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Prairie County, Arkansas
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Prairie County, Arkansas Facts

When was Prairie County, AR Created?
Prairie County was established on November 25, 1846 and was formed from Arkansas County and Pulaski County. Parts of Prairie County was used to form the following counties: Lonoke 1873. Other county boundry changes occured when Boundary with Pulaski changed 30 December 1848, with Monroe 7 December 1850, boundaries redefined 12 April 1869, line with White defined 17 April 1873, boundaries redefined 26 April 1873 and 27 May 1874, line with Lonoke changed 30 November 1875, divided into two districts 1885. The county was named for the Grand Prairie of eastern Arkansas.

What is the County Seat of Prairie County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Des Arc & DeValls Bluff (The county seat was originally located at Brownsville (present-day Lonoke County) and moved to DeVall's Bluff in 1873) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Prairie County, AR?
Bordering Counties are White County (north), Woodruff County (northeast), Monroe County (east), Arkansas County (south), Lonoke County (west).

What cities and towns are in Prairie County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include De Valls Bluff, Des Arc, Fredonia (Biscoe), Hazen, Ulm.

Prairie County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Prairie County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Prairie County vital records can be found at 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 Prairie 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 Prairie County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Prairie Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.

Prairie County, AR Census Records

What Prairie County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Prairie County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Prairie Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Prairie Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Prairie Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Prairie Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide

Prairie County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Prairie County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Prairie County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Prairie County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Arkansas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 200 Courthouse Square, Des Arc 72040 or 123 Magnolia Street, DeValls Bluff 72041; 870-256-3741, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Prairie 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 Prairie 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 Prairie County. They are also the ex-officio Prairie county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Prairie county.
    • Phone: (870) 256-4434
    • Court Records:1854
    • Land Records:1854
    • 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)
  • Prairie 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 Prairie county.
    • Phone: (870) 256-4434
    • Marriage Records:1854 
    • Probate Records: 1854
  • Prairie County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 256-4692
  • BLM Land Records

Prairie County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Prairie County, AR?
A list of Prairie County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Arkansas Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Prairie County, AR Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Prairie County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Prairie 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.

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Prairie Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Prairie Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Prairie Co. AR Military Records

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