Lafayette County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Lafayette County was created on October 15, 1827 and was formed from Hempstead County. Parts of Lafayette County was used to form the following counties: Columbia 1852, Miller 1874. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Union defined 26 November 1846, part of Columbia annexed 29 April 1901. The county was named in honor of Marquis de la Fayette (1757–1834), a Frenchman who served as a General in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

Currently the Lafayette County Seat can be found in Lewisville and in addition the county government website is www.lafayettecounty.arkansas.gov

Areas next to Lafayette County happen to be Hempstead County (north), Nevada County (northeast), Columbia County (east), Webster Parish, Louisiana (southeast), Bossier Parish, Louisiana (south), Caddo Parish, Louisiana (southwest), Miller County (west).

Cities and towns located in Lafayette County consist of Bradley, Buckner, Lewisville, Stamps.

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

Lafayette 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.

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

Lafayette County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Lafayette County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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 Courthouse Square, Lewisville 71845; 870-921-4858, unless otherwise noted. Records extant from 1827 and in good condition

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.
  • Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette County. They are also the ex-officio Lafayette county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Lafayette county.
    • Phone: (870) 921-4878
    • Court Records: 1828
    • Land Records:1828
    • 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)
  • Lafayette 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 Lafayette county.
    • Phone: (870) 921-4633
    • Marriage Records:1828 
    • Probate Records:1828
  • Lafayette County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 921-4808

Lafayette County Genealogy Links

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

Lafayette Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lafayette Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lafayette Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lafayette Co. AR Census Records

Lafayette Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Lafayette Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Lafayette Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lafayette Co. AR General and History Websites

Lafayette Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Lafayette Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lafayette Co. AR Military Records

Lafayette Co. AR Schools & Directories

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