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Van Buren County, Arkansas

Van Buren County was created on November 11, 1833 and was formed from Independence County, Clark County and Izard County. Parts of Van Buren County was used to form the following counties: Cleburne 1883, Stone 1873. Other county boundry changes occured when Boundaries defined 14 November 1836, part annexed to Pope County on 12 January 1853, lines with Searcy and Marion defined 20 January 1855, line with Pope County defined 17 February 1859. The county was named in honor of Martin Van Buren (1782–1862), eighth president of the United States.

Currently the Van Buren County Seat can be found in Clinton and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Van Buren County happen to be Searcy County (north), Stone County (northeast), Cleburne County (east), Faulkner County (southeast), Conway County (southwest), Pope County (west).

Cities and towns located in Van Buren County consist of Clinton, Damascus, Fairfield Bay, Shirley.

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

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

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

Van Buren County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Van Buren County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Van Buren 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 Van Buren 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 Van Buren 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 451 Main Street, Clinton 72031; 501-745-2443, unless otherwise noted. Nearly all county records were destroyed by fire in 1863. A few of the old books were hidden by the clerk in a cliff and were thus saved. Records are complete since 1863 and are in a fair state of preservation.

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.
  • Van Buren 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 Van Buren 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 Van Buren County. They are also the ex-officio Van Buren county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Van Buren county.
    • Phone: (501) 745-4140
    • Court Records: 1859
    • Land Records: 1855
    • 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)
  • Van Buren 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 Van Buren county.
    • Phone: (501) 745-4140
    • Marriage Records: 1859 
    • Probate Records: 1859
  • Van Buren County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (501) 745-2464

Van Buren County Genealogy Links

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

Van Buren Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Van Buren Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Van Buren Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Van Buren Co. AR Census Records

Van Buren Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Van Buren Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Van Buren Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Van Buren Co. AR General and History Websites

Van Buren Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Van Buren Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Van Buren Co. AR Military Records

Van Buren Co. AR Schools & Directories

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