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Guide to Benton County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Benton County, founded September 30, 1836, was formed from Washington County, and is located in the northwest corner of Arkansas on the Ozark plateau. It adjoins Oklahoma to the west and Missouri to the north. The county seat is Bentonville, named in honor of U.S Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, who was instrumental in helping the Arkansas Territory achieve statehood.
|Benton County, Arkansas|
Location in the state of Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
|Founded||September 30, 1836|
|Address|| Benton County Courthouse|
215 E. Central, Suite 217
Bentonville, AR 72712-0699
Telephone: 479.271.1013- 1031
Benton County Courthouse
215 E. Central, Suite 217
Bentonville, AR 72712-0699
Telephone: 479.271.1013- 1031
County Clerk has marriage records from 1861
and probate records from 1859; Clerk Circuit
Court has divorce, court and land records.
- 1836--Benton County was created 30 September 1836 from Washington County. County seat: Bentonville. 
For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps" (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
For a list of record loss in Arkansas counties see: Arkansas Counties with Burned Courthouses
- Family Biographies from The History of Benton County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
(Most click to names of people)
(Often more complete)
More cemetery lists
- Cemeteries of Benton County - Index and Transcriptions - Benton County ARGenWeb
BillionGraves transcriptions, photos, and Google map for each cemetery.
- Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery, Bella Vista
- Barron Cemetery, Bentonville
- Dog Hill Cemetery, Bella Vista
- Hillcrest Cemetery, Gravette
- Lee Cemetery, Sulphur Springs
- Silent Grove Cemetery, Springdale
- Wet Prairie Cemetery, Gravette
- 1840 Federal Census Index and transcriptions, Benton County ARGenWeb
- 1850 Federal Census Index and transcriptions, Benton County ARGenWeb
Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Arkansas denominations, view the Arkansas Church Records wiki page.
Land and Property
Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.
See Arkansas Land and Property for additional information about early Arkansas land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.
Local histories are available for Benton County, Arkansas. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.
Biographies from the History of Benton County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website
Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Arkansas County - The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture 
- Late 1700's to early 1800's - The Osage Indians in Missouri made forays into the area for seasonal hunting.
- 1808 - 1825 - The U.S. government obtained major land cessions from the Osage.
- 1828 - The Arkansas Cherokee also ceded their land. This marked the last major Indian occupation of the area and opened it to legal white settlement.
- Late 1820's - White settlers increasingly moved into the area.
- 1836 - September 30 - Benton County was formally established as a separate county.
- Many early county settlers came from Tennessee and other states of the upper South.
- During the Civil War, many Benton County residents were caught between strongly Confederate Arkansans to the south and Union-supporting Missourians to the north.
- During the Civil War years, much of Benton County suffered destruction and severe food shortages.
- 1870's - The county’s population grew, but the number of black citizens decreased rapidly
- Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)
- Family Maps of Benton County, Arkansas (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
- Historic maps of Benton County, Arkansas 1875 to 1922, free access on My Genealogy Hound.
- A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Benton County on page 191.]
- Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include"an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]
Regiments. Service men in Benton County, Arkansas served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Benton County, Arkansas:
- - 2nd Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate), Company D
- - 34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- - 35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company F
Civil War Battle
The following Civil War battle was fought in Benton County.
- March 6-8, 1862 = Pea Ridge, also known as Elkhorn Tavern.
- Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.
Finding More Arkansas Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Benton County, Arkansas newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch. Do a Benton County, Arkansas Place-name search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see, FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).
- Fayetteville Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Fayetteville Daily Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Daily Fayetteville Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Northwest Arkansas Times at Ancestry.com ($)
- Courier Times at Ancestry.com ($)
- Arkansas Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites. Includes newspapers for Benton County.
- Benton County DailyRecord
Probate records of Arkansas have been kept by the probate or county courts. You can obtain copies of the original records by contacting the clerk's office in the county courthouse.
The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many Arkansas probate records. See Arkansas Probate Records for more information about Probate records in Arkansas, including statewide indexes.
- Probate Records 1843-1915 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
- Includes Administration bonds 1858-1888; Chancery Court records 1843-1882; Dockets 1869-1897; Gurdian bonds 1858-1887; Minutes 1857-1874; Probate records 1884-1908.
Arkansas tax records replace missing censuses and provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years for some counties. For more information see Arkansas Taxation.
Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Arkansas Vital Records State Department of Health, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.
See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records
- 1861-1952 - Benton County Marriage Books A-Z and Marriage License Bonds Index 1861-1952 in Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1877-1924 - Benton County Marriage Books A-J Index 1877-1924 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.
- Benton County, Arkansas Obituary Collection From GenealogyBuff.com ~ Free. From Various Funeral Homes in the Rogers, Bentonville, Siloam Springs,Lowell, Gentry, Gravette, Little Flock, and Pea Ridge areas.
- 1850 - 1850 U.S. Census Mortality Schedule Transcription
- 1860 - 1860 U.S. Census Mortality Schedule Transcription
Vital Record Substitutes
Finding More Vital Records
Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Benton County, Arkansas Vital Records in online catalogs like:
- WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
- FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see, FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search)
Genealogy Societies and Libraries
- List of Arkansas Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies
- Benton County Historical Society
- Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society
- Bella Vista Public Library
11 Dickens Place
Bella Vista AR 72714
- Bentonville Public Library
405 S Main Street
Bentonville AR 72712
- Rogers Public Library
711 S Dixieland Road
Rogers AR 72758
Family History Centers
- Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
- Springdale Arkansas Jones Family Center Family History Center 922 E Emma Springdale AR 72764 United States Location Map
- Rogers Arkansas Family History Center 1101 McCollum Rd Bentonville AR 72712 United States
| Check back often with these websites. Internet offerings are growing at record rates.
Local societies and libraries may know of other websites.
|ARGenWeb||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions|
|USGenWeb Archives||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions|
|RootsWeb resources||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions|
|Linkpendium||Free||Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)|
|CyndisList||Free||Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)|
|SateofUS.com||Free||family history resources and government records|
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
|FamilySearch catalog||Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.|
|WorldCat||To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.|
|Allen County Public Library||They are heavily involved in digitizing. located in Indiana|
|AR History Commission||the State Archives; search by county|
|GeneaBloggers||enter "arkansas" in the search box to see a list and links to Arkansas Blogs|
|Google+||list of groups from "arkansas genealogy" search|
|list of groups from "Arkansas Genealogy" search|
|genealogy.com||Benton County, AR Genealogy Forum|
|ancestry.com||Benton County Message Board|
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 66.
- ↑ Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- ↑ Arkansas. Adjutant General's Office. Report of the Adjutant General of Arkansas, for the period of the late rebellion, and to November 1, 1866 (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990).
- ↑ Allen, Desmond Walls. Third Arkansas Union Cavalry (Desmond Walls Allen, Conway, Arkansas) 1987, pp. 33-92.
- ↑ Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August, 2012)
- ↑ FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
- ↑ Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.
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