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Howard County, Arkansas
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Howard County, Arkansas Facts

When was Howard County, AR Created?
Howard County was established on April 7, 1873 and was formed from Pike County, Hempstead County, Polk County and Sevier County. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Sevier changed 15 March 1895. The county was named in honor of James H. Howard, an Arkansas State Senator.

What is the County Seat of Howard County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Nashville (Center Point was the first county seat until 1884 when it was moved to Nashville) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Howard County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Polk County (north), Pike County (east), Hempstead County (southeast), Little River County (southwest), Sevier County (west)

What cities and towns are in Howard County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Dierks, Mineral Springs, Nashville, Tollette.

Howard County, AR Vital Records

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

Howard County, AR Census Records

What Howard County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Howard 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.

Howard Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Howard Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Howard 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

Howard County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Howard County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Howard County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Howard 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 421 North Main Street, Nashville 71852; 870-845-7500, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Howard 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 Howard 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 Howard County. They are also the ex-officio Howard county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Howard county.
    • Phone: (870) 845-7506
    • Court Records: 1873
    • Land Records:1873
    • 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)
  • Howard 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 Howard county.
    • Phone: (870) 845-7502
    • Marriage Records:1873 
    • Probate Records:1873
  • Howard County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 845-7511
  • BLM Land Records

Howard County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Howard Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Howard Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Howard Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Howard Co. AR General and History Websites

Howard Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Howard Co. AR Military Records

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