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Jackson County, Arkansas
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Jackson County, Arkansas Facts

When was Jackson County, AR Created?
Jackson County was established on  November 5, 1829 and was formed from Lawrence County and St. Francis County.

What is the County Seat of Jackson County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Newport (The first county seat was establish in 1832 at Litchfied, in 1839 the seat moved to Elizabeth,, in 1852 it was moved to Augusta, the next year 1853 it moved to Jacksonport and finally it moved to Newport) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Jackson County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Lawrence CountyCraighead CountyPoinsett CountyCross CountyWoodruff CountyWhite CountyIndependence County.

Jackson County, AR Vital Records

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

Jackson County, AR Census Records

What Jackson County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Jackson County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)1900191019201930 and 1940.

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

Jackson County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Jackson County Courthouse

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

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Jackson 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 Jackson 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 208 Main Street, Newport 72112; 870-523-7400, unless otherwise noted.

  • Jackson County Clerk of Circuit Court
    • Phone: (870) 523-7423
    • Court Records: 1830
    • Land Records: 1831
  • Jackson County Clerk 
    • Phone: (870) 523-7420
    • Marriage Records: 1846
    • Probate Records: 1845
  • BLM Land Records

Jackson County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Jackson Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Jackson Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Jackson Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Jackson Co. AR General and History Websites

Jackson Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Jackson Co. AR Military Records