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Benton County, Arkansas (Map It) was created on September 30, 1836 and was formed from Washington County. Benton County was named in honor of Thomas Hart Benton (1782–1858), a U.S. Senator from Missouri. Learn More About State of Arkansas History
Benton County is bordered by Barry County, Missouri (north), Carroll County (east), Madison County (southeast), Washington County (south), Adair County, Oklahoma (southwest), Delaware County, Oklahoma (west), McDonald County, Missouri, (northwest)
Benton County Cities and Towns include Avoca, Bella Vista, Bentonville, Bethel Heights, Cave Springs, Centerton, Decatur, Elm Springs, Garfield, Gateway, Gentry, Gravette, Highfill, Little Flock, Lowell, Pea Ridge, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Springdale (mostly in Washington County), Springtown, Sulphur Springs, War Eagle.
A Map of Benton County, Arkansas contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Benton County, Arkansas Courthouse Records
Benton County, AR Courthouse
The Benton County Courthouse is located in Bentonville, Arkansas. Arkansas History Commission sources say an "1865 courthouse fire destroyed many early records." D.Y. Thomas mentiones a log courthouse built in 1837, a brick structure in 1840, and another brick courthouse built in 1873, but does not mention a fire. Learn More About State of Arkansas Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.
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 Benton 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.
- Benton County Clerk of Circuit Court has Court Records from 1837, 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.
- Benton County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1861 and has Probate Records from 1866. 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.
- Benton County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
- Benton County Health Department
Benton 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
Benton 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 or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Benton County, Arkansas Resources
- Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society
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