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Garland County, Arkansas
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Garland County, Arkansas Facts

When was Garland County, AR Created?
Garland County was established 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.

What is the County Seat of Garland County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Hot Springs and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Garland County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Perry County (north), Saline County (east), Hot Spring County (south), Montgomery County (west), Yell County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Garland County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Hot Springs, Mountain Pine, Fountain Lake, Lonsdale, Hot Springs Village, Lake Hamilton, Piney, Rockwell, Royal.

Garland County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Garland County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Garland 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 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, AR Census Records

What Garland County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Garland County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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 you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide

Garland County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Garland County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Garland County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Garland 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 ?, unless otherwise noted.

  • 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
  • Circuit Clerk's Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Garland County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Garland Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Garland Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Garland Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Garland Co. AR General and History Websites

Garland Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Garland Co. AR Military Records

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