Lincoln County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Lincoln County was created on March 28 1871 and was formed from Arkansas County, Bradley County, Desha County, Drew County and Jefferson County. Parts of Lincoln County was used to form the following counties: Cleveland 1873. Other county boundry changes occured when Part annexed to Desha 10 March 1879, line with Arkansas changed 25 March 1895, and with Desha 27 March 1925. The county was named in honor of Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), 16th President of the United States.

Currently the Lincoln County Seat can be found in Star City (first county seat was Cane Creek Church until 1871) and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

Areas next to Lincoln County happen to be Jefferson County (north), Arkansas County (northeast), Desha County (east), Drew County (south), Cleveland County (west).

Cities and towns located in Lincoln County consist of Gould, Grady, Star City, Cummins Unit, Varner.

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

Lincoln County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Lincoln Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Lincoln Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Lincoln Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Lincoln County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Lincoln County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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 300 South Drew Street, Star City 71667; 870-628-4147, unless otherwise noted. Records extant from 1871 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.
  • Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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 Lincoln County. They are also the ex-officio Lincoln county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Lincoln county.
    • Phone: (870) 628-3154
    • Court Records: 1871
    • Land Records:1871
    • 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)
  • Lincoln 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 Lincoln county.
    • Phone: (870) 628-5114
    • Marriage Records:1871 
    • Probate Records:1871
  • Lincoln County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 628-4401

Lincoln County Genealogy Links

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

Lincoln Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lincoln Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lincoln Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lincoln Co. AR Census Records

Lincoln Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Lincoln Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Lincoln Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lincoln Co. AR General and History Websites

Lincoln Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Lincoln Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lincoln Co. AR Military Records

Lincoln Co. AR Schools & Directories

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