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Sharp County, Arkansas

Sharp County was created on July 18, 1868 and was formed from Lawrence County. Other county boundry changes occured when Part of Independence annexed 21 April 1873, line with Independence defined 11 February 1875, line with Izard changed 9 March 1877, part annexed to Lawrence 21 March 1917, part of Lawrence annexed to Sharp 24 March 1917. The county was named in honor of Ephraim Sharp, an early settler of Arkansas .

Currently the Sharp County Seat can be found in Ash Flat and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Sharp County happen to be Oregon County, Missouri (north), Randolph County (northeast), Lawrence County (southeast), Independence County (south), Izard County (southwest), Fulton County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Sharp County consist of Ash Flat, Cave City, Cherokee Village, Evening Shade, Hardy, Highland, Horseshoe Bend, Ozark Acres, Poughkeepsie, Sidney, Williford.

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

Sharp County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

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

Sharp County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Sharp County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Sharp 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 Sharp 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 Sharp 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 718 Ash Flat Drive, Ash Flat 72513; 870-994-7338, unless otherwise noted. It was reported a fire of Jan. 20, 1880, destroyed all the county records, but they are complete from that time, housed in fire-proof vaults at Evening Shade and Hardy. The newspaper editor of the Sharp County Record published marriages prior to the fire. See the books by this publisher.

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.
  • Sharp 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 Sharp 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 Sharp County. They are also the ex-officio Sharp county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Sharp county.
    • Phone: (870) 994-7361
    • Court Records: 1880
    • Land Records: 1880
    • 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)
  • Sharp 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 Sharp county.
    • Phone: (870) 994-7361
    • Marriage Records: 1880 
    • Probate Records: 1880
  • Sharp County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 994-7328

Sharp County Genealogy Links

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

Sharp Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Sharp Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Sharp Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Sharp Co. AR Census Records

Sharp Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Sharp Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Sharp Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Sharp Co. AR General and History Websites

Sharp Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Sharp Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Sharp Co. AR Military Records

Sharp Co. AR Schools & Directories

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