Clark County, Arkansas Genealogy

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Guide to Clark County, Arkansas ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Arkadelphia
Organized: December 15, 1818
Parent County(s): Arkansas [1]
Neighboring Counties
Dallas  • Hot Spring  • Montgomery  • Nevada  • Ouachita  • Pike
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

Little Missouri River Bridge, Prescott in Clark County, AR

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named after William Clark. It is located in the southwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clark County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
401 Clay Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Phone: 870.246.4491
Clark County website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1821, land records from 1819, and probate records from 1800.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.[3]

Clark County, Arkansas[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1821 1914* 1838 1819 1800 1830
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1818--Clark County was created 15 December 1818 from Arkansas County. 
  • County seat: Arkadelphia[5]
  • Border with Pulaski changed 30 October 1823
  • Union County created in 1829
  • Hot Spring County created in 1829
  • Pike County created in 1833
  • Dallas County created in 1845
  • Border with Hot Spring and Dallas changed 3 April 1868
  • Part of Clark added to Pike 22 April 1873
  • Border with Montgomery changed 24 April 1873
  • Border with Pike changed 8 March 1877

For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps" (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Adams
  • Alpine
  • Antoine
  • Anvil
  • Ashton (or Joslyn)
  • Atlee
  • Beech Creek
  • Beirne
  • Bradsha
  • Copeland Ridge
  • Curtis
  • Elm Point
  • Flanagans
  • Gravel Junction
  • Graysonia
  • Greenville
  • Gurdon Junction
  • Hardages
  • Hearn
  • Hebron
  • Keyton
  • Leard
  • Manchester
  • Midway
  • Mill Creek
  • Raymond
  • Reeves
  • Rome
  • Scotts
  • Shawmut
  • Sloan
  • Tate
  • Terre Noir
  • Tupelo Springs
  • Weaver
Census-designated places
  • Barringer
  • Bethel
  • Boswell
  • Burtsell
  • Central
  • Clear Spring
  • Daleville
  • De Gray
  • Dobyville
  • Fendley
  • Griffithtown
  • Halfway
  • Haretown
  • Hollywood
  • Joan
  • Kansas
  • Knoxville
  • Lenox
  • Love Creek
  • Majors
  • Meeks Settlement
  • Pike Junction
  • Red Springs
  • Richwoods
  • Shakertown
  • Smithton
  • Smyrna
  • Sycamore
  • Trace
  • Vaden
Townships
  • Caddo


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Clark County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [7]

  • 1700s - Europeans continued to explore and occupy the area, but Indians had largely vacated.
  • 1803 - Permanent settlement by Americans occurred soon after the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1818 - December 15, Clark County was founded as part of Missouri Territory.
  • 1860 - The county had become a thriving community of agriculture, commerce, and education.
  • 1932 - Clark County suffered along with the rest of Arkansas from the effects of the Great Depression.
  • 1939-1945 - World War II stimulated the development of small industry in the county.
  • 1930-1970 - The county lost 13.6 percent of its population.
  • 1980s - Clark County’s economy declined.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Clark, Arkansas online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Arkansas Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Arkansas County cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 1,369
1840 2,309 68.7%
1850 4,070 76.3%
1860 9,735 139.2%
1870 11,953 22.8%
1880 15,771 31.9%
1890 20,997 33.1%
1900 21,289 1.4%
1910 23,686 11.3%
1920 25,632 8.2%
1930 24,932 −2.7%
1940 24,402 −2.1%
1950 22,998 −5.8%
1960 20,950 −8.9%
1970 21,537 2.8%
1980 23,326 8.3%
1990 21,437 −8.1%
2000 23,546 9.8%
2010 22,995 −2.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Federal Census reports for Clark County are available for 1830-1930 including Industry and Agriculture Schedules 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880; Slave Schedules for 1850 & 1860; and Mortality Schedules for the years 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880.

  • 1820 is missing
  • 1830 and 1840 - Check the Arkansas Census page for availability. Searchable index on Ancestry.
  • 1850 - 1920 Census- Searchable index on FamilySearch
  • 1890 Census substitution was compiled by William L. Newberry from the Tax Receipt Book for 1890.[8]

For more information about the using the census in Arkansas, please refer to the Arkansas Census page.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes- How to Use this Collection

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Clark County Court Clerk has court records beginning in 1838.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Clark County Court Clerk has land records beginning in 1819. Remember that original land sales and grants were often with the US Government and are part of the General Land Office Records not the local county records.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Clark County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Montgomery CountyGarland CountyHot Spring CountyDallas CountyOuachita CountyNevada CountyHempstead CountyPike CountyAR CLARK.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Men in Clark County served in various regiments and companies. Those listed below were specifically formed in this county:

- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Colquitt's) (Confederate)
- 2nd Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate), Companies E and F
- 6th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate) , Company F
- 8th Battalion, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- 33rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies E and H

Online Records

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Clark County.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clark newspapers in online catalogs like:


Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

  • "History of Clark County" by Laura Scott Butler. Publications of the Arkansas Historical Association - v. 2 (1908), p. 362-394. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

The county clerk has probate records starting in 1840.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Statewide registration of births and deaths began 1 February 1914, and have a limited availability through the Arkansas Vital Records Department of the Arkansas Health Department. The Arkansas History Commission keeps an alphabetical listing of deaths in Arkansas dating from 1914 through 1949, but they do not have the actual death records. They have shared this listing of deaths with Ancestry.com $ (Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950)

Clark County, Arkansas records compiled by Mrs. Frank Austin Gerig. Includes some vital, property, and probate records with index.) FHL US/CAN Film 844407 Items 4-5

Birth[edit | edit source]

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In 1877, a few county and city clerks[11] started keeping birth and death records.

In 1914, the state law required all county clerks to record births and forward them to the state.

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See also: • Arkansas Online Genealogy Records, • How to Find Arkansas Birth Records and • Arkansas Vital Records—Birth.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Clark County Court Clerk has marriage records beginning in 1821. Many of these have been microfilmed and are available through the Family History Library, Salt Lake, UT:

Death[edit | edit source]

  • Clark County, Arkansas : Arkadelphia & environs, a journal by James A. Fortson, recorded, 1875-1897 by Fortson, James A, 1829-1898 transcribed and edited by Linda Shaddock Rogers. (45 pages; Includes vital record information, primarily deaths. Includes full-name index.) FHL US/CAN Book 976.749 D3f

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Voter Records[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Clark County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Arkansas Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Clark County. For state-wide library facilities, see Arkansas Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Clark County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Arkansas Societies.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • ARGenWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb Archives. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • RootsWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • Linkpendium. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • CyndisList. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Clark County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_County,_Arkansas
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clark County, Arkansas. Page 67 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 65.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Clark County, Arkansas" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_County,_Arkansas#Communities, accessed 31 August 2018.
  7. Norma S. Arnold, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=754&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 11, 2016), “Clark County.”
  8. William L. Newberry, 1890 census of Clark County, Arkansas, (Arkadelphia, Arkansas: Clark County Historical Association, c1988)FHL US/CAN Book 976.749 R48n
  9. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas : Arkansas Research, c1987), pp. 33-92 FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  10. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  11. such as Sebastian County (Fort Smith) and Pulaski County (Little Rock) (No entry in FamilySearch Catalog found for Pulaski County nor for Little Rock, Aug 2014)
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.
  13. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.