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Sevier County, Arkansas
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Sevier County, Arkansas Facts

When was Sevier County, AR Created?
Sevier County was established on October 17, 1828 and was formed from Hempstead County and Miller County (Old). Parts of Sevier County was used to form the following counties: Howard 1873, Little River 1867, Polk 1844. Other county boundry changes occured when Boundaries defined 8 November 1833, line with Pike defined 15 November 1833, SE boundary defined 29 October 1836, line with Howard defined 17 April 1873, and changed with Howard 15 March 1895. The county was named in honor of Ambrose Sevier (1801–1848), a U.S. Senator from Arkansas .

What is the County Seat of Sevier County, AR?
The County Seat is located in De Queen (the first county seat was at Paraclifta in 1828, second was Lockesburg in 1871.) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Sevier County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Polk County (north), Howard County (east), Hempstead County (southeast), Little River County (south), McCurtain County, Oklahoma (west).

What cities and towns are in Sevier County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Ben Lomond, De Queen, Gillham, Horatio, Lockesburg.

Sevier County, AR Vital Records

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

Sevier County, AR Census Records

What Sevier County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Sevier County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

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

Sevier County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Sevier County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Sevier County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Sevier 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 115 North Third Street, DeQueen 71832; 870-642-2425, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Sevier 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 Sevier 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 Sevier County. They are also the ex-officio Sevier county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Sevier county.
    • Phone: (870) 584-3055
    • Court Records: 1829
    • Land Records: 1830
    • 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)
  • Sevier 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 Sevier county.
    • Phone: (870) 642-2852
    • Marriage Records: 1829 
    • Probate Records: 1830
  • Sevier County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 584-3182
  • BLM Land Records

Sevier County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Sevier County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Sevier 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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Sevier Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

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Sevier Co. AR Military Records

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