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Marion County, Arkansas

Marion County was created on November 3, 1835 and was formed from Izard County. Parts of Marion County was used to form the following counties: Baxter 1873, Searcy 1838. Other county boundry changes occured when W boundary defined 18 November 1837, line with Carroll defined 18 December 1846, part annexed from Fulton 18 January 1855, line with Van Buren defined 29 January 1855, line with Boone defined 9 December 1875, line changed with Baxter 9 March 1881. The county was named in honor of Francis Marion (1732–1795), an American general during the Revolutionary War.

Currently the Marion County Seat can be found in Yellville (a temporary county seat was held at the house of Thomas Adams) and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Marion County happen to be Ozark County, Missouri (north), Baxter County (east), Searcy County (south), Boone County (west), Taney County, Missouri (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Marion County consist of Bull Shoals, Flippin, Pyatt, Summit, Yellville.

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

Marion 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.

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

Marion County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Marion County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Marion 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 Marion 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 Marion 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 Marion County Courthouse, Yellville 72687; 870-449-6231, unless otherwise noted. Arkansas History Commission sources say a courthouse fire in 1888 destroyed many of the 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.
  • Marion 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 Marion 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 Marion County. They are also the ex-officio Marion county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Marion county.
    • Phone: (870) 449-6226
    • Court Records: ?
    • Land Records: 1859
    • 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)
  • Marion 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 Marion county.
    • Phone: (870) 449-6226
    • Marriage Records: 1876 
    • Probate Records:1886
  • Marion County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 449-4113

Marion County Genealogy Links

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

Marion Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Marion Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Marion Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Marion Co. AR Census Records

Marion Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Marion Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Marion Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Marion Co. AR General and History Websites

Marion Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Marion Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Marion Co. AR Military Records

Marion Co. AR Schools & Directories

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