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Baxter County, Arkansas

Baxter County was created on March 24 1873 and was formed from Fulton County, Izard County, Marion County and Searcy County. Other county boundry changes occured when Line between Izard and Fulton defined 16 October 1875, line with Marion changed 9 March 1881. The county was named in honor of Elisha Baxter (1827–1899), a Governor of Arkansas .

Currently the Baxter County Seat can be found in Mountain Home and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Baxter County happen to be Ozark County, Missouri, (north), Fulton County (east), Izard County (southeast), Stone County (south), Searcy County (southwest), Marion County (west).

Cities and towns located in Baxter County consist of Big Flat, Briarcliff, Cotter, Gassville, Lakeview, Mountain Home, Norfork, Salesville.

Baxter County vital records can be obtained from 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 Baxter 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 Baxter County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Baxter Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.

Baxter County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Baxter Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Baxter Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Baxter Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Baxter County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Baxter County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Arkansas Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Baxter County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Baxter County court, probate, and land files as a source of ancestry and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Arkansas courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Arkansas men and women. The possibilities are very good that your particular ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few elements of their lives in the Baxter County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into account all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

The following details shows exactly what death, marriage, birth,, property, probate, and court records will be in Baxter County. The years pointed out below tend to be the first recognized records data for this particular county.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at #1 East Seventh Street, Mountain Home 72653; 870-425-2755, unless otherwise noted. The courthouse burned 24 Feb. 1890; "court records, five deed records and marriage records except one" were saved; "all records not totally destroyed have been transcribed and rebound."

  • Baxter 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 Baxter 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 Baxter County. They are also the ex-officio Baxter county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Baxter county.
    • Phone: (870) 425-3475
    • Court Records: 1874
    • Land Records: 1876
    • 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)
  • Baxter 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 Baxter county.
    • Phone: (870) 425-3475
    • Marriage Records: 1873 
    • Probate Records: 1874
  • Baxter County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 425-3453

Baxter County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated to Baxter 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Baxter County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Baxter Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Baxter Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Baxter Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Baxter Co. AR Census Records

Baxter Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Baxter Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Baxter Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Baxter Co. AR General and History Websites

Baxter Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Baxter Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Baxter Co. AR Military Records

Baxter Co. AR Schools & Directories

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