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Lincoln County, Arkansas Facts

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

What is the County Seat of Lincoln County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Star City (first county seat was Cane Creek Church until 1871) and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

What counties are adjacent to Lincoln County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Jefferson County (north), Arkansas County (northeast), Desha County (east), Drew County (south), Cleveland County (west).

What cities and towns are in Lincoln County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Gould, Grady, Star City, Cummins Unit, Varner.


Lincoln County, AR Vital Records

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

What Lincoln County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Lincoln County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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 you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide


Lincoln County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Lincoln County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Lincoln County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Lincoln 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 300 South Drew Street, Star City 71667; 870-628-4147, unless otherwise noted. 

  • 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
  • BLM Land Records

Lincoln County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Lincoln Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lincoln Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Lincoln Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Lincoln Co. AR Military Records

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