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Howard County, Arkansas

Howard County was created 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.

Currently the Howard County Seat can be found 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

Areas next to Howard County happen to be Polk County (north), Pike County (east), Hempstead County (southeast), Little River County (southwest), Sevier County (west)

Cities and towns located in Howard County consist of Dierks, Mineral Springs, Nashville, Tollette.

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

Howard County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Howard County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Howard 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 Howard 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 Howard 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 421 North Main Street, Nashville 71852; 870-845-7500, unless otherwise noted. County records complete 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.
  • 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

Howard County Genealogy Links

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

Howard Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Howard Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Howard Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Howard Co. AR Census Records

Howard Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Howard Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Howard Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Howard Co. AR General and History Websites

Howard Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Howard Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Howard Co. AR Military Records

Howard Co. AR Schools & Directories

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