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Scott County, Arkansas
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Scott County, Arkansas Facts

When was Scott County, AR Created?
Scott County was established on November 5, 1833 and was formed from Crawford County and Pope County. Parts of Scott County was used to form the following counties: Logan County 1871, Sebastian 1851, Yell 1840. Other county boundry changes occured when Boundaries defined 24 October 1835, line with Crawford defined 16 December 1838, part of Sebastian annexed 1 June 1861, line with Logan County changed 21 March 1873, part annexed to Logan County 2 March 1903, line with Montgomery changed 21 February 1925. The county was named in honor of Andrew Scott (1789–1841), a territorial judge .

What is the County Seat of Scott County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Waldron and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Scott County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Sebastian County (northwest), Logan County (northeast), Yell County (east), Montgomery County (southeast), Polk County (south), Le Flore County, Oklahoma (west).

What cities and towns are in Scott County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Mansfield, Waldron.

Scott County, AR Vital Records

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

Scott County, AR Census Records

What Scott County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Scott 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.

Scott Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Scott Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Scott Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Scott 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

Scott County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Scott County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Scott County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Scott 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 Courthouse Square, Waldron 72958; 479-637-2155, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Scott 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 Scott 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 Scott County. They are also the ex-officio Scott county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Scott county.
    • Phone: (479) 637-2642
    • Court Records: 1882
    • Land Records: 1882
    • 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)
  • Scott 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 Scott county.
    • Phone: (479) 637-2642
    • Marriage Records: 1882 
    • Probate Records: 1882
  • Scott County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (479) 637-2666
  • BLM Land Records

Scott County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Scott Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Scott Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Scott Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Scott Co. AR General and History Websites

Scott Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Scott Co. AR Military Records

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