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Conway County, Arkansas Facts

When was Conway County, AR Created?
Conway County was established on October 20, 1825 and was formed from Pulaski County. Parts of Conway County was used to form the following counties: Faulkner 1873, Perry 1840, Van Buren 1833. Other county boundry changes occured when NW boundary defined 27 October 1827, line with Pulaski defined 20 October 1828, part of Indian purchase annexed 22 October 1828, line with Pulaski and Independence defined 5 November 1831, part annexed to Pope County 6 January 1853, part annexed to White 11 January 1853, line with Pope County defined 28 May 1874. The county was named in honor of Henry Wharton Conway (1793–1827), territorial delegate to the United States House of Representatives.

What is the County Seat of Conway County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Morrilton. Cadron was first named the seat of government until 1873 when Lewisburg (later renamed Morrilton) was designated. In addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

What counties are adjacent to Conway County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Van Buren County (north), Faulkner County (east), Perry County (south), Yell County (southwest), Pope County (west).

What cities and towns are in Conway County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Blackwell, Formosa, Menifee, Morrilton, Oppelo, Plumerville.


Conway County, AR Vital Records

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


Conway County, AR Census Records

What Conway County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Conway 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.

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


Conway County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Conway County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Conway County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Conway 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 117 South Moose Street, Morrilton 72110; 501-354-9640, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Conway 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 Conway 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 Conway County. They are also the ex-officio Conway county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Conway county.
    • Phone: (501) 354-9617
    • Court Records: 1842
    • Land Records: 1825
    • 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)
  • Conway 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 Conway county.
    • Phone: (501) 354-9621
    • Marriage Records: 1851 
    • Probate Records: 1837
  • Conway County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (501) 354-9622
  • BLM Land Records

Conway County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Conway County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Conway 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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Conway Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

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