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Hot Spring County, Arkansas

Hot Spring County was created 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. The county was named for the Naturally occurring hot springs within the county .

Currently the Hot Spring County Seat can be found in Malvern (The first county seat was at Rockport until 1879 when it moved to Malvern.) and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Hot Spring County happen to be Garland County (north), Saline County (northeast), Grant County (east), Dallas County (southeast), Clark County (south & west), Montgomery County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Hot Spring County consist of Donaldson, Friendship, Magnet Cove, Malvern, Perla, Rockport.

Hot Spring 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 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 does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present 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 with your research.

Hot Spring County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Hot Spring County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Hot Spring 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 Hot Spring 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 Hot Spring 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 210 Locust Streets, Malvern 72104, 501-332-2261, unless otherwise noted. Records complete since the formation of the county and kept in fire-proof vaults

I highly recommend you contact the clerk's office to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of from time to time changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will assist people in locating the resources, however it's up to the man or women to perform the basic research.
  • 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

Hot Spring County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Hot Spring County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Hot Spring Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hot Spring Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hot Spring Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hot Spring Co. AR Census Records

Hot Spring Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hot Spring Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Hot Spring Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hot Spring Co. AR General and History Websites

Hot Spring Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Hot Spring Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hot Spring Co. AR Military Records

Hot Spring Co. AR Schools & Directories

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