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Clark County, Arkansas

Clark County was created on December 15, 1818 and was formed from Arkansas County . Parts of Clark County was used to form the following counties: Dallas 1845, Hot Spring 1829, Pike 1833, Union 1829 Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Pulaski changed 30 October 1823, line with Hot Spring and Dallas changed 3 April 1868, part added to Pike 22 April 1873 and line changed 8 March 1877, line with Montgomery changed 24 April 1873. The county was named in honor of William Clark (1770–1838), explorer and Governor of the Missouri Territory.

Currently the Clark County Seat can be found in Arkadelphia (the first county seat was at the home of Jacob Barkman until 1825 when it was moved to Biscoeville. In 1827, the government moved to Adam Stroud's home and then to Greenville in 1830 before settling at Arkadelphia in 1842) and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Clark County happen to be Hot Spring County (northeast), Dallas County (east), Ouachita County (southeast), Nevada County (southwest), Pike County (west), Montgomery County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Clark County consist of Amity, Alpine, Arkadelphia, Caddo Valley, Graysonia, Gum Springs, Gurdon, Okolona, Whelen Springs.

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

Clark County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Clark Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Clark Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clark Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clark Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Clark County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Clark County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Clark 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 Clark 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 Clark 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 401 Clay Street, Arkadelphia 71923; 870-246-5847, unless otherwise noted.

  • Clark 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 Clark 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 Clark County. They are also the ex-officio Clark county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Clark county.
    • Phone: (870) 246-4281
    • Court Records: 1838
    • Land Records: 1819
    • 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)
  • Clark 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 Clark county.
    • Phone: (870) 246-4491
    • Marriage Records: 1821 
    • Probate Records: 1840
  • Clark County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 246-4431

Clark County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated to Clark 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 Clark County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Clark Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clark Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Clark Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Clark Co. AR Census Records

Clark Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Clark Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Clark Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clark Co. AR General and History Websites

Clark Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Clark Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clark Co. AR Military Records

Clark Co. AR Schools & Directories

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