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White County, Arkansas

White County was created 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. The county was named in honor of Hugh L. White (1773–1840), U.S. Senator from Tennessee and U.S. presidential candidate in 1836 for the Whig Party.

Currently the White County Seat can be found in Searcy and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to White County happen to be Independence County (north), Jackson County (northeast), Woodruff County (east), Prairie County (southeast), Lonoke County (southwest), Faulkner County (west), Cleburne County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in White County consist of Bald Knob, Beebe, Bradford, Garner, Georgetown, Griffithville, Higginson, Judsonia, Kensett, Letona, McRae, Pangburn, Rose Bud, Russell, Searcy, West Point.

White 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 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 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.

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 with your research.

White County Societies and Family History Resources

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

White County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of White 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 White 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 White 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 300 N. Spruce St., Searcy 72143; 501-279-6200, unless otherwise noted. Records complete from 1836 and in a good state of preservation.

  • 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

White County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred White County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

White Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

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White Co. AR Church & Bible Records

White Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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White Co. AR Military Records

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