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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.

  • Randolph County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 23, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Lawrence County.
    Established:  29-Oct-1835
    County Seat:  Pocahontas, Arkansas

    County history - Randolph County is named in honor of John Randolph of Roanoke, a U.S. congressman from Virginia.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Randolph County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Randolph County Vital Records - Randolph County Clerk, 107 West Broadway, Pocahontas, AR 72455-3322.


  • Saint Francis County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 16, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Phillips County.
    Established:  13-Oct-1827
    County Seat:  Forrest City, Arkansas

    County history - Saint Francis County is named for the Francis River that flows across and through the county.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Saint Francis County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Saint Francis County Vital Records - Saint Francis County Clerk, 313 S. Izard Street, PO Box 926, Forrest City,
               AR 72335-3856.

    9. Saint Francis County - Genealogy Trails

      Census Information:
    10. 1830 Census - (I) and (T)
    11. 1850 Census - Saint Francis County


  • Saline County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Independence, Pulaski and Hempstead Counties.
    Established:  02-Nov-1835
    County Seat:  Benton, Arkansas

    County history - Saline County is so named due to the salt reserves (brine) found within its borders.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Saline County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Saline County Vital Records - Saline County Clerk, Courthouse, 200 N. Main Street, Benton, AR 72015.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Saline County History and Heritage Society / Benton, AR)


  • Scott County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  May 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Pulaski and later Crawford and Pope Counties.
    Established:  05-Nov-1833
    County Seat:  Waldron, Arkansas

    County history - Scott County is named in honor of Andrew Scott (August 6, 1789 - March 13, 1841) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as a Justice of the Supreme Court for the Arkansas Territory from 1819 until 1825.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Scott County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Scott County Vital Records - Scott County Clerk, P.O. Box 1578, Waldron, AR 72958-1578.


  • Searcy County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Marion County.
    Established:  13-Dec-1838
    County Seat:  Marshall, Arkansas

    County history - Searcy County is named in honor of Richard Searcy, the first clerk and judge in the Arkansas Territory.

    Searcy Courthouse
    1. Searcy County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Searcy County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Searcy County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Searcy County Historical Society
          Highway 27 South
          Marshall, AR 72650

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Searcy County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Searcy County Vital Records - Searcy County Clerk, Courthouse, Marshall, AR 72650.


  • Sebastian County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 23, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Crawford, Scott, Van Buren and Polk Counties.
    Established:  06-Jan-1851
    County Seats:  Fort Smith and Greenwood

    County history - Sebastian County is named in honor of William King Sebastian (1812 - May 20, 1865), who was an American planter, lawyer, and U.S. senator from Helena, Arkansas. He represented Arkansas as a U.S. Senator from 1848 to 1861.

    Fort Smith Courthouse

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Sebastian County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Sebastian County Vital Records - Sebastian County Clerk, Courthouse, Fort Smith, AR 72901.

    9. Arkansas Ties - Sebastian County
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (South Sebastian County Historical Society / Greenwood, AR)


  • Sevier County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Hempstead and Miller Counties.
    Established:  22-Oct-1828
    County Seat:  DeQueen, Arkansas

    County history - Sevier County is named in honor of Ambrose Hundley Sevier (November 4, 1801 - December 31, 1848) was a Democratic member of the United States Senate from Arkansas.
             The first county seat was Paraclifta, which is no longer in existance. In 1871, 120 acres of land was donated by the Lockes family and Lockesburg became the county seat. The county seat was changed again in 1905, moving to DeQueen.

    Sevier Courthouse
    1. Sevier County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Sevier County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Sevier County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Sevier County Historical Society & Museum
          717 North Maple Street
          De Queen, AR. 71832

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Sevier County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Sevier County Vital Records - Sevier County Clerk, 115 North 3rd Street, De Queen, AR 71832.


  • Sharp County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Lawrence County, 1833.
    Established:  16-Nov-1868
    County Seat:  Ash Flat, Arkansas

    County history - Sharp County is named in honor of early settler, Ephraim Sharp.
             The first county seat was Evening Shade. The county seat was then changed to Hardy. In 1965 the county seat changed again, to the present day Ash Flat.

    Sharp Courthouse
    1. Sharp County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Sharp County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Sharp County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Sharp County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Sharp County Historical Society / township, AR)
          Sharp County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 185
          Ash Flat, AR 72513

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Sharp County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Sharp County Vital Records - Sharp County Clerk, Courthouse, Ash Flat, AR 72513.


  • Stone County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Izard, Independence, Searcy and Van Buren Counties.
    Established:  21-Apr-1873
    County Seat:  Mountain View, Arkansas

    County history - Stone County is named after the natural rock formations of the area.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Stone County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Stone County Vital Records - Stone County Clerk, P.O. Drawer 120, Mountain View, AR 72560.


  • Union County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 21, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Clark and Hempstead Counties.
    Established:  02-Nov-1829
    County Seat:  El Dorado, Arkansas

    County history - Union County is named for the concept of Union which was threatened by the American Civil War.

    Union Courthouse
    GHLL Union County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Union County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Union County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Union County Genealogy Society (Barton Library / El Dorado, AR)
    6. US/ARGenWeb site - Union County Archives
    7. US/ARGenWeb - Union County Genealogy & History
    8. Union County Vital Records - Union County Clerk, 101 N Washington Avenue, El Dorado, AR 71730.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Ouachita County (northwest), Calhoun County (north), Bradley County (northeast),
             Ashley County (east), Morehouse Parish, Louisiana (southeast), Union Parish,
                Louisiana
    (south), Claiborne Parish, Louisiana (southwest), Columbia County (west).
               Note:   County names in black print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable (meaning linked).

                      enlarge

    Census Information:
        1860 Census (I) - Boone Township


  • Van Buren County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 11, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Conway, Izard, and Independece Counties.
    Established:  11-Nov-1833
    County Seat:  Clinton, Arkansas

    County history - Van Buren County is named in honor of Martin Van Buren, eighth President of the United States, who was also the eighth Vice President at the time of the county's formation and Arkansas's admission to the union.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Van Buren County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Van Buren County Vital Records - Van Buren County Clerk, Rt.6 Box 254-9, Clinton, AR 72031.


  • Washington County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  May 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Crawford County.
    Established:  17-Oct-1828
    County Seat:  Fayetteville, Arkansas

    County history - Washington County is named in honor of George Washington, the first U.S. president.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Washington County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Washington County Vital Records - Washington County Courthouse, 280 N. College Street, Suite 300, Fayetteville, AR 72701-5309.

    10. Washington County - Confederate Soldiers Buried in Washington County Arkansas


  • White County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 24, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Pulaski, Jackson and Independence Counties.
    Established:  23-Oct-1835
    County Seat:  Searcy, Arkansas

    County history - White County is named in honor of U.S. presidential candidate, Hugh Lawson White (October 30, 1773 - April 10, 1840), who was a prominent American politician during the first third of the 19th century. He succeeded General Jackson and served in the United States Senate, representing Tennessee, from 1825 until his resignation in 1840, and was a Whig candidate for President in 1836.

    White Courthouse
    GHLL White County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - White County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - White County, AR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (White County Historical Society / Searcy, AR)
    6. US/ARGenWeb site - White County Archives
    7. US/ARGenWeb - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    8. White County Vital Records - White County Clerk, 300 North Spruce, Searcy, AR 72143-7720.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Independence County (north), Jackson County (northeast), Woodruff County (east),
             Prairie County (southeast), Lonoke County (southwest), Faulkner County (west),
             Cleburne County (northwest).

        Arkansas Ties - White County

                      enlarge
    Census Information:
        1870 Census (T) - Federal Census, White County, Kentucky Township(Text: 1 page).


  • Woodruff County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 24, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Jackson and St. Francis Counties.
    Established:  26-Nov-1862
    County Seat:  Augusta, Arkansas

    County history - Woodruff County is named in honor of William Woodruff the first newspaper publisher in the state.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Woodruff County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Woodruff County Vital Records - Woodruff County Clerk, 500 North Third, Augusta, AR 72006-2056.


  • Yell County, Arkansas —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 11, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Hot Spring, Pope, and Scott Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1840
    County Seats:  Danville and Dardanelle

    County history - Yell County is named in honor of Governor of Arkansas, Archibald Yell.

    Danville Arkansas
    Courthouse

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Yell County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Yell County Vital Records - Yell County Clerk, Courthouse, Danville, AR 72833.

      Census Information:
    9. 1870 Census (T) - Federal Census, Yell County, Arkansas (Text: 12 pgs). Townships of: Dardanelle, Lafave,
               Mountain, Riley and Spring Creek.
    10. 1880 Census (T) - Federal Census, Yell County, Arkansas (ED 217: 4 files)


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