/Military Bounty Land Grants in Trinity County

      Headrights, Republic of Texas, 1836-1845
Trinity County Museum and

  Hensley Genealogical and Historical Research Center

  Trinity Historical Society
Volunteer Look-Ups
  Where to Write for County Records


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Other Helpful and Interesting Links

  African American Cemeteries Online
  Cyndi's List
  Ellis Island

  East Texas News
  East Texas Research Center at SFASU

  Find A Grave
  Gammel's The Laws of Texas
  Historic Texas Cemeteries
  Lone Star Junction

  Portal to Texas History
  Sons of Confederate Veterans-Texas
  Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics


  Texas Family Group Sheets
  Texas Forestry Museum
Texas Forest Country.com
Texas General Land Office
Texas Handbook Online
  Texas Historical Commission
  Texas Postcards
  Texas State Library and Archives
  Texas State Cemetery
  Texas (State) On-Line
  Texas Tombstone Project
  Texas USGenWeb Archives
  The History Center, Diboll, TX
  TXGenWeb Research Help
Trinity County Profile

  Trinity County Chamber of Commerce
Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

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