Dallas County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Dallas County was created 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.

Currently the Dallas County Seat can be found 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 www.arcounties.org/

Areas next to Dallas County happen to be Grant County (northeast), Cleveland County (east), Calhoun County (southeast), Ouachita County (southwest), Clark County (west), Hot Spring County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Dallas County consist of Carthage, Fordyce, Sparkman.

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

Dallas County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Dallas County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Third and Oak Streets, Fordyce 71742; 870-352-3371, unless otherwise noted. Records complete except for a few tax books which were torn and faded.

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.
  • 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

Dallas County Genealogy Links

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

Dallas Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Dallas Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Dallas Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Dallas Co. AR Census Records

Dallas Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Dallas Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Dallas Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Dallas Co. AR General and History Websites

Dallas Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Dallas Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Dallas Co. AR Military Records

Dallas Co. AR Schools & Directories

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