Yell County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Yell County was created on December 5, 1840 and was formed from Hot Spring County, Pope County and Scott County. Parts of Yell County was used to form the following counties: Logan County 1871. The county was named in honor of Archibald Yell (1797–1847), the second governor of Arkansas.

Currently the Yell County Seat can be found in  Danville & Dardanelle and in addition the county government website is www.yellcounty.net/

Areas next to Yell County happen to be Pope County (north), Conway County (northeast), Perry County (east), Garland County (southeast), Montgomery County (south), Scott County (west), Logan County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Yell County consist of Belleville, Corinth, Danville, Dardanelle, Havana, Ola, Plainview, Aly.

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

Yell 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.

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

Yell County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Yell County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Yell 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 Yell 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 Yell 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 101 E. 5th Street, Danville 72833 or 106 Union Street, Dardanelle 72834; 479-495-4875, unless otherwise noted. Records complete since 1865. "In addition for the period prior to 1865, the county has the probate records from May 7, 1858, to Feb. 10, 1862; the marriage records from July 23, 1841, to Mar. 24, 1849; and the deed records from Mar. 2, 1841, to Dec. 4, 1848. The missing records were destroyed by fire during the War.

  • Yell 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 Yell 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 Yell County. They are also the ex-officio Yell county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Yell county.
    • Phone: (479) 495-4850
    • Court Records: 1858
    • Land Records: 1849
    • 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)
  • Yell 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 Yell county.
    • Phone: (479) 495-4850
    • Marriage Records: 1865 
    • Probate Records: 1865
  • Yell County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (479) 495-4857

Yell County Genealogy Links

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

Yell Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Yell Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Yell Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Yell Co. AR Census Records

Yell Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Yell Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Yell Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Yell Co. AR General and History Websites

Yell Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Yell Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Yell Co. AR Military Records

Yell Co. AR Schools & Directories

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