Bell County Genealogical Society
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Content of this page last updated June 12, 2017
If you did not find a record in Austin for a birth or death that occurred in City of Temple, be sure to look at City of Temple for the record. Records for births and deaths that occur in City of Temple are recorded there and transferred to Austin, but there is the possibility a record did not transfer.
Consider using the 1910 U. S. Census to learn if an ancestor was a survivor of the Confederate or Union army or navy. Values in the census column may be "UA"=Union Army, "UN=Union Navy, "CA=Confederate Army, or "CN"=Confederate Navy. Note that as with all census data, the information should be confirmed through other records.
LOCAL RESEARCH FACILITIES:
OTHER RESEARCH RESOURCES:
Bell County Genealogical Society obituary request (To request the society conduct a search of local newspapers (The Temple Daily Telegram or The Belton Journal), complete and submit the form via email or US mail).
Bell County Probate Index (Prepared by the society, this is an index to probate records at Bell County Courthouse dating from the 1850s to the 1930s, with several records of earlier/later dates and others without dates; index is sorted by surname). Probate records referenced in this index are available for review at:
Bell County Clerk - Shelley Coston
Bell County Justice Center
1201 Huey Road
Belton, Texas 76513
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 480, Belton, Texas, 76513
Register of Births Bell County Book A (Abstract includes names and dates.)
Goodeville Cemetery (Abstract of burial sites.)
Microfilm Index for Temple Public Library (Prepared by the society, this index includes microfilm available for viewing at the library as of June 2011; follow the link for library hours and contact information; index sorted by record type, then location). The library's microfilm collection extends beyond Texas records, to states such as Arkansas, Alabama, and South Carolina, and includes for example church, court and deed records, store ledgers, and newspapers. These are just examples. Please take a look at the index for records and locations of interest to you. The index details the type of records and location and dates covered.
Temple Public Library (Search their holdings using keywords such as "genealogy" and "history". Note the option to limit a search to "new items.")
Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center (Located in La Grange, Texas, the library is dedicated to Czech genealogy research.)