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Yell County, Arkansas Facts

When was Yell County, AR Created?
Yell County was established 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.

What is the County Seat of Yell County, AR?
The County has dual county seats with courthouses in Danville & Dardanelle and in addition the county government website is www.yellcounty.net/

What counties are adjacent to Yell County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Pope County (north), Conway County (northeast), Perry County (east), Garland County (southeast), Montgomery County (south), Scott County (west), Logan County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Yell County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Belleville, Corinth, Danville, Dardanelle, Havana, Ola, Plainview, Aly.


Yell County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Yell County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Yell 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 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, AR Census Records

What Yell County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Yell 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.

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 you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide


Yell County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Yell County Courthouse in Danville

What genealogical records can I find in the Yell County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Yell 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 101 E. 5th Street, Danville 72833 or 106 Union Street, Dardanelle 72834; 479-495-4875, unless otherwise noted.


Yell County Courthouse
in Dardanelle
  • 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
  • BLM Land Records

Yell County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Yell Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

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