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Clark County, Arkansas
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Clark County, Arkansas Facts

When was Clark County, AR Created?
Clark County was established 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.

What is the County Seat of Clark County, AR?
The County Seat is located 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

What counties are adjacent to Clark County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Hot Spring County (northeast), Dallas County (east), Ouachita County (southeast), Nevada County (southwest), Pike County (west), Montgomery County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Clark County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Amity, Alpine, Arkadelphia, Caddo Valley, Graysonia, Gum Springs, Gurdon, Okolona, Whelen Springs.

Clark County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Clark County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clark 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 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, AR Census Records

What Clark County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Clark County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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 you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide

Clark County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Clark County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Clark County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Clark 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 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
  • BLM Land Records

Clark County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Clark Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clark Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Clark Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clark Co. AR General and History Websites

Clark Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clark Co. AR Military Records

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