Pike County, Arkansas

Pike County was created on November 1, 1833 and was formed from Clark County and Hempstead County. Parts of Pike County was used to form the following counties: Howard 1873. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Sevier defined 15 November 1833, with Hempstead 14 December 1838, with Clark 22 April 1873 and 8 March 1877, with Montgomery 16 December 1874. The county was named in honor of Zebulon Pike (1779–1813), the explorer and discoverer of Pikes Peak.

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

Areas next to Pike County happen to be Montgomery County (north), Clark County (east), Nevada County (southeast), Hempstead County (south), Howard County (west).

Cities and towns located in Pike County consist of Antoine, Daisy, Delight, Glenwood, Murfreesboro, Nathan, Newhope, Pisgah, Salem .

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

Pike 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.

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

Pike County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Pike County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Pike 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 Pike 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 Pike 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 Courthouse Square, Murfreesboro 71958; 870-285-2414, unless otherwise noted. Arkansas History Commission sources report destruction of most records in an 1895 courthouse fire; an abstract book was saved.

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.
  • Pike 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 Pike 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 Pike County. They are also the ex-officio Pike county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Pike county.
    • Phone: (870) 285-2231
    • Court Records: 1895
    • Land Records: 1895
    • 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)
  • Pike 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 Pike county.
    • Phone: (870) 285-2743
    • Marriage Records: 1895 
    • Probate Records: 1895
  • Pike County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 285-3316

Pike County Genealogy Links

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

Pike Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Pike Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Pike Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Pike Co. AR Census Records

Pike Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Pike Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Pike Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Pike Co. AR General and History Websites

Pike Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Pike Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Pike Co. AR Military Records

Pike Co. AR Schools & Directories

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