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* Some of Arkansas' counties have two county seats, as opposed to the usual one seat. The arrangement dates back to when travel was extremely difficult in the states. The seats are usually on opposite sides of the county. Though travel is no longer the difficulty it once was, there are few efforts to eliminate the two seat arrangement where it exists.

  • Arkansas County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 10, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of state lands "Arkansaw Territory" [an origina County].
    Established:  31-Dec-1813
    County Seats:  DeWitt and Stuttgart

    County history - Arkansas is a French interpretation of a Sioux word, acansa, meaning downstream place.

    DeWitt Courthouse

    Stuttgart Courthouse
    GHLL Arkansas County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Arkansas County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Arkansas County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Grand Prairie Genealogical Society / Stuttgart, AR)
    6. US/ARGenWeb site - Arkansas County Archives
    7. US/ARGenWeb - Arkansas County Genealogy & History
    8. Arkansas County Vital Records - Arkansas County Clerk, P.O. Box 719, Stuttgart, AR 72160-0719.
               Note:  Please be sure to click on the county vital records link just above, addresses for both county seats are provided.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Prairie County (north), Monroe County (northeast), Phillips County (east),
             Desha County (south), Lincoln County (southwest), Jefferson County (west),
             Lonoke County (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1860 Census - Largest Slaveholders from the 1860 Slave Census Schedules
        1900 Census (T) - Chester Township


  • Ashley County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  May 26, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Chicot, Union and Drew Counties.
    Established:  30-Nov-1848
    County Seat:  Hamburg, Arkansas

    County history - Ashley County is named in honor of Chester Ashley (June 1, 1790  April 29, 1848) was an American politician who represented Arkansas in the U.S. Senate from 1844 until his death.

    Ashley Courthouse
    GHLL Ashley County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Ashley County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Ashley County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Ashley County Genealogical Society
          805 Cedar Street
          Crossett, AR 71635
          melissa_emerson@sbcglobal.net

    5. US/ARGenWeb site - Ashley County Archives
    6. US/ARGenWeb - Ashley County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Ashley County (Local Records)  |  Hamburg, AR (County Seat Records).
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Drew County (north), Chicot County (east), Morehouse Parish, Louisiana (south),
             Union Parish, Louisiana (southwest), Union County (west), Bradley County (northwest).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                 linked.


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    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Report Form, for Ashley county <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • Baxter County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 23, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Fulton, Izard, Marion and Searcy Counties.
    Established:  24-Mar-1873
    County Seat:  Mountain Home, Arkansas

    County history - Baxter County is named in honor of Elisha Baxter (1827-1899), a Governor of Arkansas.

    Baxter Courthouse
    1. Baxter County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Baxter County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Baxter County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society
               (Mountain Home, AR
      )

    4. Baxter County - US/ARGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Baxter County - US/ARGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Baxter County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Baxter County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Baxter County Vital Records - Baxter County Clerk, Courthouse, 1 East 7th Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653.


  • Bradley County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 29, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Union County.
    Established:  18-Dec-1840
    County Seat:  Warren, Arkansas

    County history - Bradley County is named in honor of Hugh Bradley (1783 1854) was among the early settlers of South Arkansas and the namesake of Bradley County, Arkansas. Captain Bradley is best known for his part in the migration of several families from the military district of middle Tennessee during the 1810s-1820s. His leadership and continuing influence in the establishment of the town of Warren, led to the naming of the county in his honor when it was formed in 1840.

    Bradley Courthouse
    GHLL Bradley County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Bradley County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Bradley County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Bradley County Genealogical Society / Warren, AR)
    6. US/ARGenWeb site - Bradley County Archives
    7. US/ARGenWeb - Bradley County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Bradley County Clerk, Courthouse, Warren, AR 71671.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Cleveland County (north), Drew County (east), Ashley County (southeast), Union
                County
    (southwest), Calhoun County (west).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable (meaning linked).

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    Census Information:
        Multiple Census listings (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Bradley County.


  • Carroll County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 25, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Izard County and later by Madison County (1870.
    Established:  01-Nov-1833
    County Seats:  Berryville and Eureka Springs

    County history - Carroll County is named in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton (September 19, 1737 - November 14, 1832) was a wealthy Maryland planter and an early advocate of independence from Great Britain. He served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and later as first United States Senator for Maryland. He was the only Catholic and the longest-lived (and last surviving) signatory of the Declaration of Independence, dying at the age of 95.



    Berryville Courthouse



    Eureka Springs Courthouse
    GHLL Carroll County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Carroll County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Carroll County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Carroll County Historical Society / Berryville, AR)
    6. US/ARGenWeb site - Carroll County Archives
    7. US/ARGenWeb - Carroll County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Carroll County Clerk, 210 West Church Street, Berryville, AR 72616-4233.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Stone County, Missouri (north), Taney County, Missouri (northeast), Boone County
             (east), Newton County (southeast), Madison County (south), Benton County (west),
             Barry County, Missouri (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Carroll County (Index: 2 pages / Text: 4 pages).


  • Clark County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 1, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands, then a part of the State of Missouri.
    Established:  15-Dec-1818
    County Seat:  Arkadelphia, Arkansas

    County history - Clark County is named in honor of William Clark (August 1, 1770 - September 1, 1838) who was an American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and territorial governor. A native of Virginia, he grew up in prestatehood Kentucky before later settling in what became the state of Missouri. Clark was a planter and slaveholder.
             Along with Meriwether Lewis, Clark led the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803 to 1806 across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean, and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States. Before the expedition, he served in a militia and the United States Army. Afterward, he served in a militia and as governor of the Missouri Territory. From 1822 until his death in 1838, he served as Superintendent of Indian Affairs.



    Clark Courthouse
    GHLL Clark County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Clark County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Clark County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clark County Historical Association & Museum / Arkadelphia, AR)
    6. US/ARGenWeb site - Clark County Archives
    7. US/ARGenWeb - Clark County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Clark County (Local Records)  |  Arkadelphia, AR (County Seat Records).
               Note:  Added comments here.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Hot Spring County (northeast), Dallas County (east), Ouachita County (southeast),
             Nevada County (southwest), Pike County (west), Montgomery County (northwest).
             Note:  Counties followed by green print are not yet linked.


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        County-Clerks.com - County-Clerks.com is a directory of every single county clerk's office in the USA.
             There are over 3,000 county clerks offices that we have contact information for. - Quoted from web site.
        Directory of Superior Courts - This directory lists court locations in Kingfisher County Oklahoma.
    Census Information Clark County):
  • 1840 Census
  • 1850 Census

  • Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Report Form, for Clark county <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • Clay County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 6, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Greene and Randolph Counties.
    Established:  24-Mar-1873
    County Seat:  Corning and Piggott

    County history - Clay County:  There is some controversy over which Clayton was the namesake of Clayton County when formed. It was either John M. Clayton or his brother, Powell Clayton, however Henry Clay was the person honored when the name was changed in 1875.

             In 1877, the county seat was moved from Corning to Boydsville. Most of the people lived in the eastern part of the county and it was difficult to travel through the bottoms to Corning. Changing the county seat did not change the difficulty of crossing the bottoms, but only transferred it to the people in the Western part. In 1881 the county was divided into two districts with Boydsville the Eastern county seat and Corning the Western county seat. In 1888 the people voted to move the eastern county seat to Piggott.


    Corning Courthouse



    Piggott Courthouse

    GHLL Clay County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Clay County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Clay County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clay County Genealogy & Historical Society / Piggott, AR)
    6. US/ARGenWeb site - Clay County Archives
    7. US/ARGenWeb - Clay County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Corning Courthouse, P.O. Box 92, Corning, AR 72422.
               Note:  Information for requests (scroll to see both Courthouse areas).
    9. Vital Records - Piggott Courthouse, P.O. Box 306, Piggott, AR 72454-0306.
               Note:  Information for requests (scroll to see both Courthouse areas).
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Butler County, Missouri (north), Dunklin County, Missouri (east), Greene County
             (south), Randolph County (west), Ripley County, Missouri (northwest).

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  • Cleveland County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 21, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Dallas, Bradley, Jefferson and Lincoln Counties.
    Established:  17-Apr-1873
    County Seat:  Rison, Arkansas

    County history - Cleveland County is named in honor of Stephen W. Dorsey, the U.S. Senator from Arkansas. When he was indicted for defrauding the Post Office, they renamed it on March 5, 1885, for Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 - June 24, 1908), the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.
             Cleveland is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms (1885 1889 and 1893 1897) and therefore is the only individual to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents. He was the winner of the popular vote for president three times in 1884, 1888, and 1892 and was the only Democrat elected to the presidency in the era of Republican political domination that lasted from 1860 to 1912.



    Cleveland Courthouse
    GHLL Cleveland County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Cleveland County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cleveland County Historical and Genealogical Society / Rison, AR)
    6. US/ARGenWeb site - Cleveland County Archives
    7. US/ARGenWeb - Cleveland County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Cleveland County Clerk, P.O. Box 368, Rison, AR 71665-0368.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings)
             Grant County & Jefferson County (north), Lincoln County (east), Drew County
             (southeast), Bradley County (south), Calhoun County (southwest), Dallas County
             (west).

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    Census Information:
        1900 Census (T) - Federal Census, Cleveland County, ED-36 — ED-43 (Text: 8 folders).


  • Columbia County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 16, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Lafayette, Hempstead, and Ouachita Counties.
    Established:  17-Dec-1852
    County Seat:  Magnolia, Arkansas

    County history - Columbia County is named in honor of Columbia, an historical and poetic name for America  and the early United States of America in particular, for which it is also the name of its female personification. It has inspired the names of many persons, places, objects, institutions, and companies in the Americas and beyond. Columbia is a New Latin toponym, combining a stem, Columb-, based on the surname of the explorer Christopher Columbus and an ending, -ia, common in Latin names of countries (e.g. Britannia "Britain", Gallia "Gaul"). The meaning is therefore "Land of Columbus." The name Columbia for "America" (in the sense of "European colonies in the New World") first appeared in 1738 in the weekly publication of the debates of the British Parliament in Edward Cave's The Gentleman's Magazine.



    Columbia Courthouse
    GHLL Columbia County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Columbia County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Columbia County Genealogical Society / Magnolia, AR)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Columbia County Historical Society (Facebook) / Magnolia, AR)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Southwest Arkansas Genealogical Society / Magnolia, AR)
    8. US/ARGenWeb site - Columbia County Archives
    9. US/ARGenWeb - Columbia County Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - Columbia County Clerk, Courthouse, Magnolia, AR 71753.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Nevada County (north), Ouachita County (northeast), Union County (east), Claiborne
                Parish, Louisiana
    (southeast), Webster Parish, Louisiana (south), Lafayette County
             (west).

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  • Conway County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 25, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Pulaski County.
    Established:  20-Oct-1825
    County Seat:  Morrilton, Arkansas

    County history - Conway County is named in honor of Henry Wharton Conway (1793-1827), land surveyor and territorial delegate to the United States House of Representatives.

    Conway Courthouse
    1. Conway County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Conway County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Conway County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Conway County - US/ARGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Conway County - US/ARGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Conway County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Conway County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Conway County Vital Records - County Courthouse, 117 S Moose Rm 203, Morrilton, AR 72110-3427.

      Census Information:
    9. 1830 Census (I) and (T) - 1830 Federal Census (Index: 1 page / Text: 1 page


  • Craighead County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 22, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Mississippi, Greene and Poinsett Counties.
    Established:  19-Feb-1859
    County Seats:  Jonesboro, Arkansas
                           and Lake City, Arkansas


    County history - Craighead County is named in honor of Thomas Craighead (1798-1862), a State Senator who ironically opposed the creation of the county.

    Jonesboro Courthouse

    Lake City Courthouse
    1. Craighead County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Craighead County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Craighead County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Genealogy Society of Craighead County / Jonesboro, AR)
          Craighead County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 1011
          Jonesboro, AR 72403-1011

    4. Craighead County - US/ARGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Craighead County - US/ARGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Craighead County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    7. Craighead County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Craighead County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Craighead County Vital Records - Craighead County Courthouse Annex, 511 Union, Jonesboro, AR 72401-2849.

    10. Arkansas Ties - Craighead County.


  • Crawford County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 25, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Pulaski County.
    Established:  18-Oct-1820
    County Seat:  Van Buren, Arkansas

    County history - Crawford County is named in honor of William H. Crawford (1772-1834), a politician who served as Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of War.

    Crawford Courthouse
    1. Crawford County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Crawford County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Crawford County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Crawford County Genealogical Society / Alma, AR)
    4. Crawford County - US/ARGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Crawford County - US/ARGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Crawford County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Crawford County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Crawford County Vital Records - Crawford County Clerk, Courthouse, Van Buren, AR 72956-576.
      Census Information:
    9. 1880 Census (T) - Federal Census, Crawford County, Arkansas (ED 48: 2 pages)


  • Cross County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 22, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Crittenden, Poinsett and St. Francis Counties.
    Established:  15-Nov-1862
    County Seat:  Wynne, Arkansas

    County history - Cross County is named in honor of David C. Cross, a Confederate Colonel in the Civil War and also, a local politician.

    Cross Courthouse
    GHLL Cross County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Cross County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cross County Historical Society / Wynne, AR)
    6. US/ARGenWeb site - Cross County Archives
    7. US/ARGenWeb - Cross County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Cross County Courthouse, 705 East Union Street, Wynne, AR 72396-3039.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Poinsett County (north), Crittenden County (east), Saint Francis County (south),
             Woodruff County (west), Jackson County (northwest).

        Arkansas Ties - Cross County.

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    Census Information:
  • 1870 Federal Census

  • Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.



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