Here's a corrected version of my comment (which I have deleted since there was an error):

"The basic idea that underlies their description is that given a manifold $X$ with a Lie group of automorphisms $G$, every tangent vector at the origin of $G$ (ie an element of the Lie algebra of $G$) induces a vector field $V$ on $X$ in the obvious way - namely given $z\in Lie(G)$, at every point $x\in X$, the tangent vector $V_x$ is represented by the curve $\{exp(tz)(x)\}_{t\in (-1,1)}\subset X$. In the cases described in the book, they're claiming that this association yields an isomorphism between the appropriate spaces."

What follows are some more details:

I learned to think about the tangent sheaf from studying deformation theory (mostly from Hartshorne's book).

Here is some definitions and facts:

Let $X_0$ be a scheme over a field $k$. Let $D$ denote the dual numbers $k[t]/(t^2)$. A deformation of $X_0$ over $D$ is by definition a pair $(X,i)$, where $X$ is a scheme flat over $D$ and $i$ is an isomorphism:
$$i : X_0\stackrel{\sim}{\longrightarrow} X\times_D k$$
A morphism between two deformations $(X,i)\rightarrow (X',i')$ is a morphism $f : X\rightarrow X'$ whose restriction to the central fiber over $k$ is an isomorphism respecting $i,i'$ (if $f_0$ is the restriction of $f$ to the central fiber then we require that $f_0\circ i = i'$).

Thus, we have a category of deformations of $X_0$ over $D$, so we may speak of automorphisms, and so on. Note that an automorphism of a deformation is just an automorphism of the $D$-scheme which induces the identity on its central fiber over $k$. Such automorphisms are called "infinitesimal automorphisms".

Here is a theorem:

**Theorem:** Let $X_0$ be a scheme over $k$ (maybe one needs some finiteness assumptions, but I don't think so), and let $(X,i)$ be a deformation of $X_0$ over $D$. Then the automorphism group of $(X,i)$ is naturally isomorphic to $H^0(X_0,\mathcal{T}_{X_0})$, where $\mathcal{T}_{X_0}$ is the (relative) tangent sheaf of $X_0/k$ (this is your $\Theta_X$).

When $X_0$ is affine, this is the statement of exercise 5.2 in Hartshorne's book "Deformation theory" (In his notation, $T^0(B/k,B)$ is the tangent module of the $k$-algebra $B$, written in this way due to his use of the "$T^i$" functors - see Chapter 4). For general $X$, the tangent modules associated to the open affines of $X_0$ glue to form the tangent sheaf, and once you understand how elements of the tangent module (ie, a vector field) is identified with an automorphism, then it becomes clear that this gluing respects the identification between vector fields and automorphisms.

Taking the theorem for granted, we find that the automorphism group of any two deformations of $X_0$ are the same. Thus, it suffices to consider the trivial deformation $X := X_0\times_k D$. For simplicity let's now assume that $X_0$ is projective over $k$. To the scheme $X_0/k$ we may associate the automorphism group sheaf of $X_0$, which is the contravariant functor from the category of $k$-schemes to the category of groups which associates to every $k$-scheme $S$ the group $Aut_S(X_0\times_k S)$. This functor is a sheaf relative to pretty much any Grothendieck topology you might have heard of - specifically, it will be a sheaf for any "subcanonical" topology. Let's call this sheaf/functor $A_X$. When $S = \text{Spec }D$, the inclusion map $\text{Spec }k\hookrightarrow\text{Spec }D$ yields a restriction map $A_X(D)\rightarrow A_X(k)$, which is a homomorphism of groups, and the kernel of this map is precisely the group of automorphisms of the trivial deformation $X = X_0\times_k D$. On the other hand, under our assumptions on $X_0$ being projective over $k$, $A_X$ is representable - that means that there is a group scheme $G$ over $k$ and an isomorphism of functors $A_X\cong Hom_k(*,G)$ on the category of $k$-schemes. In general this representability holds when $X_0$ is flat and projective over $k$ (of course flatness is automatic for us since we're over a field). Thus, we now find that the automorphism group of the trivial deformation $X$ is the kernel of the map
$$Hom_k(\text{Spec }D,G)\rightarrow Hom_k(\text{Spec }k,G)$$
but this kernel is just another definition of the tangent space of $G$ at the origin, which is nothing but the Lie algebra of $G$.

Thus, in short, for pretty much any $k$-scheme $X_0$, sections of the tangent sheaf are the same as infinitesimal automorphisms of your scheme, and at least if $X_0$ is projective then this is in turn the same as tangent vectors of the automorphism group scheme at the identity. Here projectivity can be replaced by something which is "suitably nice". Perhaps other experts can comment on what suffices for "suitably nice".

In your situation, $\mathbb{P}^1$ has a 3-dimensional group of automorphisms, whence a three-dimensional space of global vector fields. Genus 1 curves carry a 1-dimensional group of automorphisms, whence a 1-dimensional space of global vector fields, and genus $\ge 2$ curves have a finite group of automorphisms, whence a 0-dimensional space of global vector fields.