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Independence County, Arkansas Facts

When was Independence County, AR Created?
Independence County was established 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.

What is the County Seat of Independence County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Batesville and in addition the county government website is www.independencecounty.com/

What counties are adjacent to Independence County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Sharp County (north), Lawrence County (northeast), Jackson County (east), White County (south), Cleburne County (southwest), Stone County (west), Izard County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Independence County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Batesville, Cave City, Cushman, Magness, Moorefield, Newark, Oil Trough, Pleasant Plains, Sulphur Rock, .


Independence County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Independence County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Independence 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 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, AR Census Records

What Independence County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Independence County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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 you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide


Independence County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Independence County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Independence County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Independence 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 192 East Main Street, Batesville 72501; 870-793-8800, unless otherwise noted. 

  • 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
  • BLM Land Records

Independence County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Independence Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Independence Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Independence Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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