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Jefferson County, Arkansas Facts

When was Jefferson County, AR Created?
Jefferson County was established on November 2, 1829 and was formed from Arkansas County and Pulaski County. Parts of Jefferson County was used to form the following counties: Cleveland 1873, Grant 1869, Lincoln 1871. Other county boundry changes occured when Boundaries defined 3 November 1831 and 29 October 1836, lines changed with Lincoln and Desha 20 March 1879 and with Arkansas 25 February 1889. The county was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), 3rd President of the United States.

What is the County Seat of Jefferson County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Pine Bluff and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

What counties are adjacent to Jefferson County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Pulaski County (northwest), Lonoke County (north), Arkansas County (east), Lincoln County (southeast), Cleveland County (southwest), Grant County (west).

What cities and towns are in Jefferson County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Altheimer, Humphrey, Pine Bluff, Redfield, Sherrill, Wabbaseka, White Hall.


Jefferson County, AR Vital Records

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


Jefferson County, AR Census Records

What Jefferson County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Jefferson 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.

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


Jefferson County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Jefferson County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Jefferson County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Jefferson 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 101 East Barraque Street, Pine Bluff 71601; 870-541-5360, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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 Jefferson County. They are also the ex-officio Jefferson county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Jefferson county.
    • Phone: (870) 541-5304
    • Court Records: 1830
    • Land Records: 1830
    • 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)
  • Jefferson 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 Jefferson county.
    • Phone: (870) 541-5322
    • Marriage Records: 1830
    • Probate Records: 1829
  • Jefferson County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 541-5334
  • BLM Land Records

Jefferson County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Jefferson Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Jefferson Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Jefferson Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Jefferson Co. AR General and History Websites

Jefferson Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Jefferson Co. AR Military Records

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