Saint Francis County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Saint Francis County was created on October 13, 1827 and was formed from Phillips County. Parts of St. Francis County was used to form the following counties: Cross 1862, Lee 1873, Poinsett 1838, Woodruff 1862. Other county boundry changes occured when St. Francis River declared boundary with Crittenden 3 November 1831, part annexed to Jackson 1 January 1851. The county was named for the St. Francis River, a tributary of the Mississippi River.

Currently the Saint Francis County Seat can be found in Forrest City (The first county seat was located at Franklin, it moved to Madison then moved to Forrest City in 1874) and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

Areas next to Saint Francis County happen to be Cross County (north), Crittenden County (east), Lee County (south), Monroe County (southwest), Woodruff County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Saint Francis County consist of Caldwell, Colt, Forrest City, Hughes, Madison, Palestine, Wheatley, Widener.

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

Saint Francis County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

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

Saint Francis County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Saint Francis County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Saint Francis 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 Saint Francis 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 Saint Francis 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 313 South Izard Street, Forrest City 72335; 870-261-1700, unless otherwise noted. A fire in the latter part of 1874 destroyed many of the county records, but many of the deed records were only partially burned. They have since been recopied as far as possible. All the records were destroyed by fire during the War. They are therefore complete since 1874, and almost complete since 1865.

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.
  • Saint Francis 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 Saint Francis 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 Saint Francis County. They are also the ex-officio Saint Francis county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Saint Francis county.
    • Phone: (870) 261-1715
    • Court Records: 1910
    • Land Records: 1860
    • 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)
  • Saint Francis 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 Saint Francis county.
    • Phone: (870) 261-1725
    • Marriage Records: 1875 
    • Probate Records: 1836
  • Saint Francis County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 261-1710

Saint Francis County Genealogy Links

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

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