Independence County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Independence County was created on October 20, 1820 and was formed from Arkansas County and Lawrence County. Parts of Independence County was used to form the following counties: Cleburne 1883, Izard 1825, Jackson 1829, Sharp 1873, Stone 1873, Van Buren 1833, White 1835. Other county boundry changes occured when Part of E boundary defined 30 October 1823, part annexed to Izard 22 October 1828, line with Izard and Conway defined 4 November 1831, line with Jackson defined 8 November 1836, line with Izard defined 21 February and 14 December 1838 and 26 December 1840, line with Sharp defined 11 February 1875. The county was named for the The Declaration of Independence.

Currently the Independence County Seat can be found in Batesville and in addition the county government website is www.independencecounty.com/

Areas next to Independence County happen to be Sharp County (north), Lawrence County (northeast), Jackson County (east), White County (south), Cleburne County (southwest), Stone County (west), Izard County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Independence County consist of Batesville, Cave City, Cushman, Magness, Moorefield, Newark, Oil Trough, Pleasant Plains, Sulphur Rock, .

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

Independence 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.

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

Independence County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Independence County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Independence 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 Independence 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 Independence 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 192 East Main Street, Batesville 72501; 870-793-8800, unless otherwise noted. The following records are complete from the dates named: records of common pleas court, first held by two justices of the peace begin Nov. 19, 1821; records of deeds and mortgages begin with Dec. 14, 1820; all court records and records of the recorder's office are complete from these dates. No records are missing. The state of preservation is good; a number of the records have been rebound, but the writing is legible. They are kept in fire-proof vaults.

  • Independence 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 Independence 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 Independence County. They are also the ex-officio Independence county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Independence county.
    • Phone: (870) 793-8833
    • Court Records: 1821
    • Land Records: 1820
    • 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)
  • Independence 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 Independence county.
    • Phone: (870) 793-8828
    • Marriage Records: 1826 
    • Probate Records: 1839
  • Independence County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 793-8842

Independence County Genealogy Links

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

Independence Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Independence Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Independence Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Independence Co. AR Census Records

Independence Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Independence Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Independence Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Independence Co. AR General and History Websites

Independence Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Independence Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Independence Co. AR Military Records

Independence Co. AR Schools & Directories

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