Nacogdoches County Records
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The name Nacogdoches is Caddo in origin and thought to mean "Place of Persimmon" or "Place of High Hill."
At the time of European contact, Caddo and Bidai Native American groups lived in what is now Nacogdoches County. In 1716, the Spanish established asettlement at Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe do los Nacogdoches only to abandon it two years later. Two years later in 1720 the Spanish tried again. They remained precariously in Nacogdoches until 1763, when Spanish colonial authorities ordered them to emigrate South to San Antonio. European settlement remained sparse in the area until 1779, when Gil Antonio Ybarbo led a group back to Nacogdoches area to establish the first permanent colonial settlement.
Judicial Districts: 5th (1838-1846); 6th (1846-1848); 5th (1848-1866); 9th (1866-1868); 18th (1868-1870); 4th (1870-1875); 3rd (1875-1884); 2nd (1884-1973); Special 2nd (1954-1973); 145th (1973-Present).
SFA History Professor Archie McDonald compiled a numbered "Inventory of County Records, Nacogdoches County" in (1975) that the ETRC uses to help organize its collection of Nacogdoches County Records.
County Court Records. Series 1 (Civil Court Records); Series 2 (Criminal Court Records); Series 3 (Deed Records); Series 4 (Oil and Gas Leases); Series 5 (Marriage Records); Series 6 (Probate Records); Series 7 (County Surveyor Records); Series 8 (Board of Land Commissioner Records); Series 9 (Chattel Mortgage Records); Series 10 (Notarial and Acknowledgment Records); Series 11 (Birth and Death Records); Series 12 (Other County Court Records)
District Court Records. Series 1 (Civil Court Records); Series 2 (Criminal Court Records); Series 3 (Other District Court Records).
Tax Assessor/Collector's Records. Series 1 (Tax Rolls); Series 2 (Delinquent Tax Rolls); Series 3 (School Tax Rolls); Series 4 (Assessor Abstracts).
Justice of the Peace (Justice Court) Records.
Commissioner's Court Records.
Other Nacogdoches County Records. Series 1 (Official Public Records); Series 2 (Sheriff's Records); Series 3 (Military Records).
Department of Nacogdoches Records, 1826-1836.
City of Nacogdoches Records.
- Guide to Nacogdoches County Records