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Welcome to Ellis County, Texas TXGenWeb

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

The Mike Basham Memorial TXGenWeb Project County of the Month


Ellis County Courthouse        
TXGenWeb and all of the USGenWeb projects celebrated our 20th anniversary online three years ago. We are awfully proud that the project is still strong and viable, and that it continues to get even better. We are looking forward to the next 20 years.

This website is dedicated to the memory of Barbara Jeanne Roach Knox, 1923-2016
County Coordinator of Ellis County
TXGenWeb for 20 years.

Shirley Cullum

In Memory of Shirley Ann Cullum, 1946-2019

Shirley Cullum passed away on August 8, 2019. She was the longest serving State Coordinator for the TXGenWeb Project (13 years) and loved by all. She will be missed greatly by all of us.

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 Coordinator, with your inquiries about this website.

What's New

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Texas map showing the location of Ellis County


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.

  Newspapers on Microfilm at Sims Library, Waxahachie

Memorial Page for fallen TXGenWeb volunteers and contributors.


Local Records

  Bible Records - are intermingled with Pioneers of Ellis County
  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 of 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



  African Americans in Ellis County
  Letters From The Past
  Pioneers of Ellis County
  Avalon Pioneer Settlers
  Sheriffs That Served Ellis County
  A List of Fugitives From Justice



  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
  Naughton Farms - a large mail order nursery, located in Waxahachie
  Waxahachie Rail Car Company



  Yesterday's News in Ellis County - Abstracts from early area newspapers.
  There's No Business Like Show Business - Movies and commercials filmed in Ellis County
  Electricity Comes to Ellis County
  If All Else Fails, Try the Jails


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
  Cemeteries of Texas

History of the Lone Star State - TEXAS

  The Texas Centennial, 1836-1936 - on TexasEscapes.com
  The Portal to Texas History


Select TXGenWeb and USGenWeb Links

  The USGenWeb Project - Home Page
  The TXGenWeb Project - Home Page
  TXGenWeb's list of all Texas County Websites
  The TXGenWeb Project Orphan Counties - Adopt a county and become part of our team.
  The Ellis County Archives - (in The USGenWeb Archives Project)
  Ellis County Cemetery Photographs - (in The Tombstone Transcription Project)
  The Texas Archives - (in The USGenWeb Archives Project)
  Texas Postcards - (a Special Project of the TXGenWeb)
  Headstone Emblems - (a Special Project of the TXGenWeb)
  Texas Gold Star Mothers and Widows - (on the TXGenWeb State Website)


Other Useful Links

  DAR Genealogical Research System
  DRT Library Weblog


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TXGenWeb STAFF: If you have a question or comment about the Ellis County website, please contact the County Coordinators listed near the top of this page. If you need to speak with a higher authority or have questions about state related matters, you should contact Gina Heffernan, the TXGenWeb State Coordinator, or one of the Assistant State Coordinators, Jane Keppler, Carla Clifton or Bunny Freeman.

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VOLUNTEER: There are always volunteer opportunities in becoming a County Coordinator in the TXGenWeb Project. If you are interested in adopting a county, please check out the Orphan Counties list and then contact Bunny Freeman. If this is too much to bite off at one time, then contact any existing County Coordinator and ask how you can help them.  They may need someone to transcribe records, photograph cemeteries, or do Look-Ups out of books you own or have access to. The time you devote is up to you.

SURFING: We can always use another hand at Surfing TXGenWeb county websites. This is a program where volunteers surf a set of counties once a month to help select a website worthy of being named County of the Month.  Contact Laura Gregory Roberts, the Committee Chairperson, if you might be interested. You do not have to be a county coordinator to volunteer as a Surfer. Best of all... This only requires about 2 to 4 hours per month of your time.  The County of the Month is judged based on this Basic Criteria.

Speaking of the County of the Month, if you think that Ellis County TXGenWeb should be considered for this award, please put in a good word for us on the County of the Month Nomination Form. Thank you.

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