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Little River County, Arkansas

Little River County was created 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.

Currently the Little River County Seat can be found 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

Areas next to Little River County happen to be Sevier County (north), Howard County (northeast), Hempstead County (east), Miller County (southeast), Bowie County, Texas (south), McCurtain County, Oklahoma (west).

Cities and towns located in Little River County consist of Ashdown, Foreman, Ogden, Wilton, Winthrop.

Little River 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 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 does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present 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 with your research.

Little River County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Little River County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Little River 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 Little River 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 Little River 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 351 North Second, Ashdown 71822; 870-898-7202, unless otherwise noted. It was reported the following records missing: county court records from 1867 to Jan. 1876, destroyed by fire in 1882; marriage record from 1867 to Dec. 1880, cause of destruction unknown; real estate tax books from 1867 to 1882, destroyed by fire in 1882. At that time records were kept in "a temporary courthouse, an unsafe frame building.

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.
  • 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

Little River County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Little River County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Little River Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Little River Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Little River Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Little River Co. AR Census Records

Little River Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Little River Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Little River Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Little River Co. AR General and History Websites

Little River Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Little River Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Little River Co. AR Military Records

Little River Co. AR Schools & Directories

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