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Woodruff County, Arkansas
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Woodruff County, Arkansas Facts

When was Woodruff County, AR Created?
Woodruff County was established on November 26, 1862 and was formed from Jackson County and St. Francis County. Other county boundry changes occured when Boundary defined 26 April 1873. The county was named in honor of William Woodruff (1795–1885), the first newspaper publisher in Arkansas .

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

What counties are adjacent to Woodruff County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Jackson County (north), Cross County (northeast), St. Francis County (southeast), Monroe County (south), Prairie County (southwest), White County (west).

What cities and towns are in Woodruff County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Augusta, Cotton Plant, Hunter, McCrory, Patterson.

Woodruff County, AR Vital Records

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

Woodruff County, AR Census Records

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

Woodruff Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Woodruff Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Woodruff 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

Woodruff County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Woodruff County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Woodruff County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Woodruff 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 500 North Third Street, Augusta 72006; 870-347-5206, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Woodruff 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 Woodruff 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 Woodruff County. They are also the ex-officio Woodruff county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Woodruff county.
    • Phone: (870) 347-2391
    • Court Records: 1865
    • Land Records: 1851
    • 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)
  • Woodruff 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 Woodruff county.
    • Phone: (870) 347-2871
    • Marriage Records: 1865 
    • Probate Records: 1865
  • Woodruff County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 347-5151
  • BLM Land Records

Woodruff County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Woodruff Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Woodruff Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Woodruff Co. AR Military Records

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