County clerk’s office provides multiple services
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
Second in a Series Most people realize they can get a marriage license in the county clerk’s office, but the office provides several other services as well. Bridget Lamb has served as the Houston County Clerk for 26 years. She was born in Crockett, then lived in Kennard and went to school there. Lamb currently lives in Crockett. Lamb said the biggest change she has seen in the office is the transformation to computerized records. The county is online with birth certificates, Lamb said, so anybody born in Texas can go online and get a copy of his/her birth certificate. In “the old days,” one had to go back to the birth county. In addition to getting marriage licenses on the second floor of the Houston County Courthouse in the clerk’s office, citizens can get death certificates and military discharge records. She said 132 marriage licenses were issued in Houston County in 2009. Also, marks and brands for livestock are recorded, and real property documents are filed. Lamb said her office also handles probate documents and criminal and civil records for the county court-at-law. The county clerk’s office also handles all elections. On this note, Lamb said citizens can get an application for a ballot by mail up to Oct. 26, and the ballot must returned by election day, Nov. 2. The county clerk’s office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including the lunch hour.