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Ouachita County, Arkansas Facts

When was Ouachita County, AR Created?
Ouachita County was established on November 29, 1842 and was formed from Union County. Parts of Ouachita County was used to form the following counties: Calhoun 1850, Columbia 1852, Nevada 1871. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Union changed 6 January 1853. The county was named for the the Ouachita River.

What is the County Seat of Ouachita County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Camden and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

What counties are adjacent to Ouachita County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Dallas County (north), Calhoun County (east), Union County (south), Columbia County (southwest), Nevada County (west), Clark County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Ouachita County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bearden, Camden, Chidester, East Camden, Louann, Stephens.


Ouachita County, AR Vital Records

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


Ouachita County, AR Census Records

What Ouachita County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Ouachita County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

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


Ouachita County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Ouachita County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Ouachita County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Ouachita 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 145 Jefferson Street, Camden 71701; 870-837-2210, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Ouachita 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 Ouachita 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 Ouachita County. They are also the ex-officio Ouachita county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Ouachita county.
    • Phone: (870) 837-2230
    • Court Records: 1876
    • Land Records: 1869
    • 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)
  • Ouachita 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 Ouachita county.
    • Phone: (870) 837-2220
    • Marriage Records: 1875 
    • Probate Records: 1875
  • Ouachita County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 837-2240
  • BLM Land Records

Ouachita County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Ouachita-Calhoun Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 2092, Camden, AR 71711; The Ouachita-Calhoun Genealogical Society was formed in 1977 by a group of people interested in family history and in the preservation of the rich heritage of the area. In 1981, they began to publish "Researchin' Ouachita-Calhoun Counties", aimed at meeting the needs of researchers. The publication is published twice a year in April and October. Their collection of genealogy materials are housed at the Public Library of Camden and Ouachita County located at 120 Harrison Street, N. W. in Camden, Arkansas. Annual membership fee is $15. Monthly meetings are held regularly on the fourth Sunday afternoon at 2:00 P.M. in the Library. Membership and correspondence may be mailed to : Ouachita-Calhoun Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 2092, Camden, AR 71711| 
  • Ouachita County Historical Society, McCollum-Chidester House, 926 Washington Street, Camden, AR, 71711; The Historical Society actively works to preserve and promote the rich heritage and historical places in the county. Meetings for the Historical Society are held four times a year at 6:30 P.M. on the first Mondays in March, June, September and December at the McCollum-Chidester House, 926 Washington Street, Camden, AR. Meetings are open to the public. Annual membership dues are $20. The membership year begins July 1st and ends June 30th. Members are entitled to that year's four issues of the Historical Quarterly. Back issues of the Quarterly, if available, are $5 each, which includes postage.
  • Arkansas History Commission, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201; 501.682.6900
  • Arkansas Genealogical Society, 1411 Shady Grove Road, P.O. Box 908, Hot Springs, AR 71902-0908
  • Arkansas Historical Association, 416 Old Main, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701; 479-575-5884

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

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

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