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Perry County, Arkansas

Perry County was created 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.

Currently the Perry County Seat can be found in Perryville and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Perry County happen to be Conway County (north), Faulkner County (northeast), Pulaski County (east), Saline County (southeast), Garland County (southwest), Yell County (west).

Cities and towns located in Perry County consist of Adona, Bigelow, Casa, Fourche, Houston, Perry, Perryville.

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

Perry County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Perry County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Perry 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 Perry 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 Perry 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 310 West Main Street, Perryville 72126; 501-889-5128, unless otherwise noted. It was reported one small chancery volume saved in the 1881 fire and the records complete from 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.
  • 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

Perry County Genealogy Links

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

Perry Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Perry Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Perry Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Perry Co. AR Census Records

Perry Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Perry Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Perry Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Perry Co. AR General and History Websites

Perry Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Perry Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Perry Co. AR Military Records

Perry Co. AR Schools & Directories

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