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Jackson County, Arkansas
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Jackson County, Arkansas Facts

When was Jackson County, AR Created?
Jackson County was established on  November 5, 1829 and was formed from Lawrence County and St. Francis County. Parts of Jackson County was used to form the following counties: White 1835, Woodruff 1862. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Independence defined 8 November 1836, part of St. Francis attached 10 January 1851.

What is the County Seat of Jackson County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Newport (The first county seat was establish in 1832 at Litchfied, in 1839 the seat moved to Elizabeth,, in 1852 it was moved to Augusta, the next year 1853 it moved to Jacksonport and finally it moved to Newport) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Jackson County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Lawrence County, Craighead County, Poinsett County, Cross County, Woodruff County, White County, Independence County.

What cities and towns are in Jackson County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Amagon, Beedeville, Campbell Station, Diaz, Grubbs, Jacksonport, Newport, Possum_Grape, Swifton, Tuckerman, Tupelo, Weldon.

Jackson County, AR Vital Records

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

Jackson County, AR Census Records

What Jackson County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Jackson County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Jackson Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Jackson Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Jackson Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Jackson 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

Jackson County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Jackson County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Jackson County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Jackson 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 208 Main Street, Newport 72112; 870-523-7400, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Jackson 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 Jackson 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 Jackson County. They are also the ex-officio Jackson county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Jackson county.
    • Phone: (870) 523-7423
    • Court Records: 1830
    • Land Records: 1831
    • 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)
  • Jackson 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 Jackson county.
    • Phone: (870) 523-7420
    • Marriage Records: 1846 
    • Probate Records: 1845
  • Jackson County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 523-7410
  • BLM Land Records

Jackson County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Jackson Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Jackson Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Jackson Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Jackson Co. AR General and History Websites

Jackson Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Jackson Co. AR Military Records

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