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Woodruff County, Arkansas

Woodruff County was created 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 .

Currently the Woodruff County Seat can be found in Augusta and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Woodruff County happen to be Jackson County (north), Cross County (northeast), St. Francis County (southeast), Monroe County (south), Prairie County (southwest), White County (west).

Cities and towns located in Woodruff County consist of Augusta, Cotton Plant, Hunter, McCrory, Patterson.

Woodruff 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 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 does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present 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 with your research.

Woodruff County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Woodruff County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Woodruff 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 Woodruff 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 Woodruff 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 500 North Third Street, Augusta 72006; 870-347-5206, unless otherwise noted. In 1906, V.E. Simpson reported the records complete.

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.
  • 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

Woodruff County Genealogy Links

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

Woodruff Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Woodruff Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Woodruff Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Woodruff Co. AR Census Records

Woodruff Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Woodruff Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Woodruff Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Woodruff Co. AR General and History Websites

Woodruff Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Woodruff Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Woodruff Co. AR Military Records

Woodruff Co. AR Schools & Directories

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