Saline County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Saline County was created on November 2, 1835 and was formed from Independence County and Pulaski County. Parts of Saline County was used to form the following counties: Garland 1873, Grant 1869. Other county boundry changes occured when Boundaries defined 5 October 1836, line with Pulaski defined 25 February and 14 December 1838 and 21 December 1846, line with Hot Spring defined 23 December 1846, 19 February 1859, and 19 January 1861, line with Pulaski defined 12 April 1873 and 17 December 1875. The county was named ifor the Salt reserves found within its borders, the salt mines began work in the 1820s and its goods were shipped throughout the southern United States..

Currently the Saline County Seat can be found in Benton and in addition the county government website is www.salinecounty.org/

Areas next to Saline County happen to be Perry County (northwest), Pulaski County (northeast), Grant County (southeast), Hot Spring County (southwest), Garland County (west).

Cities and towns located in Saline County consist of Alexander, Bauxite, Benton, Bryant, Haskell, Shannon Hills, Traskwood.

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

Saline 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.

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

Saline County Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Saline County History and Heritage Society, Inc., P.O. Box 1712, Benton, AR 72018-1712; 501-778-3770; The Saline County History & Heritage Society, Inc. was formed in 1986, with the objective of preserving the history of Saline County and her families. At the time of the founding of the SCHHS, there was virtually nothing in print on Saline County, although the county is one of the oldest in the state, having been formed on November 2, 1835 from Pulaski county. Saline County is one of a small number of counties with county records virtually intact: there have been no courthouse fires, although losses of records have occurred over the years through neglect. The Saline is the BI-annual publication of the SCHHS and contains about 125 pages annually. Publication dates are March and September of each year. The Saline includes cemetery surveys, Civil War reminiscences and letters, Saline County family histories, pictures, local histories, and anything to enlighten the reader on the subject of Saline County. Members are entitled to unlimited free queries on Saline County subjects. SCHHS meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the meeting room of the Woodall Central Fire station in downtown Benton. The SCHHS operates the SCHHS Archives and Family Research Center in the basement of the U.A.L.R. Learning center at 401 River Street in Benton, Arkansas. The Research Center is open Tuesday and Wednesday of each week from 9:00 - 12:00 noon.
  • Gann Museum of Saline County, 218 South Market Street, Benton, AR 72015; 479/778-5513
  • Arkansas Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
  • Arkansas State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Saline County USGenWeb Archives Project (usgwarchives.net)
  • Saline County, Arkansas Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Saline County
  • Saline County, Arkansas Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Saline County

Saline County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Saline 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 Saline 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 Saline 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 200 North Main Street, Benton 72015; 501-303-5600, unless otherwise noted. Records complete and kept in fire-proof vaults.

  • Saline 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 Saline 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 Saline County. They are also the ex-officio Saline county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Saline county.
    • Phone: (501) 303-5615
    • Court Records: 1836
    • Land Records: 1871
    • 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)
  • Saline 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 Saline county.
    • Phone: (501) 303-5630
    • Marriage Records: 1836 
    • Probate Records: 1836
  • Saline County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (501) 303-5622

Saline County Genealogy Links

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

Saline Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Saline Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Saline Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Saline Co. AR Census Records

Saline Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Saline Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Saline Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Saline Co. AR General and History Websites

Saline Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Saline Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Saline Co. AR Military Records

Saline Co. AR Schools & Directories

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