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Newton County, Arkansas
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Newton County, Arkansas Facts

When was Newton County, AR Created?
Newton County was established on December 14, 1842 and was formed from Carroll County.   Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Madison defined 21 December 1841, line with Pope County defined 10 January 1853. The county was named in honor of Thomas W. Newton (1804–1853), a State Senator and member of the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas .

What is the County Seat of Newton County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Jasper and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Newton County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Boone County (north), Searcy County (east), Pope County (southeast), Johnson County (south), Madison County (west), Carroll County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Newton County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Jasper, Western Grove, Bass, Compton, Deer, Hasty, Marble Falls, Mount Judea, Parthenon, Ponca, Vendor, Wayton.

Newton County, AR Vital Records

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

Newton County, AR Census Records

What Newton County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Newton County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Newton Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Newton Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Newton Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Newton 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

Newton County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Newton County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Newton County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Newton 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 Court Street, Jasper 72641; 870-446-5127, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Newton 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 Newton 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 Newton County. They are also the ex-officio Newton county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Newton county.
    • Phone: (870) 446-5125
    • Court Records: 1880
    • Land Records: 1866
    • 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)
  • Newton 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 Newton county.
    • Phone: (870) 446-5125
    • Marriage Records: 1866 
    • Probate Records: 1880
  • Newton County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 446-2937
  • BLM Land Records

Newton County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Newton Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Newton Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Newton Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Newton Co. AR General and History Websites

Newton Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Newton Co. AR Military Records

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