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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.

  • Dallas County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 10, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Bradley and Clark Counties.
    Established:  01-Jan-1845
    County Seat:  Fordyce, Arkansas

    County history - Dallas County is named in honor of George Mifflin Dallas (July 10, 1792 - December 31, 1864) was a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and the 11th Vice President of the United States (1845-1849), serving under James K. Polk.. The County seat was located first at the house of Presley Watts, in Princeton, and then around 1910, it was moved to its present location of Fordyce.

    Dallas Courthouse
    GHLL Dallas County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Dallas County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Dallas County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Dallas County Arkansas Genealogy and Historical Society
          c/o Dallas County Library
          Fordyce, Arkansas 71742

    5. US/ARGenWeb site - Dallas County Archives
    6. US/ARGenWeb - Dallas County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Dallas County Courthouse, 206 3rd Street West, Fordyce, AR 71742.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Grant County (northeast), Cleveland County (east), Calhoun County (southeast),
             Ouachita County (southwest), Clark County (west), Hot Spring County (northwest).

        Arkansas Ties - Dallas County.

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    Census Information:
        1900 Census (T) - Federal Census, Dallas County, ED-20 (Text: 6 pages).


  • Drew County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 2, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Arkansas and Bradley Counties.
    Established:  26-Nov-1846
    County Seat:  Monticello, Arkansas

    County history - Drew County is named in honor of  Thomas Drew, the 3rd governor of Arkansas.

    Drew Courthouse
    1. Drew County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Drew County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Drew County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Drew County Historical Society
          404 South Main Street
          Monticello, AR 71655

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Drew County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Drew County Vital Records - Drew County Clerk, County Courthouse, 210 South Main, Monticello, AR 71655-4731.
               Note:  The State vital records office should have birth and death records from 1914, and marriage records from 1917. Some City Clerks may have birth and death records before 1914. Clerks of counties where license was obtained also have marriage records. County Clerks or Clerks of Circuit Courts have records of wills, deeds, divorces, and war service.


  • Faulkner County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 11, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Conway and Pulaski Counties.
    Established:  12-Apr-1873
    County Seat:  Conway, Arkansas

    County history - Faulkner County is named in honor of Sanford Faulkner (1806-1874), a Confederate soldier and the composer of the song "The Arkansas Traveler".

    Faulkner Courthouse
    1. Faulkner County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Faulkner County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Faulkner County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Faulkner County Historical Society (Conway, AR)
    4. Faulkner County - US/ARGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Faulkner County - US/ARGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Faulkner County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Faulkner County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Faulkner County Vital Records - Faulkner County Clerk, 801 Locust Street, Conway, AR 72032.

    9. Faulkner County - 1930 Yearbook "Troubadour" Hendrix-Henderson College, Conway, Arkansas


  • Garland County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Montgomery, Hot Spring and Saline Counties.
    Established:  05-Apr-1873
    County Seat:  Hot Springs, Arkansas

    County history - Garland County is named in honor of Augustus Hill Garland (June 11, 1832 - January 26, 1899) was an Arkansas lawyer and politician. He was a senator in both the United States and the Confederate States, served as 11th Governor of Arkansas and as Attorney General of the United States in first administration of Grover Cleveland.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Garland County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Garland County Vital Records - Garland County Clerk, Courthouse, 501 Ouachita Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901-5154.

    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Melting Pot Genealogical Society / Hot Springs, AR)


  • Greene County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 6, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Lawrence County and later on by Randolph County.
    Established:  05-Nov-1833
    County Seat:  Paragould, Arkansas

    County history - Greene County is named in honor of Nathanael Greene (August 7, 1742  June 19, 1786) was a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. When the war began, Greene was a militia private, the lowest rank possible; he emerged from the war with a reputation as George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer. Many places in the United States are named for him.

    Greene Courthouse
    GHLL Greene County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Greene County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Greene County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/ARGenWeb site - Greene County Archives
    7. US/ARGenWeb - Greene County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Greene County Clerk, 320 W Court Rm 102, Paragould, AR 72450.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Clay County (north), Dunklin County, Missouri (east), Craighead County (south),
             Lawrence County (southwest), Randolph County (northwest).

        USGenNet - Greene County.

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  • Hempstead County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Arkansas County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1818
    County Seat:  Hope, Arkansas

    County history - Hempstead County is named in honor of Edward Hempstead (June 3, 1780 - August 10, 1817) was an American lawyer, pioneer, and one of the early settlers in the new Louisiana Purchase in 1805. Born in New London, Connecticut, Hempstead was the delegate in the U.S. House for the Missouri Territory from 1812 to 1814.

    Hempstead Courthouse
    1. Hempstead County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Hempstead County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Hempstead County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Hempstead County Genealogical Society
          P.O. Box 756
          Hope, AR 71802-0756

         Hempstead County Historical Society
         P.O. Box 1257
         Hope, AR 71802-1257

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Hempstead County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Hempstead County Vital Records - Hempstead County Clerk, Courthouse, Hope, AR 71801.

    9. Hempstead County - historic photos (places & people)


  • Independence County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Arkansas and Lawrence Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1820
    County Seat:  Batesville, Arkansas

    County history - Independence County is named in honor of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

    Independence Courthouse
    1. Independence County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Independence County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Independence County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Independence County Historical Society / Batesville, AR)
    4. Independence County - US/ARGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Independence County - US/ARGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Independence County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Independence County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Independence County Vital Records - Independence County Clerk, 192 East Main Street, Batesville, AR 72501-3135.


  • Izard County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 18, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Independence and Crawford Counties, and later from Fulton County (prior 1880).
    Established:  27-Oct-1825
    County Seat:  Melbourne, Arkansas

    County history - Izard County is named in honor of George Izard (1776 1828), Governor of the Missouri Territory and a General during the War of 1812.

    Izard Courthouse
    GHLL Izard 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 - Izard County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Izard County Historical & Genealogical Society / Melbourne, AR)
    6. US/ARGenWeb site - Izard County Archives
    7. US/ARGenWeb - Izard County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Izard County Clerk, Courthouse, Melbourne, AR 72556.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Fulton County (north), Sharp County (east), Independence County (southeast),
             Stone County (southwest), Baxter County (northwest).

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  • Jackson County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 3, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Lawrence, and St. Francis Counties.
    Established:  05-Nov-1829
    County Seat:  Newport, Arkansas

    County history - Jackson County is named in honor of Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), 7th President of the United States, who was president by the time Arkansas was admitted to the union.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Jackson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Jackson County Vital Records - Jackson County Clerk, County Courthouse, P.O. Box 641, Newport, AR 72112-0641.

      Census Information:
    9. 1830 Census (I) and (T) - Jackson Co., AR Federal Census (Index: 1pg / Text: 1 pg)


  • Johnson County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 18, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Pope County, and a small portion from Madison County (prior 1890).
    Established:  xx-xxx-1833
    County Seat:  Clarksville, Arkansas

    County history - Johnson County is named in honor of Benjamin Johnson (1784 1849), the first judge of the federal district court for Arkansas.

    Johnson Courthouse
    GHLL Johnson 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 - Johnson County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Johnson County Historical Society / Clarksville, AR)
    6. US/ARGenWeb site - Johnson County Archives
    7. US/ARGenWeb - Johnson County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Johnson County Clerk, P.O. Box 57, Clarksville, AR 72830.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Newton County (north), Pope County (east), Logan County (south), Franklin County
             (west), Madison County (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1860 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Johnson County (Index: 1 page / Text: 1 page / Partial: 1 page).


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