In preparing for a family history research trip to Newton County, Texas, the two most important stops are the Newton County Historical Commission and the Newton County Clerk's office. Fortunately, they are within walking distance of one another. The Historical Commission is housed in the same building as the public library and has about 2,000 square feet of artifact displays, and probably 200 linear feet of bookshelf materials. It is staffed with volunteers who are knowledgeable about the collection, but may not be knowledgeable about the records in the County Clerk's office.
The county clerk's office has land and marriage records along with a variety of court records from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Newton County, Texas is a small county but has quite good historical and family history resources, especially for county with a small population base.