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Ashley County, Arkansas
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Ashley County, Arkansas Facts

When was Ashley County, AR Created?
Ashley County was established on November 30, 1848 and was formed from Chicot CountyDrew County and Union County. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Chicot changed by Act of 19 January 1861, part annexed from Bradley by Act of 21 January 1859.

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

What counties are adjacent to Ashley County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Drew CountyChicot CountyMorehouse Parish, Louisiana, Union Parish, Louisiana, Union CountyBradley County.

Ashley County, AR Vital Records

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

Ashley County, AR Census Records

What Ashley County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Ashley County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)1900191019201930 and 1940.

Ashley Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Ashley Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ashley Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ashley 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

Ashley County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Ashley County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Ashley County Courthouse?

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Ashley County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Arkansas courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Arkansas residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Ashley County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Arkansas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 205 East Jefferson Street, Hamburg 71646, unless otherwise noted.

  • Ashley County Clerk of Circuit Court
    • Phone: (870) 853-2030
    • Court Records: 1848
    • Land Records: 1848
  • Ashley County Clerk 
    • Phone: (870) 853-2020
    • Marriage Records: 1848
    • Probate Records: 1849
  • BLM Land Records

Ashley County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Ashley Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Ashley Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Ashley Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Ashley Co. AR General and History Websites

Ashley Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ashley Co. AR Military Records