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Drew County, Arkansas Facts

When was Drew County, AR Created?
Drew County was established on November 26, 1846 and was formed from Desha County and Bradley County, Chicot County and Union County. Parts of Drew County was used to form the following counties: Ashley 1848, Lincoln 1871. Other county boundry changes occured when Part of Chicot annexed 21 December 1846, part of Desha annexed 21 January 1861, line with Chicot changed 30 November 1875. The county was named in honor of Thomas Stevenson Drew (1802–1879), 3rd Governor of Arkansas .

What is the County Seat of Drew County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Monticello and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

What counties are adjacent to Drew County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Lincoln County (north), Desha County (northeast), Chicot County (southeast), Ashley County (south), Bradley County (west), Cleveland County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Drew County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Jerome, Monticello, Tillar, Wilmar, Winchester.


Drew County, AR Vital Records

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


Drew County, AR Census Records

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

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


Drew County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Drew County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Drew County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Drew 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 210 S. Main Street, Monticello 71655; 870-460-6200, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Drew 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 Drew 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 Drew County. They are also the ex-officio Drew county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Drew county.
    • Phone: (870) 460-6250
    • Court Records: 1847
    • Land Records:1847
    • 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)
  • Drew 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 Drew county.
    • Phone: (870) 460-6260
    • Marriage Records:1847 
    • Probate Records:1847
  • Drew County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 460-6240
  • BLM Land Records

Drew County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Drew County Historical Society, 404 S. Main St., Monticello, Ar, 71655, phone number 870-367-7446: The Drew County Historical Society meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 P.m. at the First Methodist Church. Address mail to the Drew County Museum located 404 S. Main St. 404 S. Main St phone number 870-367-7446. The Drew County museum is open Friday's from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. Sat and Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. The Drew County Historical Society publishes a Journal every year . The cost of the Journal is $10.00. There are some past issues of the Journal still available. The Southeast AR Genealogy Society meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Drew County Library at 10:00A.M. president Mrs. Virginia Grizzell .
  • Arkansas History Commission, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201; 501.682.6900
  • Arkansas Genealogical Society, 1411 Shady Grove Road, P.O. Box 908, Hot Springs, AR 71902-0908
  • Arkansas Historical Association, 416 Old Main, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701; 479-575-5884

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

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