Cleburne County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Cleburne County was created on February 20, 1883 and was formed from White County, Van Buren County and Independence County. The county was named in honor of Patrick Cleburne (1828–1864), a Confederate General in the Civil War.

Currently the Cleburne County Seat can be found in Heber Springs (the first county seat was located at Sugarloaf) and in addition the county government website is www.cleburnecountyarkansas.com

Areas next to Cleburne County happen to be Stone County (north), Independence County (northeast), White County (southeast), Faulkner County (southwest), Van Buren County (west).

Cities and towns located in Cleburne County consist of Concord, Fairfield Bay, Drasco, Greers Ferry, Heber Springs, Higden, Quitman.

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

Cleburne County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Cleburne Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Cleburne County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Cleburne County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Cleburne 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 Cleburne 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 Cleburne 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 301 West Main Street, Heber Springs 72543; 501-362-8141, unless otherwise noted.

  • Cleburne 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 Cleburne 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 Cleburne County. They are also the ex-officio Cleburne county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Cleburne county.
    • Phone: (501) 362-8149
    • Court Records: 1883
    • Land Records: 1883
    • 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)
  • Cleburne 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 Cleburne county.
    • Phone: (501) 362-4620
    • Marriage Records: 1883 
    • Probate Records: 1883
  • Cleburne County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (501) 362-8147

Cleburne County Genealogy Links

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

Cleburne Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Cleburne Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Cleburne Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Cleburne Co. AR Census Records

Cleburne Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Cleburne Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Cleburne Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cleburne Co. AR General and History Websites

Cleburne Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Cleburne Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cleburne Co. AR Military Records

Cleburne Co. AR Schools & Directories

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