Grayson County TXGenWeb


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Grayson County Clerk 

    100 W. Houston, St. 17
    Sherman, TX 75090
    (903) 813-4243
Original records available :
Death Records
Birth Records
Marriage Records
Land Transactions

Miscellaneous Records :
Live Stock Brand Books
Insanity Declarations
Guardianship Papers
Probate Birth Certificates
Death Records.
Naturalization Records 1907 - 1989

    Birth Records
  • Birth Records start in Texas in 1903; however many counties did not keep them until a little later. The majority of the birth records in Grayson County start in 1909. The state vitals office receives these and you can get them from that office also.
  • Contact in writing the Grayson County Clerk for official document copies or the State Health Department.

  • Denison keeps its own records for birth and death, which date back to the 1880s. These will have to be obtained from the Denison office.
    Denison City Hall
     500 W Chestnut St., Denison, TX 75020
     Phone: (903)465-2720

  • Online Sources

  • Texas Birth Certificates 1903 - 1935
  • Texas Birth Index  1903- 1907
  • Texas Births and Christenings 1940 - 1981 

    The Texas State Library  birth ~ death ~ probate birth Index

  • Check the Social Security Death Index; this index provides birth and death dates online for free.  A copy of the original Social Securitay Application will note the birth & death dates, as well as location of birth, parents' names & their birth places.

  • Not everyone is in the SSDI, many women did not have SS cards as they were stay at home moms and railroad workers did not get SS death benefits. In order to be in this index at all, someone must have made out a form to claim the SS death benefit.

    Texas Delayed or Probate Birth Certificates

    Probate or Delayed birth records are available from the State Vitals office.
    The majority of the people who received delayed birth certificates are males who signed into the Social Security in the mid 1930s and the workers who needed a certificate to work for the government during WWII. The majority of these were born from late 1870s through 1910.
    People born in other states, who moved here as adults often applied to the State of Texas for a certificate; therefore, it contains birth data here that is not filed in the state of birth of the individual.

    The State Library will do a free lookup in their probate birth Index.
    The lookup will tell you what county has the certificate, what date of the birth and the name and number of the certificate. Write the county for a copy or the State Vitals office.

    Birth dates can be found in other records :
    School Records
    newspaper articles & obituaries
    Church Session or Record books
    Census records
    Jjob records
    Draft board records
    WWI registration records
    Biographical materials

    Death Records

  • Texas Death certificates are online for 1903-1976 (Grayson seems to be well started in 1909 with a few earlier ones
  • Texas Deaths  1890 - 1976 (Index and images)
  • Texas Deaths 1890 - 1976 (different set of records than the one above)
  • Texas Deaths and Burials 1903 - 1973
  • Texas Deaths 1977-1986
  • Texas Death Index 1964 - 1988 (no images)
  • Check cemetery listings - Grayson County
  • Check the Social Security Death Index, this will give birth dates and death dates.

  • Death records were officially recorded in Texas as of 1903; however, it was not mandatory until WWII.
    The  city of Denison kept earlier records than the state, but they are only for people living inside the Denison city limits.

    Denison City Hall
     500 W Chestnut St., Denison, TX 75020
     Phone: (903)465-2720
    This applies only to people living inside the city limits, not just the post office addressing.
  • The County Clerk's office will have all other county death certificates. 
  • Wills and Probates are in the County Clerk's office and often mention the death dates.

  • Also deaths were collected for the four Mortality Schedules kept from 1840 through 1880 for all states.

    Grayson County Mortality Schedules

    1850 Mortality Census 

    1860 Mortality Census

    1870 Mortality Census

    1880 Mortality Census

    Grayson County Marriage Records
    Grayson County marrage records are complete and were recorded as early as 1845. Some earlier marriages are found in the Fannin County, Texas records and in the State archives Republic of Texas records.
    Marriage records are kept in the County Clerks office. 
    Throughout all of Grayson County history many people went to Bryan Co., Oklahoma, just north of the border.
    In the early days of the Choctaw Nation ~ Indian Territory ~ Oklahoma, ministers sought employment in the Indian Academys and in missions.
    Here in Grayson county the preachers were mostly circuit riders and church buildings were scarce. Later the fact that Oklahoma didn't require a waiting period influenced a steady stream, plus it stayed some kind of 'fad' even through the 1960s. Couples went in buggys and wagons and married on the bridges between Oklahoma and Texas, which was under the state of Oklahoma law).

    Check in Bryan county, Choctaw County & Marshall County and in other nearby counties across the river.

    Marriage Records of  Grayson Co., and Texas are searchable online in the 
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints website 

    Certified copies are only available throught the Clerk's office.
    Microfilms of the marriages certificates are available in the Sherman Public Library

    Texas County Marriage Index  1837 - 1977

~Marriages Online in this website
  • Grayson County Marriage Book J, May 1889 - July 1891    Brides        |         Grooms
  • Grayson County Marriage Book K  Jun 1891 - Jan 1893    Brides        |         Grooms

Divorce Records
Divorce Cases are kept in the District Court Records

Justice Center
 200 S. Crockett St.
Sherman, Texas 75090
Naturalization Records for Texas
1906 - 1989

Land Records

Land Records are in the County Clerks Office.

Tax Records
Grayson County Tax Records

Many Early Grayson County Tax books are viewable on

online Denison Tax Books

Current Tax information

All tax records are accessible to the public. Contact :

Grayson County
Appraisal District
205 N Travis
Sherman, TX 75090


Useful links in reading old documents when you receive them.
Inflation Calculator
Archaic Medical Terminology
List of Old Occupations


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