Red River County Genealogical Society was formed in 1986 with the goal of collecting, preserving and making available as many old county records as possible. A further goal was to promote the investigation of local genealogy and family history

Red River County is one of the oldest counties in Texas. Many early immigrants to Texas came through the area on their way to other places while others came and stayed.

Our library contains a small but respectable collection of books that cover a wide range of genealogical subjects and are housed in the Red River County Public Library.

For Further Information see:
A Short History of Red River County
Quick Guide to Research in Red River County

Membership year begins June 1st. Dues are $20.00 per family (household). Lifetime memberships are $300.00. Membership includes 4 issues of our award-winning quarterly per year and free publishing of queries.
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Queries are free to members and $2.00 each for non-members. Pleast limit queries to 150 words or less. No surnames please. At least one full name, date and location should be included in each query. Mail to RRCTGS, P. O. Box 516 Clarksville, TX 75426

RRCTGS Will Publish Queries in the Red River County Roots genealogy column of weekly newspapers published by Thunder Prairie Publishing Company. These papers include The Detroit Weekly, The Bogata News, The Deport Times, The Blossom News and The Talco Times. Please include your name and address (and/or e-mail address and phone) with your query. The society reserves the right to condense queries that are too long and reject queries that have no tie to Red River County. Send queries to RRCTGS, P.O. Box 516, Clarksville, TX 75426 or to EMail to Johnie Lee

Meetings are normally held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Red River Chamber of Commerce Building, located on the southeast corner of the square, Clarksville, Texas.

        Marion Butts. . . . . . . . . . . President
        Johnie Lee . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vice President
        Mattie Griggs . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary
        Martha Evans . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer
        Kristie Lee . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor
        Cynthia Samples . . . . . . . . Webmaster

    Upcoming Programs and Projects
    • Monday, April 14, 2014 -Rusty Brenner, TX Cemetery Restoration, Dallas
    • Monday, May 12, 2014 - James Hudson, to portray ancestor, Sgt. Granville Peek, CSA
    • Monday, June 9, 2014 - travel to DeKalb to tour Williams House & eat there
    • Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 - tentative plans for outdoor activities
    • Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 -
    • Monday, Sep. 8, 2014 - Richard McCaslin, Prof., Univ. of N. TX; Texas & Secession
    • Monday, October 13, 2014 - Lavyn Sisco, to come in person of Myra Tuggle

    Newspaper Project

    Many old newspapers have been lost and with them lots of history not found anyplace else. The society's current goal is to find any old papers who still exist and get them microfilmed so the information will be retained for others to see. If you think you know of any old existing newspapers, please get in touch with the society.

    Since we are on a very small budget we also need help with funding. Donations are accepted at all times.

    Current List of Newspapers Located and Available(Updated February, 2006)

    Wish List

    The Society is looking for these books, which are now out of print:

    Northeast TX Cemeteries Vol. 1 (by John P. Frazier, Pittsburg, TX)
    Northeast TX Cemeteries Vols/ 2 & 3 (Note: these 3 volumes are of cemeteries in Camp, Cass, Franklin, Marion, Morris, & Titus Counties) by John P. Frazier, Pittsburg, TX)

    History of Texarkana and Bowie & Miller Counties TX-AR (by Barbara Chandler & J. Ed Howe, Texarkana, 1939 Parchman: A Record of the Descendants of Aquilla and John Parchman" by Ragle (1975)

    "Looking Back" by B. P. Moody

    The Men and Women in World War II from Red River County

    "My People Found Homes in the Red River Valley" by Emma Guest Borne; publ. by Story Book Press, Dallas, TX

    "A Pioneer Farmer's Daughter of the Red River Valley" by Emma Guest Borne (1950); publ. by Story Book Press

    Legends of the Red River Valley - by Bright Ray

    "Migrations into East TX - 1835-1860" - by Barnes F. Lathrop; publ. by TX State Hist. Assn. (1949)

    supposed name of book: "Douglas, Issaca and/or Avery -- 1876 - 1905" said to have been in Clarkville Library at one time, but not found.

    "Bishop Garrett's Journal, TX 1875-1890 - Gen. & Hist. Abstracts from the Official Acts of the First Bishop of the Episcopal Missionary Dist. of Northern TX" (compiled by Margt. Ann Thetford & Jeanne Tabb (224 pages, full name index)

    Publications for Sale by the Society

    BIBLE RECORDS OF RED RIVER CO. TX GENEALOGICAL MEMBERS, VOLUME I, soft cover, every name index, 173 pages. Price $18.00 plus $1.35 tax plus $3.50 shipping and handling.

    This volume contains Bible Records of the following families: Meyer, Lee, Turk, Myers, McCain, Low, Jones, McCuiston, Hall, Johnson, Pinson, Young, Strawn, Turner, Rose, Seale, Smith, Claiborne, Williams, Dyers, Strange, Benton and Hufford.

    Red River County is one of the oldest counties in Texas and was a major entry into Texas in the early days of statehood. Therefore, Bible record books such as this, are quite valuable as a research tool. Order from Red River Co. TX Gen Society, P. O. Box 516, Clarksville, TX 75426-2720.
    Note, only a limited number of these are still available.

    Publications by Members

    It Happened in Post Oak (or thereabouts) by Johnie Lee
    For Love of Country: The Price of Freedomby Martha Sue Stroud
    Gateway to Texas, History of Red River County by Martha Sue Stroud
    Burials, Cemetery and Death Records of Red River County, TX by Lawrence and Sue Dale
    Obituaries from the Detroit News Herald (1928-1936 and 1941-1956) by Lawrence and Sue Dale
    Obituaries from the Deport Times (1911-1950) by Lawrence and Sue Dale
    Red River County Cemeteries, vol 1-7 by Bertha Gable

    "Reflections of Red River County 1830's - 1890" by Marion Butts
    A history of the county, beginning with the earliest settlements; Covers steamboat traffic, transportation, local involvement in the Civil War and reconstruction, the building of the railroads and the courthouse; Soft cover; 53 pages;
    $16, includes shipping and taxes.

    M.R. Butts
    P.O. Box 1232
    Clarksville, TX 75426

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    The purpose of this list is open discussion of Red River County History and Genealogy, along with current activities of the Genealogy Society

    Message Board (Queries)

    Related Links

    Red River County TXGenWeb Site
    Political Graveyard--Red River County

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