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Madison County, Arkansas Facts

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

What is the County Seat of Madison County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Huntsville and in addition the county government website is www.huntsvillearchamber.com

What counties are adjacent to Madison County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Carroll County (north), Newton County (east), Johnson County (southeast), Franklin County (south), Crawford County (southwest), Washington County (west), Benton County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Madison County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Hindsville, Huntsville, St. Paul, Delaney, Kingston, Marble, Clifty, Forum, Weathers, Witter, Japton, Combs, Pettigrew, Wesley, Aurora.


Madison County, AR Vital Records

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

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


Madison County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Madison County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Madison County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Madison 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 201 West Main Street, Huntsville 72740; 479-738-6721, unless otherwise noted. 

  • 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
  • BLM Land Records

Madison County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Madison Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Madison Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Madison Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Madison Co. AR General and History Websites

Madison Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Madison Co. AR Military Records

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