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Clark County, Arkansas (Map It) was created on December 15, 1818 and was formed from Arkansas County . Parts of Clark County was used to form the following counties: Dallas 1845, Hot Spring 1829, Pike 1833, Union 1829 Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Pulaski changed 30 October 1823, line with Hot Spring and Dallas changed 3 April 1868, part added to Pike 22 April 1873 and line changed 8 March 1877, line with Montgomery changed 24 April 1873. Clark County was named in honor of William Clark (1770–1838), explorer and Governor of the Missouri Territory. Learn More About State of Arkansas History
Clark County Cities and Towns include Amity, Alpine, Arkadelphia, Caddo Valley, Graysonia, Gum Springs, Gurdon, Okolona, Whelen Springs.
A Map of Clark County, Arkansas contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Clark County, Arkansas Courthouse Records
Clark 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 Clark 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.
- Clark County Clerk of Circuit Court has Court Records from 1838, Land Records from 1819 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.
- Clark County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1821 and has Probate Records from 1840. 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.
- Clark County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
- Clark County Health Department
Clark County, Arkansas Census Records
- Learn More: State of Arkansas Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1830, 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
Clark 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.
Clark County, Arkansas Resources
- Clark County Historical Association
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