Lamar County, TX Addresses and Research Information

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Lamar County Clerk's Office

Office of Lamar County Clerk
Lamar County Courthouse
119 North Main Street
Paris, TX 75460
Phone: 903-737-2420
NOTE: The County Clerk cannot accept out of town checks. They only accept money orders and certified checks if you do not live in the county. BIRTHS: These begin in 1903, however there are some delayed records dating back into the 1800's--very few. Before 1940, the birth records of persons born inside the city limits of Paris, TX were kept by the City of Paris (See
City Clerk's Office for this information): however, the County Clerks can get Birth Records off the computer from Austin from 1926 to presetn, excluding probated or delayed records. Birth records for persons born in Lamar County but NOT within in the city of Paris, TX are recorded at the office of Lamar County Clerk. THE BIRTH RECORDS ARE NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR RESEARCH. They are confidential for 75 years (this means only close family can get them for 75 years, then anyone can request them). You must be able to complete an application and send this application to this office along with a fee of $23.00 per request. An application must contain:
  1. The name of the person
  2. Date of birth
  3. Parents names
  4. The reason you are wanting the certificate, including relationship to the person.
DEATHS: The same applies for death records as for birth records; with the exception that the names of the parents of the deceased need not be listed to obtain a death certificate. Death records were not mandatory in the State of Texas until 1940 so there are many that are not recorded. However, they do have death records from 1903. Since 1992, people who die in the hospital are kept at the city; people who die in the county (outside the city) are kept by the County Clerk. THE DEATH RECORDS ARE NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR RESEARCHING. Death Certificates are confidential for 25 years (meaning only close family members can get them for 25 years, then anyone can request a copy). An application must be submitted along with the fee of $21.00 for a death certificate containing:
  1. The name of the deceased
  2. Date of death
  3. The reason you are wanting the certificate, including relationship to the person.

MARRIAGES: These begin in 1836 and are available to the public for researching. There are separate indexes listing the last name of the bride as well as a groom index. Copies are $1.00 each and $7.00 for a certfied copy. We must have a date or approximate date to find a marriage license. Click here to search for marriages before 1900. There are many of the original licenses in the genealogical library and these are available without charge as long as you will provide a Family Group Sheet for the couple. The research for these marriage licenses must be done by the researcher.

PROBATE AND WILLS: These begin in 1836 and are available to the public for researching. Copy fees are $1.00 per page whenever the researcher does the research and makes his own copies. The County Clerk's office does not do research. They will, however, verify a name if they have that probate or will.

DEED AND LAND RECORDS: These begin in 1840 and are available to the public for researching. Copy fees are $1.00 per page whenever the researcher does the research and makes his own copies. The Clerk's Office does NOT do the research for these records. They do have a website where you can get land records off the internet for 1971 - present: http://www.countygovernmentrecords.com/.

CIVIL WAR COMPANY BATTALIONS: Located in the Lamar County, Texas Deed Records are as follows:

  • Sam Bell Maxey Company, Volume L Page 348-349
  • James M. Daniel Company, Volume L Page 357
  • James Hill Company, Volume L Page 324
  • Miller Webb Company, Volume L Page 268
  • Milton Webb Company, Volume L Page 47

MILITARY DISCHARGE PAPERS (DD14): These are also kept at the County Clerk's office for those who were discharged and came home to Paris for all branches of service.

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Paris, TX City Clerk's Office

City Registrar
PO Box 9037
Paris, TX 75461
Phone: 903-785-7511


BIRTH RECORDS ARE CONFIDENTIAL FOR 75 YEARS AND DEATH RECORDS FOR 25 YEARS; THEREFORE, ISSUANCE IS RESTRICTED TO A PROPERY QUALIFIED APPLICANT, AS DEFINED BELOW:
  1. The registrant.
  2. Immediate family member of the registrant, but limited to:
    • Parent(s)
    • Child
    • Sibling(s)
    • Spouse
    • Grandparent(s)
    • Legal guardian
    • Conservator
  3. Legal representative, personal representative, or agent of those in categories 1 and 2 above, but limited to:
    • Any individual, attorney, funeral director or other representative acting under contract for those in categories 1 and 2 above.
    • Any agent, genealogist, or other representative bearing an affidavit to make application on behalf of those in categories 1 and 2 above.
Forms of identification required:
  • Photo Identification
  • Social Security Card along with 2 or 3 other forms of ID such as a bill with home address, hunting/fishing licenses, etc.
A handwritten request is acceptable with the following:
  1. Name of registrant
  2. Date of birth
  3. Sex
  4. Place of birth or death
  5. Parents names
  6. Relationship to registrant
  7. Purpose for obtaining record
  8. Photocopy of ID
BIRTHS: These are recorded for births INSIDE the city of Paris beginning in 1916. Birth records are available to a properly qualified applicant as defined above. Cost $23.00.

DEATHS: These are recorded for deaths INSIDE the city of Paris beginning in 1916. Death records are available to a properly qualified applicant as defined above. Cost $21.00.
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Lamar County Genealogical Society Library

Lamar County Genealogical Society
1125 Bonham St.
Paris, TX 75460
Phone: 903-784-5020
Hours open: Monday - Friday, 12:00 - 4:00 PM. Library is closed during school holidays. Lots of information. Letter requests are also handled. Library may be opened outside listed hours by appointment if a volunteer is available. For more information about the Society,
Click here.

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Local Researchers

Please note: Listing of a researcher here does not constitute endorsement. Researchers listed here are not connected with the Lamar County Genealogical Society nor this website. They are independent researchers and are listed as a public service.

Debra Usry: Will do obit, deed, probate, research, etc., for the public in Lamar and Red River counties as well as other surrounding counties in N.E. Texas and S.E. Oklahoma. From June to September, will do Obituary and Marriage look-ups ONLY. Contact her at lamarcogirl@aol.com.

Johnie Lee: Will do newspaper research, courthouse, census, other microfilmed records, search of published material, etc., especially in Red River and Lamar counties

Betsy Mills: Will do research for public, especially obituaries, comprehensive family research, genealogy classes and guided research. Specializes in Lamar and Red River counties. For information, see website.

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