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Benton County, Arkansas Facts

When was Benton County, AR Created?
Benton County was established on September 30, 1836 and was formed from Washington County. The county was named in honor of Thomas Hart Benton (1782–1858), a U.S. Senator from Missouri.

What is the County Seat of Benton County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Bentonville and in addition the county government website is www.co.benton.ar.us/

What counties are adjacent to Benton County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Barry County, Missouri (north), Carroll County (east), Madison County (southeast), Washington County (south), Adair County, Oklahoma (southwest), Delaware County, Oklahoma (west), McDonald County, Missouri, (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Benton County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Avoca, Bella Vista, Bentonville, Bethel Heights, Cave Springs, Centerton, Decatur, Elm Springs, Garfield, Gateway, Gentry, Gravette, Highfill, Little Flock, Lowell, Pea Ridge, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Springdale (mostly in Washington County), Springtown, Sulphur Springs, War Eagle.


Benton County, AR Vital Records

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


Benton County, AR Census Records

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

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


Benton County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Benton County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Benton County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Benton 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 215 East Central, Bentonville 72712; (479) 271-1000, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Benton 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 Benton 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 Benton County. They are also the ex-officio Benton county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Benton county.
    • Phone: (479) 271-1015
    • Court Records: 1837
    • Land Records: 1837
    • 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)
  • Benton 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 Benton county.
    • Phone: (479) 271-1013
    • Marriage Records: 1861 
    • Probate Records: 1866
  • Benton County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (479) 271-1037
  • BLM Land Records

Benton County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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