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Fulton County, Arkansas Facts

When was Fulton County, AR Created?
Fulton County was established on December 21, 1842 and was formed from Izard County. Parts of Fulton County was used to form the following counties: Baxter 1873. Other county boundry changes occured when Part annexed to Marion and part of Lawrence attached 18 January 1855, lines with Baxter and Izard defined 16 February 1875. The county was named in honor of William Savin Fulton (1795–1844), the last Governor of the Arkansas Territory prior to statehood.

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

What counties are adjacent to Fulton County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Ozark County, Missouri (northwest), Howell County, Missouri (north), Oregon County, Missouri (northeast), Sharp County (east), Izard County (south), Baxter County (west).

What cities and towns are in Fulton County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cherokee Village, Horseshoe Bend, Mammoth Spring, Salem, Viola.


Fulton County, AR Vital Records

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


Fulton County, AR Census Records

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

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


Fulton County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Fulton County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Fulton County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Fulton 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 123 South Main, Salem 72576; 870-895-3341, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Fulton 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 Fulton 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 Fulton County. They are also the ex-officio Fulton county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Fulton county.
    • Phone: (870) 895-3310
    • Court Records: 1870
    • Land Records: 1870
    • 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)
  • Fulton 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 Fulton county.
    • Phone: (870) 895-3310
    • Marriage Records: 1887 
    • Probate Records: 1870
  • Fulton County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 895-3592
  • BLM Land Records

Fulton County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Fulton Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Fulton Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Fulton Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Fulton Co. AR Military Records

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