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Welcome to Ellis County, Texas TXGenWeb

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


Ellis County Courthouse

TXGenWeb and all of the USGenWeb
ojects celebrated our 20th anniversary online last year. We are awfully proud that the project is a strong and viable, and that it continues to get even better. We are looking forward to the next 20 years.



This site is dedicated to the memory of
Barbara Jeanne Roach Knox, 1923-2016

Barbara Knox - 1923-2016

Dedicated CC Award

20 Year Service Award

Barbara Knox died peacefully on January 2, 2016 at the age of 92. She had been the County Coordinator of Ellis County TXGenWeb since the conception of TXGenWeb in September 1996. She was also Co-Coordinator of Navarro County TXGenWeb, also since the beginning, and Co-Coordinator of Tarrant County TXGenWeb since October 1998. She was presented with the Dedicated CC Award in December 2012.

Welcome to the Ellis County TXGenWeb website. Sylvia Smith and Rob Yoder are the Co-County Coordinators. Most of the information found here has been contributed by researchers interested in Ellis County, its history and people. You have a standing invitation to submit records of any kind and if you spot errors, please notify us.

Please contact Sylvia Smith, Co-County Coodinator, with your inquiries about this website.

What's New

Click here to review What's New on this website.

Texas map showing the location of Ellis County

Under ConstructionThis website is undergoing total reconstruction. We are weeding out the broken links and searching for files that aren't linked at all. You probably have already noticed the new look. We plan to organize the links so that like material is grouped together.

All of the major collections have now been remodeled, however there are a couple hundred stray files remaining that were never categorized. Many of them are linked from the old What's New page only. I will now begin to analize each of these and determine what collection they are best suited for.


General Information


Ellis County History


Addresses of local societies, libraries, the court house etc. that you will need to help round out your research in our county.


Queries - Post or read queries posted by others who may have a similar research interest.


Look-Ups - Volunteers are on hand to aid you in your search for ancestors in select resources and publications.


Mailing List - Subscribe to our interactive Mailing List to directly exchange information with hundreds of other Ellis County researchers.


Bibliography of published works pertaining directly to Ellis County and it's citizens.


Photo Gallery of Ellis County's landmarks and pioneers.


Local Records

  Birth Records
  Death Records

Marriage Records

  Divorce Records
  Obituaries, Death Notices and Memorials
  City Directories
  Tax Records
  School Records
  Voters Lists
  Land Records

Court Records - Court minutes, Wills, Guardianships, Probate records


Census Records

  1850 Federal Census, Ellis County, Texas
  1850 Mortality Schedule, Ellis County, Texas
  The Confusing 1850 Census of Navarro District, Texas
  1860 Mortality Schedule, Ellis County, Texas
  1870 Mortality Schedule, Ellis County, Texas
  1890 Federal Census, Ellis County, Texas
  Beauchamp Families in the 1880 Federal Census of Ellis County, Texas



  Cemeteries in Ellis County - Inventories, Histories and Photographs
  Cemetery Locations and Histories
  Cemetery Preservation News - Program Designates Historic Texas Cemeteries
  Funeral Manual of Rev. A. D. Brooks
  Have You Ever Talked with Anyone in a Cemetery?



  Civil War - Menu
  Spanish American War - Veterans Known to be buried in Ellis County
  World War I - Menu
  World War II - Menu
  Korean War - Veterans Known to be buried in Ellis County
  Viet Nam War - Veterans Known to be buried in Ellis County
  Ellis County Veterans' Memorial



  Letters From The Past
  Pioneers of Ellis County
  Sheriffs That Served Ellis County



  County Map with Points of Interest
  Thriving Cities, Towns and Communities of Ellis County
  Ghost Towns and Other Forgotten Communities
  Historic Markers and Monuments
  Famous Cattle Trails
  Trails, the Forerunners of Rails - Katy's Entry, 60 Years Ago, Is Celebrated
  Historic Springs of Ellis County
  Churches of Ellis County



  Yesterday's News in Ellis County - Abstracts from early area newspapers.


External Links to Ellis County Resources

  National Register of Historic Places for Ellis County
  African American History in Ellis County - Special Interest Group of ECGS
  Eliza Sims and Two Libraries - A Family History


External Links to Texas Resources

  Texas State Cemetery
  The official The State of Texas website
  Texas Historic Sites Atlas - Texas Historical Commission
  Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  The Handbook of Texas Online - Texas State Historical Association
  Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites (Texas website list)
  Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum


Select TXGenWeb and USGenWeb Links

  The Ellis County Archives - (in The USGenWeb Archives Project)
  Texas Landmarks - (a project of the TXGenWeb Project)
  Ellis County Cemetery Photographs - (in The Tombstone Transcription Project)
  The Texas Archives - (in The USGenWeb Archives Project)


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