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White County, Arkansas (Map It) was created on October 23, 1835 and was formed from Pulaski County, Jackson County and Independence County. Parts of White County was used to form the following counties: Cleburne 1883. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Pulaski changed 3 February 1843, part of Conway annexed 11 January 1853, line with Prairie defined 17 April 1873. White County was named in honor of Hugh L. White (1773–1840), U.S. Senator from Tennessee and U.S. presidential candidate in 1836 for the Whig Party. Learn More About State of Arkansas History
White County is bordered by Independence County (north), Jackson County (northeast), Woodruff County (east), Prairie County (southeast), Lonoke County (southwest), Faulkner County (west), Cleburne County (northwest).
White County Cities and Towns include Bald Knob, Beebe, Bradford, Garner, Georgetown, Griffithville, Higginson, Judsonia, Kensett, Letona, McRae, Pangburn, Rose Bud, Russell, Searcy, West Point.
A Map of White County, Arkansas contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
White County, Arkansas Courthouse Records
White County, AR Courthouse
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in White county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
- White County Clerk of Circuit Court has Court Records from 1848, Land Records from 1837 and Divorce Records are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found at the Arkansas Department of Public Health. The County Clerk of Circuit Court is the clerk of the circuit, chancery court, and juvenile court and usually acts as the ex-officio recorder of the county. The duties of the clerk are to maintain a record of all proceedings of the circuit, chancery and juvenile courts and to prepare the dockets for courts. They are also the ex-officio county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within the county.
- White County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1836 and has Probate Records from 1836. The County Clerk, as clerk to the probate court, the clerk files all instruments making them a matter of record in descendent estate cases, and swears in all witnesses in contested estates. The clerk, also in this capacity, maintains all records relative to adoptions and guardianship cases.
- White County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
- White County Health Department
White County, Arkansas Census Records
- Learn More: State of Arkansas Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1819-1870
- State Population Schedules: None
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
White County, Arkansas Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Arkansas Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from February 1, 1914 to present.
- Marriage Records: from January 1917 to present.
- Divorce Records: from January 1923 to present. Full certified copy may be obtained from the County Circuit or Chancery Clerk.
- Locations: Arkansas Office of Vital Records, 4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 44, Little Rock, AR 72205; (602) 364-1300, 501-661-2336, 800-637-9314
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
White County, Arkansas Resources
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