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Polk County was created on November 30, 1844 and was formed from Sevier County. Parts of Polk County was used to form the following counties: Howard 1873, Sebastian 1851. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Montgomery changed 7 February 1859, part of Sebastian annexed 1 June 1861, line with Pike defined 7 April 1873. The county was named in honor of James Knox Polk (1795–1849), the eleventh president of the United States.
Currently the Polk County Seat can be found in Mena (the first county seat was at a settlement called Panther before moving to Mena) and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/
Areas next to Polk County happen to be Scott County (north), Montgomery County (east), Howard County (southeast), Sevier County (south), McCurtain County, Oklahoma (southwest), Le Flore County, Oklahoma (northwest).
Cities and towns located in Polk County consist of Cove, Grannis, Hatfield, Mena, Vandervoort, Wickes.
Polk 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 Polk 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 Polk County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Polk Co. Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Divorce Certificates, Death Certificates to mail.
Polk County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.
Polk Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Polk Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Polk Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Polk Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.
A list of Polk County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Arkansas Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.
Researchers typically forget the advantages of Polk 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 Polk 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 Polk 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 507 Church Avenue, Mena 71953; 479-394-8130, unless otherwise noted. All records prior to 1883 destroyed in a courthouse fire except one probate record dating from Sept. 1876, one county court record dating from July 1876, and one circuit court record dating from Feb. 1877.
The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated to Polk 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 Polk County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.