Arkansas County Resources
This entry was originally written by Wendy Bebout Elliott, Ph.D., FUGA in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
Arkansas county vital, land, and probate records are held by the county clerk, with some counties having two courthouses. This is indicated by “and” followed by a second address. Either one might have been used for recording purposes. Some county clerks also maintain court records, but most are at the office of the clerk of the circuit court. Addresses for county courthouses are given at www.accessarkansas.org/government_local.php. Most Arkansas counties do not provide online services; however, postings on this site include current telephone numbers for each county judge’s office. Calls can be transferred to the county clerk and/or clerk of the circuit court’s offices. A random check indicates most telephone listings are current, but some listings show 501 prefixes, which have now changed to 479.
Dates given are for the first known records in the category in that county; these dates do not imply that all records are extant from that date. For data concerning county record losses, creation dates, boundary changes, and additional information, see Russell Pierce Baker, Guide to the Microfilmed County Records at the Arkansas History Commission (Conway, Ark.: Professional Genealogists of Arkansas, 1989), and James Logan Morgan, A Survey of the County Records of Arkansas (Newport, Ark.: Arkansas Records Association, 1972). Both were used in compiling the chart that follows.
Although 1914 was the date of initial registration of births and deaths, compliance was extremely limited; therefore, only a small percentage of actual births and deaths were recorded during the first decades after the law was enacted. For that reason, beginning dates of births and deaths are not given in the chart. Parent counties are those defined here as those in session laws. Later boundary changes between counties also occurred, but these are not included. See the Baker and Morgan sources cited above for this information.
|Map||County||County Address||Date Formed||Parent County(ies)||Birth||Marriage||Death||Land||Probate||Court|
|F6||Arkansas||101 Court Sq, De Witt 72042||1813||original||1839||1808||1809||1819|
|H5||Ashley||215 E Jefferson St, Hamburg 71646||1848||Chicot/Union/Drew||1848||1849||1849||1849|
|B4||Baxter||1 E 7th St, Mountain Home 72653||1873||Fulton/Izard/Marion/Searcy||1873||1876||1874||1874|
|B1||Benton||215 E Central Bentonville 72712||1836||Washington||1861||1837||1866||1837|
|B3||Boone||100 N Main St, Harrison 72601||1869||Carroll/Marion||1869||1869||1869||1869|
|G5||Bradley||101 E Cedar St, Warren 71671||1840||Union||1846||1841||1850||1841|
|G4||Calhoun||Main Street/P.O. Box 566, Hampton 71744||1850||Dallas/Ouachita/Union||1851||1851||1880||1880|
|B2||Carroll||210 W Church St, Berryville 72616 and 44 S Main St, Eureka Springs 72632||1833||Izard||1870||1870||1870||1870|
|H6||Chicot||108 N Main St, Lake Village 71653||1823||Arkansas||1840||1823||1839||1824|
|F3||Clark||401 Clay St, Arkadelphia 71923||1818||Arkansas||1821||1819||1840||1838|
|B7||Clay||151 S 2nd Ave, Piggott 72454 and 800 W 2nd St, Corning 72422||1873||Randolph/Greene||1893||1893||1893||1893|
|C5||Cleburne||301 W Main St, Heber Springs 72543||1883||White/ Van Buren/ Independence||1883||1883||1883||1883|
|G5||Cleveland||20 Magnolia St/ P.O. Box 348, Rison 71665||1873 ( as Dorsey; renamed, 1885)||Bradley/Dallas/Jefferson/Lincoln||1880||1873||1873||1873|
|Created as Dorsey County; name changed to Cleveland in 1888|
|H3||Columbia||1 Court Sq, Magnolia 71753||1852||Layfayette/Hempstead/Ouachita/Union||1853||1853||1853||1860|