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Conway County, Arkansas

Conway County was created 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.

Currently the Conway County Seat can be found 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

Areas next to Conway County happen to be Van Buren County (north), Faulkner County (east), Perry County (south), Yell County (southwest), Pope County (west).

Cities and towns located in Conway County consist of Blackwell, Formosa, Menifee, Morrilton, Oppelo, Plumerville.

Conway 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 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 does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present 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 with your research.

Conway County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Conway County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Conway 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 Conway 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 Conway 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 117 South Moose Street, Morrilton 72110; 501-354-9640, unless otherwise noted. Lewisburg, situated on the Arkansas River, was subject to periodic floods - some records were lost; a fire about 1899 destroyed and damaged some records; loose probate packets date from 1899.

I highly recommend you contact the clerk's office to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of from time to time changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will assist people in locating the resources, however it's up to the man or women to perform the basic research.
  • 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

Conway County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Conway County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Conway Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Conway Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Conway Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Conway Co. AR Census Records

Conway Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Conway Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Conway Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Conway Co. AR General and History Websites

Conway Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Conway Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Conway Co. AR Military Records

Conway Co. AR Schools & Directories

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