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COUNTY INFORMATION In 1845 voters in the future Dallas County approved the annexation of Texas to the United States by a vote of 29 to 3. On March 30, 1846, Dallas County was officially formed by order of the state legislature from portions of Nacogdoches and Robertson counties, and named probably for George Mifflin Dallas, vice president of the United States under James K. Polk . At Dallas, the temporary county seat, a log cabin was built to serve as a courthouse. In 1850 an election was held to find a permanent county seat.
In 1861, since Dallas County was the food-producing center for North Texas, the Confederate government established a general quartermaster's and commissary headquarters for the army of the Trans-Mississippi Department there.
Throughout its history Dallas County had a vigorous Hispanic population, but it was difficult to detect in official records because until the 1960s Mexican Americans were listed as white in the census and were not enumerated as a separate group.
Photo by Joe Mabel CC BY-SA 3.0 FORMER DALLAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE - "OLD RED"
CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
* Carrollton * Cedar Hill * Combine * Coppell * Dallas (county seat) * Garland * Glenn Heights *
* Grand Prairie * Grapevine * Mesquite * Richardson * Rowlett * Sachse * Seagoville * Balch Springs * Cockrell Hill * DeSoto * Duncanville * Farmers Branch * Hutchins * Irving * Lancaster * Oak Cliff * University Park * Wilmer * Addison * Highland Park * Plano * Sunnyvale * Sand Branch *
Historical CommunitiesAlpha (not incorporated)
Buckingham (Annexed by Richardson in 1996)
Cedar Springs (Annexed by Dallas - First Settled in February 1841. In 1929 the community was annexed by the city of Dallas. )
Duck Creek (merged into Garland in 1887)
East Dallas (annexed by the city of Dallas in 1890 but was once a city of its own)Elam
Embree (merged into Garland in 1887)
Fruitdale (annexed by Dallas in 1964)
Hatterville (Merged into Sunnyvale in 1953)
Hord's Ridge (Merged by Oak Cliff in 1887)
Kleberg (Absorbed by City of Dallas in 1978)
La Reunion (Absorbed by City of Dallas in 1860)
Letot (Northwest Dallas County, annexed by Dallas)
Long Creek (Merged into Sunnyvale in 1953)
New Hope (Merged into Sunnyvale in 1953 - not to be confused with the Collin County town of the same name)
Noel Junction not incorporated, Addison/Dallas
Oak Cliff (Annexed by Dallas in 1903)
Penn Springs (Annexed by Duncanville in 1947)
Pleasant Grove (Annexed by Dallas by 1962)
Preston Hollow (Annexed by Dallas in 1945)
Renner (annexed by Dallas in 1977)
Rylie (annexed by Dallas in 1978)
Trinity Mills (Annexed by Carrollton)
Tripp (Merged into Sunnyvale in 1953)
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Online Data Wills/Probate Records Website Updates:Oct 2017: Crime News: PARA, FLORES - Transcribed by Heather HolleySept 2017: Towns: La Reunion, Duncanville; Crime News: COWART, THURMOND - Transcribed by Robin Line; Website updated and pages are mobile friendly;Aug 2017: News: JOHNSON
Jun 2017: Land: MILLER, SCHMIDT, BRACKNEY, DAUGHTERY, ARMSTRONG, WETHERINGTON, SCHUMATE, SCHUMARD, GILLESPIE, SHARP
Feb 2017: News: JONES, PHILLIPS, DALE, BELO, CURTIS, ROSSER, FEARN, BARRY, SMITH, MCGINNIS
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