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Ashley County, Arkansas
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Ashley County, Arkansas Facts

When was Ashley County, AR Created?
Ashley County was established on November 30, 1848 and was formed from Chicot County, Drew County and Union County. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Chicot changed by Act of 19 January 1861, part annexed from Bradley by Act of 21 January 1859. The county was named in honor of Chester Ashley (1791–1848), a U.S. Senator from Arkansas and land speculator.

What is the County Seat of Ashley County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Hamburg and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Ashley County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Drew County (north), Chicot County (east), Morehouse Parish, Louisiana (south), Union Parish, Louisiana (southwest), Union County (west), Bradley County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Ashley County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Crossett, Fountain Hill, Hamburg, Montrose, North Crossett, Parkdale, Petersburg, Portland, West Crossett, Wilmer.

Ashley County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Ashley County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Ashley 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 Ashley 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 Ashley County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Ashley Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.

Ashley County, AR Census Records

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

Ashley Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Ashley Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ashley Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ashley 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

Ashley County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Ashley County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Ashley County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Ashley 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 205 East Jefferson Street, Hamburg 71646, unless otherwise noted.

  • Ashley 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 Ashley 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 courts in Ashley County. They are also the ex-officio Ashley county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Ashley county.
    • Phone: (870) 853-2030
    • Court Records: 1848
    • Land Records: 1848
    • 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)
  • Ashley 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 Ashley county.
    • Phone: (870) 853-2020
    • Marriage Records: 1848 
    • Probate Records: 1849
  • Ashley County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 853-2060
  • BLM Land Records

Ashley County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Ashley County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Ashley 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.

Ashley Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Ashley Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Ashley Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Ashley Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ashley Co. AR Military Records

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