Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

My cousin Susan just sent me the following newspaper clipping from the Whitney (TX) Lakelander (I’ve also included the online version):

Hill Co marriagesMarriage licenses available from 1800s-1900s

HILLSBORO – Over 8,700 unclaimed Hill County marriage licenses are still available for family descendants to claim.

The earliest license is dated 1873 and the latest is in the 1950s. Most licenses contain dates ranging from 1880–1930. So far, 164 licenses have been returned to family members since the Hill County Historical Commission and the Hill County Genealogical Society completed the project in September.

The unclaimed marriage licenses are stored in the Hill County Historical Commission office in the John Erwin Courthouse Annex, 200 E. Franklin St., in Hillsboro. The documents had been stored by the office of the Hill County Clerk until they were transferred to the Hill County Historical Commission for safekeeping.

Indexes of unclaimed marriage licenses in Hill County are available in the Genealogical Section of Hillsboro City Library. If your ancestors are listed, the original marriage license is available.

To request the original license, contact Mollie and Bill Stinson at P.O. Box 1134, Hillsboro, TX 76645; 254 582-3242; or

Please provide: the name of your ancestors, both bride and groom; the year the marriage took place; box number of the index where you found the marriage listed; your name and address including zip code; your telephone including area code; $1 to cover mailing and handling (there is no charge for the license). The marriage license will be mailed to you.

Volunteers will search the Unclaimed Marriage License Index for you if you live out of town. Send the name of the bride and the groom and the approximate year they married if you know it. Enclose $1 for mailing and handling and include your name, mailing address and phone number.

Other Hill County Genealogical Society members contributing to this project are Roy Bessire, Richard Greenhill, Mildred Lee, and Kathryn and Jim Atchison.

Looks like I need to get a list together and plan a trip to Hillsboro on my next day off!


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