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Perry County, Arkansas
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Perry County, Arkansas Facts

When was Perry County, AR Created?
Perry County was established on December 18, 1840 and was formed from Conway County. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Pulaski, Saline, and Montgomery defined 23 December 1846, old line with Montgomery re-established 21 December 1848, line with Yell defined 8 April 1891. The county was named in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819), a naval officer in the War of 1812.

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

What counties are adjacent to Perry County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Conway County (north), Faulkner County (northeast), Pulaski County (east), Saline County (southeast), Garland County (southwest), Yell County (west).

What cities and towns are in Perry County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Adona, Bigelow, Casa, Fourche, Houston, Perry, Perryville.

Perry County, AR Vital Records

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

Perry County, AR Census Records

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

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

Perry County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Perry County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Perry County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Perry 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 310 West Main Street, Perryville 72126; 501-889-5128, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Perry 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 Perry 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 Perry County. They are also the ex-officio Perry county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Perry county.
    • Phone: (501) 889-5126
    • Court Records: 1882
    • Land Records: 1882
    • 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)
  • Perry 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 Perry county.
    • Phone: (501) 889-5126
    • Marriage Records: 1882 
    • Probate Records: 1882
  • Perry County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (501) 889-2865
  • BLM Land Records

Perry County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Perry Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Perry Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Perry Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Perry Co. AR General and History Websites

Perry Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Perry Co. AR Military Records

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