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Randolph County, Arkansas
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Randolph County, Arkansas Facts

When was Randolph County, AR Created?
Randolph County was established 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.

What is the County Seat of Randolph County, AR?
The County Seat is located 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

What counties are adjacent to Randolph County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Oregon County, Missouri (northwest), Ripley County, Missouri (northeast), Clay County (east), Greene County (southeast), Lawrence County (south), Sharp County (west).

What cities and towns are in Randolph County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Biggers, Maynard, O'Kean, Pocahontas, Ravenden Springs, Reyno.

Randolph County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Randolph County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Randolph 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 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, AR Census Records

What Randolph County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Randolph County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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 you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide

Randolph County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Randolph County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Randolph County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Randolph 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 107 West Broadway, Pocahontas 72455; 870-892-5264, unless otherwise noted. 

  • 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
  • BLM Land Records

Randolph County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Randolph Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Randolph Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Randolph Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Randolph Co. AR General and History Websites

Randolph Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Randolph Co. AR Military Records

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