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Union County, Arkansas

Union County was created on November 2, 1829 and was formed from Hempstead County and Clark County. Parts of Union County was used to form the following counties: Ashley 1848, Bradley 1840, Calhoun 1850, Columbia 1852, Ouachita 1842. Other county boundry changes occured when Boundaries defined 5 November 1836, line with Lafayette defined 26 November 1846, line with Ouachita changed 6 January 1853, part annexed to Columbia 21 December 1851, and part annexed to Calhoun 19 October 1862. The county was named for the concept of the union of the states.

Currently the Union County Seat can be found in El Dorado (The first county seat was at Camden before moving to El Dorado in the 1840s) and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Union County happen to be Ouachita County (northwest), Calhoun County (north), Bradley County (northeast), Ashley County (east), Morehouse Parish, Louisiana (southeast), Union Parish, Louisiana (south), Claiborne Parish, Louisiana (southwest), Columbia County (west).

Cities and towns located in Union County consist of Calion, El Dorado, Felsenthal, Huttig, Junction City, Mount Holly, Norphlet, Smackover, Strong.

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

Union 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.

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

Union County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Union County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Union 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 Union 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 Union 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 101 North Washington Street, El Dorado 71730; 870-864-1900, unless otherwise noted. All records except tax books are complete from 1828. The government that came into power at the last named date destroyed the taxbooks. Records are in excellent state of preservation and are kept in fire-proof vaults at the courthouse.

  • Union 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 Union 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 Union County. They are also the ex-officio Union county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Union county.
    • Phone: (870) 864-1920
    • Court Records: 1839
    • 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)
  • Union 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 Union county.
    • Phone: (870) 864-1910
    • Marriage Records: 1847 
    • Probate Records: 1830
  • Union County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 864-1940

Union County Genealogy Links

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

Union Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Union Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Union Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Union Co. AR Census Records

Union Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Union Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Union Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Union Co. AR General and History Websites

Union Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Union Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Union Co. AR Military Records

Union Co. AR Schools & Directories

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