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Calhoun County, Arkansas Facts

When was Calhoun County, AR Created?
Calhoun County was established on December 6, 1850 and was formed from Dallas County, Ouachita County and Union County. Other county boundry changes occured when Part added to Union County and Bradley County by Act of 19 November 1862. The county was named in honor of John C. Calhoun (1782–1850), 7th Vice President of the United States and a Senator from South Carolina.

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

What counties are adjacent to Calhoun County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Dallas County (north), Cleveland County (northeast), Bradley County (east), Union County (south), Ouachita County (west).

What cities and towns are in Calhoun County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Hampton, Harrell, Thornton, Tinsman.

Calhoun County, AR Vital Records

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

Calhoun County, AR Census Records

What Calhoun County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Calhoun 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.

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

Calhoun County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Calhoun County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Calhoun County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Calhoun 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 Second & Main Streets, Hampton 71744; 870-798-4818, unless otherwise noted.

  • Calhoun 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 Calhoun 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 Calhoun County. They are also the ex-officio Calhoun county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Calhoun county.
    • Phone: (870) 798-2517
    • Court Records: 1880
    • Land Records: 1851
    • 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)
  • Calhoun 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 Calhoun county.
    • Phone: (870) 798-2517
    • Marriage Records: 1851 
    • Probate Records: 1880
  • Calhoun County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 798-2740
  • BLM Land Records

Calhoun County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Calhoun County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Calhoun 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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Calhoun Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

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Calhoun Co. AR Military Records

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