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Jackson County, Arkansas

Jackson County was created 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. The county was named in honor of Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), 7th President of the United States.

Currently the Jackson County Seat can be found 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

Areas next to Jackson County happen to be Lawrence County (north), Craighead County (northeast), Poinsett County (east), Cross County (southeast), Woodruff County (south), White County (southwest), Independence County (west).

Cities and towns located in Jackson County consist of Amagon, Beedeville, Campbell Station, Diaz, Grubbs, Jacksonport, Newport, Possum_Grape, Swifton, Tuckerman, Tupelo, Weldon.

Jackson 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 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 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.

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 with your research.

Jackson County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Jackson County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Jackson 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 Jackson 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 Jackson 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 208 Main Street, Newport 72112; 870-523-7400, unless otherwise noted. None of the records had ever been destroyed and were 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.
  • 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

Jackson County Genealogy Links

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

Jackson Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Jackson Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Jackson Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Jackson Co. AR Census Records

Jackson Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Jackson Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Jackson Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Jackson Co. AR General and History Websites

Jackson Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Jackson Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Jackson Co. AR Military Records

Jackson Co. AR Schools & Directories

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