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Searcy County, Arkansas
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Searcy County, Arkansas Facts

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

What is the County Seat of Searcy County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Marshall (The first county seat was at Lebanon, it moved to Marshall in 1856) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Searcy County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Marion County (north), Baxter County (northeast), Stone County (east), Van Buren County (south), Pope County (southwest), Newton County (west), Boone County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Searcy County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Gilbert, Leslie, Marshall, Pindall, St. Joe.

Searcy County, AR Vital Records

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

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

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 you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide

Searcy County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Searcy County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Searcy County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Searcy 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, Marshall 72650; 870-448-3554, unless otherwise noted. 

  • 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
  • BLM Land Records

Searcy County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Searcy Co. AR Military Records

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