Searcy County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Searcy County was created on December 13, 1838 and was formed from Marion County. Parts of Searcy County was used to form the following counties: Baxter 1873, Stone 1873, Van Buren 1833. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Van Buren defined 2 October 1853, lines with Van Buren and Marion defined 20 October 1855. (Marion County was originally named Searcy 1835-1836) The county was named in honor of Richard Searcy, a judge from Lawrence County .

Currently the Searcy County Seat can be found in Marshall (The first county seat was at Lebanon, it moved to Marshall in 1856) and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

Areas next to Searcy County happen to be Marion County (north), Baxter County (northeast), Stone County (east), Van Buren County (south), Pope County (southwest), Newton County (west), Boone County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Searcy County consist of Gilbert, Leslie, Marshall, Pindall, St. Joe.

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

Searcy 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.

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

Searcy County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Searcy County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Searcy 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 Searcy 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 Searcy 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 Courthouse Square, Marshall 72650; 870-448-3554, unless otherwise noted. It was reported destruction of the records in Jan. 1864, partial destruction in March 1877, and destruction again in Aug. 1885. "All records prior to 1881 are missing except deed record A, one chancery court record, one probate court record, one circuit court record."

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.
  • Searcy 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 Searcy 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 Searcy County. They are also the ex-officio Searcy county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Searcy county.
    • Phone: (870) 448-3807
    • Court Records: 1881
    • Land Records: 1866
    • 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)
  • Searcy 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 Searcy county.
    • Phone: (870) 448-3807
    • Marriage Records: 1881 
    • Probate Records: 1881
  • Searcy County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 448-2464

Searcy County Genealogy Links

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

Searcy Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Searcy Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Searcy Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Searcy Co. AR Census Records

Searcy Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Searcy Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Searcy Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Searcy Co. AR General and History Websites

Searcy Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Searcy Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Searcy Co. AR Military Records

Searcy Co. AR Schools & Directories

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