Izard County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Izard County was created on October 27, 1825 and was formed from Independence County and Fulton County. Parts of Izard County was used to form the following counties: Baxter 1873, Carroll 1833, Fulton 1842, Marion 1836, Stone 1873, Van Buren 1833. Other county boundry changes occured when W boundary extended 3 October 1827, part of Indian purchase added 22 October 1828, line with Independence defined 5 November 1831, S boundary defined 11 November 1833, line with Independence defined 21 February and 14 December 1838 and 21 December 1840, W boundary defined 24 December 1840, line with Baxter and Fulton defined 17 February 1875 and with Sharp 9 March 1877. The county was named in honor of George Izard (1776–1828), Governor of the Missouri Territory and a General during the War of 1812.

Currently the Izard County Seat can be found in Melbourne (the county seat was originally located at Liberty, moved to Mount Olive in 1836, Mount Vernon in the 1940s, and finally settled at Melbourne in 1875) and in addition the county government website is www.izardcountyar.org/

Areas next to Izard County happen to be Fulton County (north), Sharp County (east), Independence County (southeast), Stone County (southwest), Baxter County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Izard County consist of Calico Rock, Franklin, Guion, Horseshoe Bend, Melbourne, Mount Pleasant, Oxford, Pineville, Wiseman.

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

Izard 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.

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

Izard County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Izard County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Izard 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 Izard 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 Izard 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 County Courthouse, Melbourne 72556; 870-368-4328, unless otherwise noted. It was reported the loss of all records before April 11, 1869; information from the Arkansas History Commission indicates another fire in 1889 destroyed all county records.

  • Izard 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 Izard 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 Izard County. They are also the ex-officio Izard county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Izard county.
    • Phone: 870.368.4316
    • Court Records: 1889
    • Land Records: 1889
    • 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)
  • Izard 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 Izard county.
    • Phone: 870.368.4316
    • Marriage Records:1889 
    • Probate Records:1889
  • Izard County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: 870-368-7810

Izard County Genealogy Links

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

Izard Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Izard Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

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Izard Co. AR Census Records

Izard Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Izard Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Izard Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Izard Co. AR General and History Websites

Izard Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

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Izard Co. AR Military Records

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