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Benton County, Arkansas

Benton County was created 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.

Currently the Benton County Seat can be found in Bentonville and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Benton County happen to be 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)

Cities and towns located in Benton County consist of 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 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 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 does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present 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 with your research.

Benton County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Benton County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Benton 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 Benton 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 Benton 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 215 East Central, Bentonville 72712; (479) 271-1000, unless otherwise noted. Arkansas History Commission sources say an "1865 courthouse fire destroyed many early records." D.Y. Thomas mentiones a log courthouse built in 1837, a brick structure in 1840, and another brick courthouse built in 1873, but does not mention a fire.

  • 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

Benton County Genealogy Links

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

Benton Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Benton Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Benton Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Benton Co. AR Census Records

Benton Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Benton Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Benton Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Benton Co. AR General and History Websites

Benton Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Benton Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Benton Co. AR Military Records

Benton Co. AR Schools & Directories

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