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Marion County, Arkansas
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Marion County, Arkansas Facts

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

What is the County Seat of Marion County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Yellville (a temporary county seat was held at the house of Thomas Adams) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Marion County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Ozark County, Missouri (north), Baxter County (east), Searcy County (south), Boone County (west), Taney County, Missouri (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Marion County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bull Shoals, Flippin, Pyatt, Summit, Yellville.

Marion County, AR Vital Records

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

What Marion County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Marion 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.

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 you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide

Marion County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Marion County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Marion County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Marion 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 Marion County Courthouse, Yellville 72687; 870-449-6231, unless otherwise noted. 

  • 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
  • BLM Land Records

Marion County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Marion Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Marion Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Marion Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Marion Co. AR General and History Websites

Marion Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Marion Co. AR Military Records

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