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Little River County, Arkansas
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Little River County, Arkansas Facts

When was Little River County, AR Created?
Little River County was established on March 5, 1867 and was formed from Hempstead County and Sevier County. Other county boundry changes occured when Part annexed to Miller 30 March 1915. The county was named for the Little River, a tributary of the Red River.

What is the County Seat of Little River County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Ashdown (county seat was originally at Foreman, moved to Rocky Comfort in 1868, it was moved to Richmond in 1880 and then Ashdown) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Little River County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Sevier County (north), Howard County (northeast), Hempstead County (east), Miller County (southeast), Bowie County, Texas (south), McCurtain County, Oklahoma (west).

What cities and towns are in Little River County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Ashdown, Foreman, Ogden, Wilton, Winthrop.

Little River County, AR Vital Records

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

Little River County, AR Census Records

What Little River County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Little River County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Little River Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Little River Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Little River 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

Little River County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Little River County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Little River County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Little River 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 351 North Second, Ashdown 71822; 870-898-7202, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Little River 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 Little River 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 Little River County. They are also the ex-officio Little River county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Little River county.
    • Phone: (870) 898-7212
    • Court Records: 1868
    • Land Records: 1867
    • 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)
  • Little River 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 Little River county.
    • Phone: (870) 898-7208
    • Marriage Records: 1880
    • Probate Records: 1869
  • Little River County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 898-7204
  • BLM Land Records

Little River County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Little River Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Little River Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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