Randolph County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Randolph County was created on October 29, 1835 and was formed from Lawrence County. Parts of Randolph County was used to form the following counties: Clay 1873. Other county boundry changes occured when Part of Lawrence attached 18 January 1861. The county was named in honor of John Randolph of Roanoke (1773–1833), a U.S. congressman from Virginia.

Currently the Randolph County Seat can be found in Pocahontas (The first county seat was at Black Rock, then it was moved to Bettis Bluff, in 1836, the seat was moved to Pocahantas) and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

Areas next to Randolph County happen to be Oregon County, Missouri (northwest), Ripley County, Missouri (northeast), Clay County (east), Greene County (southeast), Lawrence County (south), Sharp County (west).

Cities and towns located in Randolph County consist of Biggers, Maynard, O'Kean, Pocahontas, Ravenden Springs, Reyno.

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

Randolph 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.

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

Randolph County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Randolph County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Randolph 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 Randolph 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 Randolph 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 107 West Broadway, Pocahontas 72455; 870-892-5264, unless otherwise noted. The records complete from the formation of the county.

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.
  • Randolph 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 Randolph 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 Randolph County. They are also the ex-officio Randolph county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Randolph county.
    • Phone: (870) 892-5522
    • Court Records: 1820
    • Land Records: 1836
    • 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)
  • Randolph 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 Randolph county.
    • Phone: (870) 892-5822
    • Marriage Records: 1837
    • Probate Records: 1839
  • Randolph County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 892-3200

Randolph County Genealogy Links

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

Randolph Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Randolph Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Randolph Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Randolph Co. AR Census Records

Randolph Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Randolph Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Randolph Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Randolph Co. AR General and History Websites

Randolph Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Randolph Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Randolph Co. AR Military Records

Randolph Co. AR Schools & Directories

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