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Garland County, Arkansas

Garland County was created on April 5, 1873 and was formed from Montgomery County, Hot Spring County and Saline County. Other county boundry changes occured when Boundary with Montgomery changed 23 February 1917. The county was named in honor of Augustus Hill Garland (1832–1899), U.S. Senator and 11th Governor of Arkansas.

Currently the Garland County Seat can be found in Hot Springs and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Garland County happen to be Perry County (north), Saline County (east), Hot Spring County (south), Montgomery County (west), Yell County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Garland County consist of Hot Springs, Mountain Pine, Fountain Lake, Lonsdale, Hot Springs Village, Lake Hamilton, Piney, Rockwell, Royal.

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

Garland County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Garland Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Garland Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Garland Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Garland County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Garland County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Garland 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 Garland 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 Garland 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 ?, unless otherwise noted. The records "were complete until Feb. 25, 1905, when fire and heat charred, damaged, or destroyed everything except tax books of 1904 then in the hands of the collector. The deed and mortgage records, except two, have been recopied or reproduced as they were left after the fire, edges being badly burned and only portions legible. As records will have considerable value, these consist of books designated by alphabet (26) and about 39 by number, 1 to 39. Circuit court records were totally destroyed, 10 books; chancery records practically destroyed, book I has been recopied, 8 (A to H) being burned. Probate records all except last one destroyed; so also the county court records, the marriage license records were partially destroyed, one will record burned, one partially restored, mechanic's lien judgement record destroyed, probate docket partially restored, pending cases in chancery court partially saved, all law and probate papers destroyed. The county never had vaults. New courthouse just completed... has complete set of vaults." Garland County apparently had another serious fire in 1913.

  • Garland 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 Garland 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 Garland County. They are also the ex-officio Garland county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Garland county.
    • Phone: 501-622-3630
    • Court Records: 1873
    • Land Records: 1874
    • 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)
  • Garland 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 Garland county.
    • Phone: 501-622-3610
    • Marriage Records: 1873
    • Probate Records: 1877
  • Garland County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone:(501) 622-3730

Garland County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated to Garland 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 Garland County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Garland Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Garland Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Garland Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Garland Co. AR Census Records

Garland Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Garland Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Garland Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Garland Co. AR General and History Websites

Garland Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Garland Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Garland Co. AR Military Records

Garland Co. AR Schools & Directories

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