Poinsett County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Poinsett County was created on February 28, 1838 and was formed from Greene County and St. Francis County. Parts of Poinsett County was used to form the following counties: Craighead 1858, Cross 1862. The county was named in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779–1851), a United States Secretary of War and namesake of the poinsettia.

Currently the Poinsett County Seat can be found in  Harrisburg (the first county seat was at Bolivar and was moved to Harrisburg in 1856) and in addition the county government website is www.poinsettcounty.us/

Areas next to Poinsett County happen to be Craighead County (north), Mississippi County (east), Crittenden County (southeast), Cross County (south), Jackson County (west).

Cities and towns located in Poinsett County consist of Fisher, Greenfield, Harrisburg, Lepanto, Marked Tree, Rivervale, Trumann, Tyronza, Waldenburg, Weiner.

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

Poinsett 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.

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

Poinsett County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Poinsett County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Poinsett 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 Poinsett 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 Poinsett 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 401 Market Street, Harrisburg 72432; 870-578-5333, unless otherwise noted. It was reported loss of all records in a courthouse fire Sept. 1873, but complete since that time.

  • Poinsett 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 Poinsett 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 Poinsett County. They are also the ex-officio Poinsett county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Poinsett county.
    • Phone: (870) 578-4420
    • Court Records:1873
    • Land Records:1873
    • 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)
  • Poinsett 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 Poinsett county.
    • Phone: (870) 578-4412
    • Marriage Records: 1873
    • Probate Records:1871
  • Poinsett County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 578-4432

Poinsett County Genealogy Links

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

Poinsett Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Poinsett Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Poinsett Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Poinsett Co. AR Census Records

Poinsett Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Poinsett Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Poinsett Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Poinsett Co. AR General and History Websites

Poinsett Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Poinsett Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Poinsett Co. AR Military Records

Poinsett Co. AR Schools & Directories

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