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=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
  
The county was named after the Arkansas Indian tribe. The County Seats are Stuttgart (north district);
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The county was named after the Arkansas Indian tribe. It is located in the southeast central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Arkansas County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_County,_Arkansas.</ref>
De Witt (south district) and was founded December 13, 1813. It is located in the southeast central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Arkansas County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_County,_Arkansas.</ref>
 
  
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Arkansas County, Arkansas. Page 67 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
 
| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Arkansas County, Arkansas. Page 67 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
 
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| width="11%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''  
 
| width="11%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''  
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=== Populated Places ===
 
=== Populated Places ===
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. [https://arkansas.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,001,c,arkansas.cfm Hometown Locator]
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://arkansas.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,001,c,arkansas.cfm Hometown Locator].
 
The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors,"Arkansas County, Arkansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_County,_Arkansas#Communities, accessed 28 August 2018.</ref>
 
The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors,"Arkansas County, Arkansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_County,_Arkansas#Communities, accessed 28 August 2018.</ref>
  
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=93 Findagrave.com]
 
*[https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=93 Findagrave.com]
 
*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Arkansas&county=Arkansas&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
 
*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Arkansas&county=Arkansas&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=11374&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=67&stateAbbv=&stateName= Arkansas County Cemeteries by epodunk]
 
  
 
*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Arkansas Cemetery Records by Accessgenealogy]
 
*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Arkansas Cemetery Records by Accessgenealogy]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395513&reqParentsLabel=Arkansas%2C%20Arkansas%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
 
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"|<center>See '''[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Arkansas_Cemeteries Arkansas Cemeteries]''' for more information</center>
 
| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"|<center>See '''[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Arkansas_Cemeteries Arkansas Cemeteries]''' for more information</center>
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====Federal Census Records====
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Though the United States purchased Arkansas from the French in 1803, Anglo-American settlement of the area did not began in earnest until after the formal organization of the territory in 1819. Therefore, Arkansas does not appear in Federal Censuses before 1830. For links to federal census indexes, see [[Arkansas Census]].
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====Territorial and State Census Records====
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State censuses were taken at the state-level and territorial censuses were taken by the federal government. See [[Arkansas Census]] for more information about censuses taken in Arkansas.<br><br>
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*'''1819-1879''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3534/ Arkansas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1819-1870] at [https://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - index and images ($)
  
 
=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
  
{{AR Church Intro|Arkansas}}  
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{{AR Church Intro|Arkansas}}
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*'''1875-1899''' - {{RecordSearch|2790263|Nebraska, Church Records, 1875-1899}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index - [[Nebraska, Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395513&reqParentsLabel=Arkansas%2C%20Arkansas%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]'''
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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{{AR Guardianship Intro|Arkansas}}  
 
{{AR Guardianship Intro|Arkansas}}  
  
*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979|access=browse}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images; includes guardianships
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*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979|access=browse}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — images; includes guardianships
  
 
=== Land and Property Records  ===
 
=== Land and Property Records  ===
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{{AR Histories Intro|Arkansas}}  
 
{{AR Histories Intro|Arkansas}}  
  
*Halli Burton, W. H.. ''A topographical description and history of Arkansas County, Arkansas from 1541 to 1875''. unknown: unknown, 1903.  
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*''Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas.'' 1890. Chicago, St. Louis : The Goodspeed Publishing Co. Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/264042-biographical-and-historical-memoirs-of-eastern-arkansas-comprising-a-condensed-history-of-the-state-a-number-of-biographies-of-distinguished-citizens-of-the-same-a-brief-descriptive-history-of-each-of-the-counties?offset=6 FamilySearch Digital Library], [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009567153 Hathitrust], [https://archive.org/details/biographicalhist03good/page/n11/mode/2up Internet Archive]; {{WorldCat|794220986|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
**Online at [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/011441207 Hathi Trust Digital Library] (Free); and at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=26264 Ancestry.com] ($/Free<ref>May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator click here].</ref>)  
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*''A Topographical Description and History of Arkansas County, Arkansas From 1541 to 1875.'' c1978. By W.H. Halli-Burton. Easley, South Carolina : Southern Historical Press. Online at: [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=wu.89072963770&view=1up&seq=7 Hathitrust], [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/26264/ Ancestry ($)]; {{WorldCat|3692630|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
*See also [[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities_and_towns|Cities and towns]] for resources in the FamilySearch Catalog
 
  
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers  ===
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers  ===
  
 
{{AR Maps Intro}}  
 
{{AR Maps Intro}}  
{{NE Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{AR Arkansas County}}}}
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{{AR Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{AR Arkansas County}}}}
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395513&reqParentsLabel=Arkansas%2C%20Arkansas%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
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*[https://digitalheritage.arkansas.gov/maps/ Arkansas State Archives State Maps Collection] at [https://digitalheritage.arkansas.gov/ Arkansas Digital Archives]
  
 
=== Migration  ===
 
=== Migration  ===
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'''Online Records'''
 
'''Online Records'''
*'''1890-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|2126715|Arkansas Confederate Soldier Home,1890-1963}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1890-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|2126715|Arkansas Confederate Soldier Home,1890-1963}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images - [[Arkansas, Confederate Soldier Home Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images - [[Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
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*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images - [[Arkansas Confederate Pensions - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932392|Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932392|Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index - [[Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
'''Civil War Battle'''<br> The following Civil War battles were fought in Arkansas County:  
 
'''Civil War Battle'''<br> The following Civil War battles were fought in Arkansas County:  
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{{AR Probate Intro|Arkansas}}  
 
{{AR Probate Intro|Arkansas}}  
  
'''Online Probate Records'''  
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''Online Probate Indexes and Records''  
  
 
*'''1783 – 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8638 Arkansas Wills and Probate Records 1783-1998] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $  
 
*'''1783 – 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8638 Arkansas Wills and Probate Records 1783-1998] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $  
*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979|access=browse}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images; includes guardianships
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*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979|access=browse}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — images; includes guardianships - [[Arkansas Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
=== School Records  ===
 
=== School Records  ===
  
{{AR Schools Intro}}  
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{{AR Schools Intro}}
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===Social Security Records===
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*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
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*'''1936-2007''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry ($)] — index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
  
 
=== Tax Records  ===
 
=== Tax Records  ===
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==== Birth  ====
 
==== Birth  ====
  
{{AR Vital Records - Birth Intro|Arkansas}}  
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{{AR Birth Intro|Arkansas}}  
  
 
See Also&nbsp; [[How to Find Arkansas Birth Records|How to Find Arkansas Birth Records]]  
 
See Also&nbsp; [[How to Find Arkansas Birth Records|How to Find Arkansas Birth Records]]  
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*'''1779-1966''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=ar%2carkansas Arkansas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''1779-1966''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=ar%2carkansas Arkansas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
*'''1797-1921''' - Arkansas County Marriage Books B-S Index 1797-1921 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igiarkansasad.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf]].</ref>&nbsp;  
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*'''1797-1921''' - Arkansas County Marriage Books B-S Index 1797-1921 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igiarkansasad.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf]].</ref>&nbsp;  
*'''1860-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1860-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images - [[Arkansas Church Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1882-1947''' - Arkansas County Marriage Books F-Z, A1-B1 Index 1882-1947 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc">FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "[[Arkansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]," in ''FamilySearch Wiki,'' accessed 18 April 2013.</ref>  
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*'''1882-1947''' - Arkansas County Marriage Books F-Z, A1-B1 Index 1882-1947 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free. - [[Arkansas County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]<ref name="hc">FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "[[Arkansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arkansas County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records]]," in ''FamilySearch Wiki,'' accessed 18 April 2013.</ref>  
*'''1837-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records] — Free; Index
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*'''1837-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records] — Free; Index - [[Arkansas County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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*'''1917-1969''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61775/ Arkansas, Marriage Certificates, 1917-1969] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry.com] - index and images ($)
  
 
==== Death  ====
 
==== Death  ====
  
{{AR Death Intro|Arkansas}}  
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{{AR Death Intro|Arkansas}}
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*'''1914-1969''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61777/ Arkansas, Death Certificates, 1914-1969] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry.com] - index and images ($)
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*'''1935-1961''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10923/arkansas-death-index-1935-1961 Arkansas, Death Index, 1935-1961] at [https://www.myheritage.com/research MyHeritage] - index and images ($)
  
 
==== Divorce  ====
 
==== Divorce  ====
  
{{AR Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Arkansas}}  
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{{AR Divorce Intro|Arkansas}}
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*'''1923-1969''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61776/ Arkansas, Divorces, 1923-1969] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry.com] - index ($)
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=== Voter Records ===
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*'''1868-1910''' - {{RecordSearch|3499874|Arkansas, County Voter Registration Records, 1868-1910}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images - [[Arkansas, County Voter Registration Records - FamilySearch Historical Record|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
== Research Facilities  ==
 
== Research Facilities  ==
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=== Family History Centers  ===
 
=== Family History Centers  ===
  
{{Family History Centers Intro}}  
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
 
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
  
 
=== Libraries  ===
 
=== Libraries  ===
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**[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Arkansas+county%2C+arkansas&qt=results_page WorldCat] - Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].  
 
**[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Arkansas+county%2C+arkansas&qt=results_page WorldCat] - Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].  
 
**[http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=arkansas+county%2C+arkansas&te=ILS Allen County Public Library] - Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.  
 
**[http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=arkansas+county%2C+arkansas&te=ILS Allen County Public Library] - Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.  
**[http://www.ark-ives.com/documenting/county_records.aspx Arkansas History Commission] Select the county - Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.  
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**[https://digitalheritage.arkansas.gov/county-local-records/ Arkansas Digital Archives] - Select the county - Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.  
 
**Local libraries and [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]] may suggest other catalogs
 
**Local libraries and [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]] may suggest other catalogs
  
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== Societies  ==
 
== Societies  ==
  
{{AR Societies Intro|Arkansas}}  
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{{AR Societies Intro|Arkansas}}
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/arkansas/arkansas.htm USGenWeb Archives] Arkansas County - Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions  
 
:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/arkansas/arkansas.htm USGenWeb Archives] Arkansas County - Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions  
 
:*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Arkansas/ resources at RootsWeb ] - Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
 
:*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Arkansas/ resources at RootsWeb ] - Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
 
{{AR Ancestry to County|Arkansas}} '''More Arkansas County genealogy links'''<br>
 
 
:*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Arkansas/ Linkpendium] - Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 
:*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/arkansas/ CyndisList] - Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 
:*{{FHL Place IDNum|194428|Arkansas|Arkansas}} - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
 
  
 
== Research Guides  ==
 
== Research Guides  ==

Latest revision as of 20:40, 21 April 2021

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

County Facts
County seat: De Witt
Organized: December 31, 1813
Parent County(s): New Madrid (MO)
Neighboring Counties
Desha  • Jefferson  • Lincoln  • Lonoke  • Monroe  • Phillips  • Prairie
Courthouse
ArkansasArkansasCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named after the Arkansas Indian tribe. It is located in the southeast central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Arkansas County Courthouse
101 Court Square
DeWitt, AR 72042
Phone: 870.946.4349
Arkansas County Website

County Clerk has probate records from 1809 and marriage records from 1838;
Clerk Circuit Court has land records, divorce and court records from 1803 and military discharge records from 1917.[2]

Arkansas County, Arkansas Record Dates[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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1838 1914 1803 1803 1809 1830
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until the 1920s

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

1813--Arkansas County was created 31 December 1813. County seat: DeWitt. [4] Its existence predates the state of Akansas which was admitted to the union in 1836. Arkansas County was created from New Madrid County, Missouri Territory. Arkansas County was part of the Missouri Territory from 1813 to 1819 and part of the Arkansas Territory from 1819 to 1836.

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:[5]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Jacks Bay Landing
  • Kittlers
  • La Grue Springs
  • La Grue
  • Lodge Corner
  • Lookout
  • Mayview
  • Medina
  • Monica
  • Mount Adams
  • North Stuttgart
  • Olena
  • Ona
  • Osotouy
  • Parham
  • Prairie Landing
  • Prairie Union
  • Preston Ferry
  • Ricusky
  • Roberts
  • Sassafras
  • Sheppard Point
  • South Stuttgart
  • Stinking Bay
  • Super
  • Thomwall
  • Tichnor
  • Vallier
  • Van
  • Weber
  • West Bayou
  • Yoder
Townships
  • Barton
  • Brewer
  • Chester
  • Crockett
  • Garland
  • Gum Pond (most of Stuttgart)
  • Henton
  • Keaton
  • McFall
  • Mill Bayou
  • Morris (part of Stuttgart)
  • Point Deluce
  • Prairie
  • Stanley


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 Arkansas County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture[6]

  • 1686 - Henri de Tonti established Arkansas Post at the Quapaw village of Osotouy. It was the first semipermanent French settlement in the lower Mississippi River Valley and the first step in a long struggle between France, Spain, and England over the interior of North America.
  • 1813 - December 13 - Arkansas County was created and comprised about two-thirds of what is now Arkansas and part of eastern Oklahoma. More than half the state’s counties were formed from this original county.
  • 1824 - the dwindling remnant of Quapaw Indians at last yielded their lands for $4,000 and an annuity of $1,000 a year for the next eleven years. Thus, a good deal of what is now fine cotton land changed hands at a figure estimated at one dollar per 1,000 acres.
  • 1862 - June 17 - Civil War naval and land battle that disabled the Union USS Mound City was located at St. Charles.
  • After the war, towns and villages sprang up across the prairie. The people who settled here were largely of German origin, including some who came directly from Prussia, some who came by way of Illinois, and some whose ancestors had lived in Russia..

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 Arkansas, 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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 1,426
1840 1,346 −5.6%
1850 3,245 141.1%
1860 8,844 172.5%
1870 8,268 −6.5%
1880 8,038 −2.8%
1890 11,432 42.2%
1900 12,973 13.5%
1910 16,103 24.1%
1920 21,483 33.4%
1930 22,300 3.8%
1940 24,437 9.6%
1950 23,665 −3.2%
1960 23,355 −1.3%
1970 23,347 −0.0%
1980 24,175 3.5%
1990 21,653 −10.4%
2000 20,749 −4.2%
2010 19,019 −8.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Though the United States purchased Arkansas from the French in 1803, Anglo-American settlement of the area did not began in earnest until after the formal organization of the territory in 1819. Therefore, Arkansas does not appear in Federal Censuses before 1830. For links to federal census indexes, see Arkansas Census.

Territorial and State Census Records[edit | edit source]

State censuses were taken at the state-level and territorial censuses were taken by the federal government. See Arkansas Census for more information about censuses taken in Arkansas.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

  • Court records began in 1819 [7]

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]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Arkansas 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]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company H and Company K
- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Colquitt's) (Confederate)
- 5th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)
- 6th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate) , Company E
- 6th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 8th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)
- 13th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies E and F
- 26th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company I

Online Records

Civil War Battle
The following Civil War battles were fought in Arkansas County:

Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Arkansas Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites. Includes newspapers for Arkansas County.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

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In 1877, a few county and city clerks[10] 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.

See Also  How to Find Arkansas Birth Records

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Voter Records[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in {{{1}}} County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Arkansas Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Sites with online indexes or images of records

  • ARGenWeb Arkansas County - Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb Archives Arkansas County - Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • resources at RootsWeb - Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Arkansas County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_County,_Arkansas.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 66.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Arkansas 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.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors,"Arkansas County, Arkansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_County,_Arkansas#Communities, accessed 28 August 2018.
  6. Bill Shrum, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History &amp;amp;amp; Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=745&amp;amp;amp;type=Category&amp;amp;amp;item=Counties&amp;amp;amp;parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&amp;amp;amp;grandparent= : accessed January 6, 2016), “Arkansas County.”
  7. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August, 2012)
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 26 April 2012).
  10. 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)
  11. 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.
  12. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.