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Madison County, Arkansas

Madison County was created on September 30, 1836 and was formed from Washington County and Carroll County. Other county boundry changes occured when W boundary changed 30 November 1838, line with Carroll defined 1 January and 20 January 1843, line with Newton defined 21 December 1848, line with Carroll defined 29 December 1854 and 15 January 1857, part annexed to Carroll 8 April 1869. The county was named in honor of James Madison (1751–1836), 4th President of the United States .

Currently the Madison County Seat can be found in Huntsville and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Madison County happen to be Carroll County (north), Newton County (east), Johnson County (southeast), Franklin County (south), Crawford County (southwest), Washington County (west), Benton County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Madison County consist of Hindsville, Huntsville, St. Paul, Delaney, Kingston, Marble, Clifty, Forum, Weathers, Witter, Japton, Combs, Pettigrew, Wesley, Aurora.

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

Madison County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Madison Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Madison Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Madison Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Madison Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Madison County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Madison County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 201 West Main Street, Huntsville 72740; 479-738-6721, unless otherwise noted. It was reported the probate records complete from 1860; county court records complete from 1873; will records complete from 1880; deed records complete from 1843. A fire in 1902 destroyed deed record A and all will records except those recorded on court records.

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.
  • Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison County. They are also the ex-officio Madison county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Madison county.
    • Phone: (479) 738-2215
    • Court Records: 1866
    • Land Records: 1843
    • 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)
  • Madison 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 Madison county.
    • Phone: (479) 738-2747
    • Marriage Records: 1896 
    • Probate Records: 1860
  • Madison County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (479) 738-2325

Madison County Genealogy Links

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

Madison Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Madison Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Madison Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Madison Co. AR Census Records

Madison Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Madison Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Madison Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Madison Co. AR General and History Websites

Madison Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Madison Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Madison Co. AR Military Records

Madison Co. AR Schools & Directories

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