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Phillips County, Arkansas

Phillips County was created on May 1, 1820 and was formed from Arkansas County and Lawrence County. Parts of Phillips County was used to form the following counties: Crittenden 1825, Lee 1873, Monroe 1829, St. Francis 1827. Other county boundry changes occured when Part annexed to Arkansas 23 October 1821, W boundary defined 30 October 1823, line with Arkansas defined 21 November 1829. The county was named in honor of Sylvanus Phillips, a member of the territorial legislature .

Currently the Phillips County Seat can be found in Helena and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Phillips County happen to be Lee County (north), Tunica County, Mississippi (northeast), Coahoma County, Mississippi (east), Bolivar County, Mississippi (southeast), Desha County (south), Arkansas County (southwest), Monroe County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Phillips County consist of Elaine, Helena-West Helena, Lake View, Lexa, Marvell.

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

Phillips 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.

Phillips Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Phillips Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Phillips Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Phillips Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Phillips County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Phillips County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Phillips 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 Phillips 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 Phillips 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 620 Cherry Street, Helena 72342; 870-338-5500, unless otherwise noted. It was reported most of the records intact though some were "slightly damaged by being moth-eaten"; records were removed during the War but returned in good condition; entries kept in "Irregular D" volume while records were gone.

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.
  • Phillips 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 Phillips 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 Phillips County. They are also the ex-officio Phillips county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Phillips county.
    • Phone: (870) 338-5515
    • Court Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1820
    • 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)
  • Phillips 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 Phillips county.
    • Phone: (870) 338-5505
    • Marriage Records: 1831 
    • Probate Records: 1820
  • Phillips County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 338-5535

Phillips County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated to Phillips 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 Phillips County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Phillips Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Phillips Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Phillips Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Phillips Co. AR Census Records

Phillips Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Phillips Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Phillips Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Phillips Co. AR General and History Websites

Phillips Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Phillips Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Phillips Co. AR Military Records

Phillips Co. AR Schools & Directories

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