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Saint Francis County, Arkansas
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Saint Francis County, Arkansas Facts

When was Saint Francis County, AR Created?
Saint Francis County was established on October 13, 1827 and was formed from Phillips County.

What is the County Seat of Saint Francis County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Forrest City (The first county seat was located at Franklin, it moved to Madison then moved to Forrest City in 1874) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Saint Francis County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Cross CountyCrittenden CountyLee CountyMonroe CountyWoodruff County.

Saint Francis County, AR Vital Records

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

Saint Francis County, AR Census Records

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

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

Saint Francis County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Saint Francis County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Saint Francis County Courthouse?

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Saint Francis 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 Saint Francis 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 313 South Izard Street, Forrest City 72335; 870-261-1700, unless otherwise noted.

  • Saint Francis County Clerk of Circuit Court
    • Phone: (870) 261-1715
    • Court Records: 1910
    • Land Records: 1860
  • Saint Francis County Clerk 
    • Phone: (870) 261-1725
    • Marriage Records: 1875
    • Probate Records: 1836
  • BLM Land Records

Saint Francis County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Saint Francis Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Saint Francis Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

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Saint Francis Co. AR Military Records