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Erath County Genealogical Society

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The Erath County Genealogical Society serves as a forum for researchers tracing families in Erath and surrounding counties. Membership dues and donations are used for acquisitions in the society's collection, which is housed at the Dublin Public Library.


Membership dues are $15.00 per year. Members receive a subscription to the Society's journal, The Erath County Genealogical Society Journal. Members residing within Erath County may borrow books from the society's circulating collection.

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The Erath County Genealogical Society meets on a quarterly basis at the Dublin Public Library. Meetings are usually held at 2:00 p.m. on the third Saturdays of January, April, July, and October. Future meeting dates include January 20, April 20, July 20, and Friday, October 18.  Contact for additional information.


Society volunteers will research look-ups in the society genealogical collection held at the Dublin Public Library.  Our extensive repository includes assets not readily available elsewhere.  We have rare out of print items specific to Erath and surrounding counties.  Our holdings represent over 40 states [including over a 100 books about GA & TN, 200 for VA & the Carolinas], over 100 about a foreign country, some 400 Family Histories, and over 1000 materials about Texas Counties. Early Erath area newspapers are generally available from 1888 to present (some years are incomplete).  Browse the Dublin Public Library catalog for subjects and titles or ask for assistance.  Submit your completed Research Request Form to ECGS, c/o Dublin Public Library, P.O. Box 427, Dublin, Texas 76446.

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Stop by the genealogy room during library hours or schedule an appointment for genealogy assistance. Please contact the library if you wish to volunteer in the genealogy room.  

Note that the Library does not have birth, marriage or death certificates but may have an abstracted listing with the information. For certificates contact the Erath County Clerk office at 100 W. Washington, Stephenville, TX 76401 or phone (254) 965-1482.

Janella Hendon will assist with genealogy help by appointment.

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For more information call 254-445-4141.

Volunteers are needed to aid patrons with research. If you would like to volunteer on a weekly basis , please call the library. A benefit of volunteering as a genealogy researcher is you are able to work on your own family research.


Researchers are encouraged to submit abstracted data, ancestor charts, family group sheets, bible records and biographical sketches for preservation in the society's files and/or publication in The Erath County Genealogical Society Journal.  Donations of books, CDs, microfilm, etc. are greatly appreciated.



Sheryl Rascher, President

Mary Sue Peacock, Vice-President

Dana Herod, Treasurer

Mary Howard, Secretary


ERATH COUNTY RESOURCES search the Dublin Public Library catalog find items in a library near you,_Texas_Genealogy Erath cemetery interments Library of Congress Erath items 1896 map of Erath County maps Rady Farrar’s Erath Kin research early resident biographies some county clerk records  Texas Historical Markers  Texas Historical Commission Erath County search Erath County for Land Grants Tarleton State University Dick Smith Library Cross Timbers Historical Images Project - 19th and 20th century images of Central Texas, including but not limited to Erath County, Hamilton County, Hood County, Somervell County, Palo Pinto County, Comanche County, and Eastland County Collection  University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, photographs Texas Forts Trail includes numerous Erath stories  Thurber history sources


Newspapers printed in Erath County:

Keep in mind that Erath events also appeared in papers published in other counties. Papers published in Erath county include:

The Erath Appeal, 1899

Stephenville Empire-Tribune  2000-current (subscription) 1930-1978 Full text of selected issues available through open access to Newspaper Archive. Use "Browse by Date" to choose from digitized issues. selected articles 

Portal to Texas History

Also look for Erath stories in other counties at this site.  Filter by Erath County to find these:

The Dublin Gazette


Central Texas Journal


Erath County Democrat


The Tribune


The Thurber Journal


Texas Dairy Review


The Stephenville Empire

1882-1886, 1888-1900, 1904-1913, 1915-1916

The Dublin Progress

1888-1889, 1891-1900, 1902-1916, 1923-1933,1936-1978, 1981-1991

The Dublin Progress and Telephone


The Stephenville Tribune

1896, 1898, 1905, 1908-1917, 1920-1923

Texas Mining and Trade Journal


The Dublin Weekly Telephone



1919-1921, 1923-2015

Stephenville Empire-Tribune

1936, 1943, 2012, 2014

The Dublin Shamrock News


The Dublin Citizen



Texas Resources  Texas Historical Commission Texas State Historical Association Portal to Texas History [Most early Erath newspapers are housed here.] rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas, such as articles, artwork, books, documents, journals, letters, magazines, maps, musical scores, newsletters, newspapers, pamphlets, patents, photographs, poems, postcards, posters, scripts, technical drawings, theses or dissertations, videos, yearbooks Texas State Library and Archives Commission Texas General Land Office History site provides Surname Index, Land Grant Search, Collections and Research Links Texas residents contact your area public library for TexShare access. HeritageQuest, Texas Sanborn maps, newspapers, Texas Reference Center and more


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