Texas Genealogy Trails

Genealogy Trails History Group

Welcome to Howard County Texas Genealogy Trails!

Volunteers dedicated to putting free data online

Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers


This Howard County Website
is available for adoption.


If you have a love for history, a desire to help others, and basic web-authoring skills, consider joining us!
Get the details on our Volunteer Page.  If hosting isn't for you, we can use your help in other ways.
[A desire to transcribe data and knowledge of how to make a basic webpage is required.] 

We regret that we are unable to
perform personal research for anybody.

Howard County

Howard County was formed from Bexar County on August 21, 1876, and named for Volney Erskine Howard, a United States congressman from Texas in the 1840s and 1850s. It was attached to Mitchell County in 1881 for legal administration, then organized in 1882. Big Spring was designated as county seat.

Construction of the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1881 benefited Howard County and particularly Big Spring, where a railroad-maintenance shop provided a stable payroll. The arrival of the railroad also spurred the growth of Big Spring into a major trading center.

During the 1880s and 1890s the population grew rapidly. In 1880 the entire county had a population of only fifty; by 1900 the number of residents had increased to 2,525. Among the county's notable residents in its early years was Harvey Wallace Caylor, who in 1893 moved to Big Spring, where he painted portraits and western scenes and wrote for western magazines.

Cities, Towns and Communities

Big Spring 

Sand Springs 


Check your attics!
Dust off your family scrapbooks!
We're looking for DATA for this site!!!

If you are interested in adding your families' information to this website, Email Us.
We'll be happy to help your families' obituaries, news items and other historical data find a home here
at Texas Genealogy Trails, where it will remain free for all to view.

Howard County Online Data

Church Histories / Records

County Records

Family Bibles and Records

Miscellaneous Data

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
December 2014: Bio: SMITH
November 2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties
August 2014: History of Howard County; Mil: WW2 Army Casualty Honor Roll; Korean War Casualties 



Submit an Obituary to Us

for any of our county sites.


Join our Genealogy Trails Southwestern States Mailing List
to get email notices when our county sites are updated.

For the Southwestern States of :
Texas -- New Mexico -- Oklahoma -- Nevada -- Arizona


Texas Genealogy Trails
State Site

Surrounding Counties

Borden County (north)
Mitchell County (east)
Sterling County (southeast)
Glasscock County (south)
Martin County (west)

Click here to select another county

Genealogy Trails History Group
Visit the national site of

All data on this website is  Copyright by Genealogy Trails with full rights reserved for original submitters.  All Rights Reserved