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Hot Spring County, Arkansas
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Hot Spring County, Arkansas Facts

When was Hot Spring County, AR Created?
Hot Spring County was established on November 2, 1829 and was formed from Clark County. Parts of Hot Spring County was used to form the following counties: Garland 1873, Grant 1869, Montgomery 1842. Other county boundry changes occured when Lands annexed from Saline 22 March 1838, line with Saline defined 23 December 1846, line with Montgomery changed 27 December 1848, line with Saline changed 18 February 1859 and 19 January 1861, line with Clark and Dallas changed 3 April 1869, line with Clark, Saline and Montgomery changed 5 April 1873.

What is the County Seat of Hot Spring County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Malvern (The first county seat was at Rockport until 1879 when it moved to Malvern.) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Hot Spring County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Garland County, Saline County, Grant County, Dallas County, Clark County (south & west), Montgomery County.

What cities and towns are in Hot Spring County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Donaldson, Friendship, Magnet Cove, Malvern, Perla, Rockport.

Hot Spring County, AR Vital Records

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

Hot Spring County, AR Census Records

What Hot Spring County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Hot Spring County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

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

Hot Spring County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Hot Spring County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Hot Spring County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Hot Spring 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 Locust Streets, Malvern 72104, 501-332-2261, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Hot Spring 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 Hot Spring 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 Hot Spring County. They are also the ex-officio Hot Spring county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Hot Spring county.
    • Phone: (501) 332-2281
    • Court Records: 1843
    • Land Records: 1831
    • 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)
  • Hot Spring 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 Hot Spring county.
    • Phone: (501) 332-2291
    • Marriage Records: 1825 
    • Probate Records: 1839
  • Hot Spring County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (501) 332-2461
  • BLM Land Records

Hot Spring County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Hot Spring County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Hot Spring 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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Hot Spring Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

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