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Lafayette County, Arkansas
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Lafayette County, Arkansas Facts

When was Lafayette County, AR Created?
Lafayette County was established 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.

What is the County Seat of Lafayette County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Lewisville and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Lafayette County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Hempstead County (north), Nevada County (northeast), Columbia County (east), Webster Parish, Louisiana (southeast), Bossier Parish, Louisiana (south), Caddo Parish, Louisiana (southwest), Miller County (west).

What cities and towns are in Lafayette County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bradley, Buckner, Lewisville, Stamps.

Lafayette County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Lafayette County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lafayette 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 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, AR Census Records

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

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 you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide

Lafayette County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Lafayette County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Lafayette County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Lafayette 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 Courthouse Square, Lewisville 71845; 870-921-4858, unless otherwise noted. 

  • 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
  • BLM Land Records

Lafayette County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Lafayette Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lafayette Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Lafayette Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lafayette Co. AR General and History Websites

Lafayette Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lafayette Co. AR Military Records

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