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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.

  • Ouachita County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 7, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Union County.
    Established:  29-Nov-1842
    County Seat:  Camden, Arkansas

    County history - Ouachita County is named in honor of the beautiful river that flows through it and forms parts of its borders. The name is pronounced "WASH-uh-taw" and is derived from two Choctaw Indian words "oua" and "chita", translated "big hunt".

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Ouachita County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Ouachita County Vital Records - Ouachita County Clerk, P.O. Box 644, Camden, AR 71701. It is reported that all records
               were destroyed by a fire, Dec. 19, 1875; but complete since that time.

      Census Information:
    9. 1850 Census (T) - Compiled by Township:  Each Surname is listed generally once per household unless otherwise noted
               (further instructions on web site).
    10. 1860 Census (T) - Behistian, Carouse, Ecore Fabre, Marion and Smackover Townships


  • Perry County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 16, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Conway County.
    Established:  18-Dec-1840
    County Seat:  Perryville, Arkansas

    County history - Perry County is named in honor of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of a naval battle on Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

    Perry Courthouse
    1. Perry County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Perry County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Perry County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Perry County Historical & Genealogical Society
          P.O. Box 156
          Perryville, AR 72126

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Perry County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Perry County Vital Records - Perry County Courthouse, P.O. Box 358, Perryville, AR 72126-0358.


  • Phillips County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 28, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Arkansas County.
    Established:  01-May-1820
    County Seat:  Helena-West Helena, Arkansas

    County history - Phillips County is named in honor of Sylvanus Phillips, the area's first-known white settler and representative to the first Territorial Legislature of the Arkansas Territory.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Phillips County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Phillips County Vital Records - Phillips County Clerk, Courthouse, Helena, AR 72342.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Tri-County Genealogical Society (Marvell, AR)


  • Pike County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 16, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Clark and Hempstead Counties.
    Established:  01-Nov-1833
    County Seat:  Murfreesboro, Arkansas

    County history - Pike County is named in honor Lieutenant Zebulon Pike, the explorer who discovered Pikes Peak, Colorado.
             Courthouse fires in 1855 and 1895 destroyed many records pertaining to the history of the county, making investigation into its past, since that time, difficult.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Pike County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Pike County Vital Records - Pike County Clerk, Courthouse, Murfreesboro, AR 71958.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pike County Archives & History Society (Murfreesboro, AR)
    10. Pike County Archives & History Society - dedicated to collecting and preserving materials
               which brings together the unique history of Pike County.


  • Pope County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 28, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Crawford County.
    Established:  02-Nov-1829
    County Seat:  Scotia in 1830, moved to Dwight Mission, then to Norristown on the Arkansas River (no longer exists), Dover in 1841, and finally Russellville, Arkansas in 1887

    County history - Pope County is named in honor of John Pope, the third governor of the Arkansas Territory.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Pope County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Pope County Vital Records - Pope County Clerk, 100 West Main, Russellville, AR 72801.

    9. Arkansas Families (ARF) - Library Index
    10. Edward G. Gerdes - Civil War Home Page
    11. Society/Museum/Assn - (Galley (Galla) Rock Historical Association (Atkins, AR)


  • Pulaski County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 10, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Missouri Territory lands [an original county]
    Established:  05-Dec-1818
    County Seat:  Little Rock, Arkansas

    County history - Pulaski County is named in honor of Count Casimir Pulaski, a Polish volunteer who died in the American Revolutionary War.

    Pulaski Courthouse
    Capitol history - The building was built over a century ago as a replica of the US Capitol and has been used in many movies as a stand in.
             Construction took 16 years -- from 1899 to 1915. The Capitol was built on the site of the state penitentiary and prisoners helped construct the building. They lived in a dormitory that was left on the Capitol grounds while construction was taking place.
             The current building is the second capitol building constructed at Little Rock, Arkansas.

    Arkansas State Capitol

    GHLL Pulaski County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Pulaski County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Pulaski County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pulaski County Historical Society / Little Rock)
    6. US/ARGenWeb site - Pulaski County Archives
    7. US/ARGenWeb - Pulaski County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Pulaski County Clerk, 401 West Markham, Little Rock, AR 72201-1407.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Faulkner County (north), Lonoke County (east), Jefferson County (south),
             Saline County (west), Perry County (northwest).

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