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Arkansas County, Arkansas
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Arkansas County, Arkansas Facts

When was Arkansas County, AR Created?
Arkansas County was established on  December 13,1813 as an Original County. Parts of Arkansas County was used to form the following counties: Chicot 1823, Clark 1818, Drew 1846, Hempstead 1818, Desha 1838, Lincoln 1871, Independence 1820, Monroe 1829, Phillips 1820, Jefferson 1829, Pulaski 1818. Other county boundry changes occured when Part of Phillips annexed 23 October 1821; line with Pulaski changed by Act of 30 October 1823, Quapaw Purchase divided between Arkansas and Pulaski Counties by Act of 13 October 1827, line with Phillips defined by Act of 21 November 1829, boundaries defined Act of 7 November 1836, line with Jefferson changed by Act of 25 February 1889, line changed with Lincoln by Act of 25 March 1895. The county was named for a variant pronunciation of the Quapaw Native American people.

What is the County Seat of Arkansas County, AR?
The County has dual county seats with courthouses in De Witt and Stuttgart, the oldest records in Arkansas are kept in the (Stuttgart) Courthouse. They date from 1796 and are written in Spanish. (The first county seat was at Arkansas Post, but was moved to DeWitt in 1855) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Arkansas County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Prairie County (north), Monroe County (northeast), Phillips County (east), Desha County (south), Lincoln County (southwest), Jefferson County (west), Lonoke County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Arkansas County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Almyra, De Witt, Gillett, Humphrey, St. Charles, Stuttgart.

Arkansas County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Arkansas County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Arkansas County vital records can be found at the Arkansas Deptartment of Health has Birth & Death records since February 1, 1914, Marriage Records since January 1917 and Divorce Records since January 1923. You may go to the Arkansas County health department to obtain a Birth or Death certificates which can be issued while you wait. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Arkansas for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Arkansas County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Arkansas Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificate  to mail.

Arkansas County, AR Census Records

What Arkansas County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Arkansas County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Arkansas Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Arkansas Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Arkansas Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Arkansas Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide

Arkansas County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Arkansas County Courthouse
in DeWitt

What genealogical records can I find in the Arkansas County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Arkansas County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Arkansas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 101 Court Square, DeWitt, 72042 or 302 South College, Stuttgart, 72160 , unless otherwise noted. 

Arkansas County Courthouse
in Stuttgart
  • Arkansas County Clerk of Circuit Court is the clerk of the circuit, chancery court, and juvenile court and usually acts as the ex-officio recorder of the county. The duties of the clerk are to maintain a record of all proceedings of the circuit, chancery and juvenile courts and to prepare the dockets for these courts. They are also the ex-officio county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within the county.
    • Phone: (870) 265-8010
    • Court Records: 1819
    • Land Records: 1808
    • Divorce Records: are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found  at the Arkansas Department of Public Health)
  • Arkansas County Clerk , as clerk to the probate court, the clerk files all instruments making them a matter of record in descendent estate cases, and swears in all witnesses in contested estates. The clerk, also in this capacity, maintains all records relative to adoptions and guardianship cases within the county.
    • Phone: (870) 265-8000
    • Marriage Records: 1839 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1819
  • Arkansas County Revenue Commissioner's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 946-1795
  • BLM Land Records

Arkansas County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Arkansas County, AR?
A list of Arkansas County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Arkansas Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Arkansas County, AR Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Arkansas County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Arkansas County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is merely a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

Arkansas Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Arkansas Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Arkansas Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Arkansas Co. AR General and History Websites

Arkansas Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Arkansas Co. AR Military Records

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