One of the first reasons to visit neighboring counties is to determine when those counties were formed in terms of the availability of county records. It is especially important to determine if your county was formed from one of the neighboring counties because your ancestors records may be back in the "mother" county. If other neighboring counties were broken off from yours (likely in Fannin county) and your ancestors suddenly disappear from records, you might just look "next door".
For this reason, we have attempted to provide a brief descripition of the formation of each of our surrounding counties along with the links to those counties. Please, utilize the links provided to dig deeper into the formation of our neighboring counties and the availablity of their records.