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Hempstead County, Arkansas

Hempstead County was created on December 15, 1818 and was formed from Arkansas County (Hempstead is one of the original five counties created by the Missouri legislature). Parts of Hempstead County was used to form the following counties: Columbia 1852, Howard 1873, Lafayette 1827, Little River 1867, Nevada 1871, Old Miller 1820, Pike 1833, Saline 1835, Sevier 1828, Union 1829. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Pike defined 14 December 1838, and with Pike and Sevier 17 April 1873. The county was named in honor of Edward Hempstead (1780–1817), Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Missouri Territory.

Currently the Hempstead County Seat can be found in Hope(The county seat originated at Washington until it moved to Hope) and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Hempstead County happen to be Pike County (north), Nevada County (east), Lafayette County (south), Miller County (southwest), Little River County (west), Howard County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Hempstead County consist of Blevins, Fulton, Hope, McCaskill, McNab, Oakhaven, Ozan, Patmos, Perrytown, Washington, Springhill.

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

Hempstead County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Hempstead Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Hempstead Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hempstead Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hempstead Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Hempstead County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Hempstead County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Hempstead 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 Hempstead 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 Hempstead 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 circuit court records complete from March 15, 1824; deed records complete since Oct. 9, 1820; records prior lost through "carelessness of officials"; first record of county court dated 1837.

  • Hempstead 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 Hempstead 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 Hempstead County. They are also the ex-officio Hempstead county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Hempstead county.
    • Phone: (870) 777-2384
    • Court Records: 1819
    • Land Records: 1816
    • 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)
  • Hempstead 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 Hempstead county.
    • Phone: (870) 777-2241
    • Marriage Records: 1820 
    • Probate Records: 1826
  • Hempstead County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 777-6190

Hempstead County Genealogy Links

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

Hempstead Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hempstead Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hempstead Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hempstead Co. AR Census Records

Hempstead Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hempstead Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Hempstead Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hempstead Co. AR General and History Websites

Hempstead Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Hempstead Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hempstead Co. AR Military Records

Hempstead Co. AR Schools & Directories

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