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White County, Arkansas
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White County, Arkansas Facts

When was White County, AR Created?
White County was established on October 23, 1835 and was formed from Pulaski County, Jackson County and Independence County. Parts of White County was used to form the following counties: Cleburne 1883. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Pulaski changed 3 February 1843, part of Conway annexed 11 January 1853, line with Prairie defined 17 April 1873.

What is the County Seat of White County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Searcy and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to White County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Independence County, Jackson County, Woodruff County, Prairie County, Lonoke County, Faulkner County, Cleburne County.

What cities and towns are in White County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bald Knob, Beebe, Bradford, Garner, Georgetown, Griffithville, Higginson, Judsonia, Kensett, Letona, McRae, Pangburn, Rose Bud, Russell, Searcy, West Point.

White County, AR Vital Records

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

White County, AR Census Records

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

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

White County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

White County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the White County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in White 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 300 N. Spruce St., Searcy 72143; 501-279-6200, unless otherwise noted. 

  • White 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 White 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 White County. They are also the ex-officio White county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within White county.
    • Phone: (501) 279-6203
    • Court Records: 1848
    • Land Records: 1837
    • 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)
  • White 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 White county.
    • Phone: (501) 279-6204
    • Marriage Records: 1836 
    • Probate Records: 1836
  • White County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (501) 279-6205
  • BLM Land Records

White County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in White County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to White 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.

White Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

White Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

White Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

White Co. AR General and History Websites

White Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

White Co. AR Military Records

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