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Dallas County, Arkansas
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Dallas County, Arkansas Facts

When was Dallas County, AR Created?
Dallas County was established on January 1, 1845 and was formed from Clark County and Bradley County. Parts of Dallas County was used to form the following counties: Calhoun 1850, Cleveland 1873. Other county boundry changes occured when Hot Spring & Clark line changed 3 April 1869. The county was named in honor of George M. Dallas (1792–1864), 11th Vice President of the United States.

What is the County Seat of Dallas County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Fordyce (Princeton was the county seat until the Iron Mountain and St. Louis railroad diverted the population to Fordyce and Malvern. The seat was then moved to Fordyce) and in addition the county government website is

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

What cities and towns are in Dallas County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Carthage, Fordyce, Sparkman.

Dallas County, AR Vital Records

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

Dallas County, AR Census Records

What Dallas County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Dallas County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

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

Dallas County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Dallas County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Dallas County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Dallas 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 Third and Oak Streets, Fordyce 71742; 870-352-3371, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Dallas County. They are also the ex-officio Dallas county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Dallas county.
    • Phone: (870) 352-2307
    • Court Records: 1845
    • Land Records: 1843
    • 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)
  • Dallas 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 Dallas county.
    • Phone: (870) 352-2307
    • Marriage Records: 1845 
    • Probate Records: 1845
  • Dallas County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 352-7983
  • BLM Land Records

Dallas County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Dallas Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Dallas Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Dallas Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Dallas Co. AR General and History Websites

Dallas Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Dallas Co. AR Military Records

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