Ouachita County, Arkansas

Ouachita County was created 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.

Currently the Ouachita County Seat can be found in Camden and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

Areas next to Ouachita County happen to be Dallas County (north), Calhoun County (east), Union County (south), Columbia County (southwest), Nevada County (west), Clark County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Ouachita County consist of Bearden, Camden, Chidester, East Camden, Louann, Stephens.

Ouachita 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 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 does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present 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 with your research.

Ouachita County Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • 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 Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
  • Arkansas State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Ouachita County USGenWeb Archives Project (usgwarchives.net)
  • Ouachita County, Arkansas Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Ouachita County
  • Ouachita County, Arkansas Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Ouachita County

Ouachita County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Ouachita 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 Ouachita 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 Ouachita 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 145 Jefferson Street, Camden 71701; 870-837-2210, unless otherwise noted. It was reported all records destroyed by a fire, Dec. 19, 1875; but complete since that time.

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.
  • 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

Ouachita County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Ouachita County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Ouachita Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Ouachita Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Ouachita Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Ouachita Co. AR Census Records

Ouachita Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Ouachita Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Ouachita Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Ouachita Co. AR General and History Websites

Ouachita Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Ouachita Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ouachita Co. AR Military Records

Ouachita Co. AR Schools & Directories

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