Cleburne County Records

Marriage records indexes: 1883 - 1949
Indexes to marriages show names of groom and bride, dates of marriage, and book and page number of recording.

Marriage records: 1883 - 1950
Marriage records consisting of copies of original marriage bond, affidavit of application, Marriage records consist of copies of original marriage bond, affidavit of application, certificate of marriage, and certificate of recording. Before 1874, records show only name of bride and groom, date of marriage, and name of person performing ceremony. After 1874, records show name, age, and residence of bride and groom, name of surety bondsman, date of ceremony, and name of person performing ceremony. If either party is under age, record may contain affidavit of consent from parent or guardian. Records usually filed chronologically by date of recording. Individual volumes may have internal indexes.

Will records: 1900 - 1923
Transcriptions of original wills filed with the probate court contain name of deceased (testator), names of heirs, and names of witnesses, proofs of will, names and oaths of subscribing witnesses, date of filing, and signature of clerk. In some cases, the record contains the date of death of the deceased. Volumes may contain internal indexes with name of deceased indexed by the first letter of last name.

Probate court records: 1883 - 1897
Records of proceedings in probate court show title of case, names of deceased, heirs, wards, guardians, administrator or executor, attorneys, trial date, finding of court, order of custody of person or property, motions, petitions, and pleadings. Filed chronologically by court date. Volumes may contain an internal index by the first letter of the last name of the deceased, administrator, or ward.

Probate bonds and letters: [1883 - 1918]
Records of administrator’s, guardian’s, or executor’s bonds and letters filed in probate court guaranteeing faithful performance of official duties contain name of deceased, date of death, name of administrator, guardian, or executor, as well as names of bondsmen/sureties, minors, date executed, and certificate of record. Each volume contains an internal index with names indexed by the first letter of the last name of the deceased.

Deed records indexes: 1876 - 1937
Direct/Indirect (grantor/grantor) indexes to deeds and mortgages show names of buyer and seller, nature of deed or other instrument, legal description of land, description of other property, amount of consideration, date executed, date signed, and date of entry. Volumes indexed by the first letter of the last name of buyer (grantee) or seller (grantor).

Deed records: 1851 - 1889
Record of deeds and other instruments executed to convey title or mortgage property may also contain affidavits, court decrees, slave sales, manumission records, homestead certificates, marriage records and contracts, land redemption records, liens, chattel mortgages, official bonds and appointments, articles of incorporation or association, and land plats. Records filed more or less chronologically. Books may have internal index by name of grantee and grantor.

Early tax records: none available

Personal property tax records: 1884 - 1894
Record of personal property assessment and payment show name of taxpayer, township or school district of residence, number of males assessed or paying poll tax, lists of personal property owned, total assessed valuation, and amount of taxes owned. Record may also indicate if tax payments are delinquent. Records are more or less in chronological order. Names are in alphabetical order by first letter of last name by township or school district.

Real estate tax records: none available

County court records: none available

Circuit court records: none available

Chancery court records: 1883 - 1966
The chancery or equity court has jurisdiction over disputes between individuals or between individuals and entities such as businesses rather than over matters of the breach of law. Deals with divorce, alimony, custody of minors, personal debt, foreclosures, disputes concerning estates, property, and contracts. Records contain names of plaintiffs, defendants, witnesses, lawyers, as well as verdicts, judgments, and court orders. Arranged chronologically by court date. Each volume contains an internal index by first letter of the last name of plaintiff and defendant. For chancery actions before 1839, see early circuit court records.

County surveyor’s records and plats: 1911 - 1949
Records created by the county surveyor contain land plats, legal descriptions, names of parties, dower claims, etc.

Naturalization records: 1909 - 1920
Records of declarations and petitions of aliens of their intent to become citizens show name, age, occupation, personal description, place of birth, last foreign residence, etc. Volumes indexed by the first letter of the last name of alien.

County school census records: 1925 – 1941
Records of enumerations of children of school age within the county show child’s name, birth date, name of parent, address, name of school district, etc. Arranged by district name and by year.