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Cleveland County, Arkansas Facts

When was Cleveland County, AR Created?
Cleveland County was established on April 17, 1873 and was originally called Dorsey County, it was formed from Bradley County, Dallas County, Jefferson County and Lincoln County . The county was named in honor of Stephen Dorsey, U.S. Senator from Arkansas. In 1885 the name was changed to honor Grover Cleveland (1837–1908), 22nd and 24th President of the United States.

What is the County Seat of Cleveland County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Rison (the first county seat was the residence of N.V. Barnett. In 1872 it moved to Toledo. In 1889, the seat moved to Rison) and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

What counties are adjacent to Cleveland County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Grant County (north), Jefferson County (north), Lincoln County (east), Drew County (southeast), Bradley County (south), Calhoun County (southwest), Dallas County (west).

What cities and towns are in Cleveland County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Kingsland, Rison.


Cleveland County, AR Vital Records

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


Cleveland County, AR Census Records

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

Cleveland Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Cleveland Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Cleveland 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


Cleveland County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Cleveland County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Cleveland County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Cleveland 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 #20 Magnolia Street, Rison 71665; 870-325-6214, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Cleveland 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 Cleveland 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 Cleveland County. They are also the ex-officio Cleveland county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Cleveland county.
    • Phone: (870) 325-6902
    • Court Records: 1873
    • Land Records: 1836
    • 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)
  • Cleveland 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 Cleveland county.
    • Phone: (870) 325-6521
    • Marriage Records: 1873 
    • Probate Records:1873
  • Cleveland County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 325-6695
  • BLM Land Records

Cleveland County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Cleveland Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Cleveland Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Cleveland Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cleveland Co. AR General and History Websites

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Cleveland Co. AR Military Records

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