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Chicot County, Arkansas Facts

When was Chicot County, AR Created?
Chicot County was established on October 25, 1823 by the Territorial Legislature and was formed from Arkansas County. Parts of Chicot County was used to form the following counties: Ashley 1848, Desha 1838. Other county boundry changes occured when Boundaries defined 2 November 1835, part attached to Drew 21 December 1846, line with Ashley changed 18 January 1861, line with Drew changed 30 November 1875, and with Desha 10 February 1879. . The county was named for Point Chicot on the Mississippi River.

What is the County Seat of Chicot County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Lake Village (Columbia was the first county seat until 1855 when Masona was chosen. In 1857, the county seat was moved to Lake Village) and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

What counties are adjacent to Chicot County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Desha County (north), Washington County, Mississippi (east), Issaquena County, Mississippi (southeast), East Carroll Parish, Louisiana (south), West Carroll Parish, Louisiana (southwest), Ashley County (west), Drew County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Chicot County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Dermott, Eudora, Lake Village.


Chicot County, AR Vital Records

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


Chicot County, AR Census Records

What Chicot County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Chicot County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

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


Chicot County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Chicot County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Chicot County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Chicot 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 108 Main Street, Lake Village 71653; 870-265-8015, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Chicot 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 Chicot 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 Chicot County. They are also the ex-officio Chicot county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Chicot county.
    • Phone: (870) 265-8010
    • Court Records: 1824
    • Land Records: 1823
    • 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)
  • Chicot 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 Chicot county.
    • Phone: (870) 265-8000
    • Marriage Records: 1840 
    • Probate Records: 1839
  • Chicot County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 265-8025
  • BLM Land Records

Chicot County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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