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Guide to Carroll County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Carroll County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Carroll County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November, 1833
County Seat Berryville
Courthouse
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Address Carroll County Courthouse
210 W Church Street
Berryville, AR 72616-4233
Phone: 870.423.2022

Contents

County Courthouse

Carroll County Arkansas Courthouse.jpg

Carroll County Courthouse
210 W Church Street
Berryville, AR 72616-4233
Phone: 870.423.2022

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1870. Clerk Circuit Court has land, divorce records from 1870.[1]

Beginning years for Carroll County, Arkansas government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1870 1914* 1870 1870 1870
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Government and Related Websites

County Government and other Local Websites
County-clerk.net (unofficial site) Clerks have jurisdiction over birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, land use, land rights, real estate, and other court records. Site provides links to unofficial websites with online records
PublicRecords.com (unofficial site) Provides links to County officials and public records

History

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Carroll County, Arkansas from Izard County by a legislative act passed 1 Nov 1833. That act took effect on 25 Dec 1833, making the county Arkansas's 26th county.

Prior to that, part of what is currently Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma became Lovely County. Lovely County, which was intended as a residence for Native Americans, was in operation from 1827 to 1828. The Lovely County Citizen, published today in Carroll County's Eureka Springs, is named for the earlier county. Lovely County derived its name from William and Persis Lovely, a white couple who lived among the Cherokee.

In Jan 1834, Carrollton became the county seat and remained so until 1875 or 1880 (sources differ), when Berryville took its place. Currently, the county has dual county seats, Berryville and Eureka Springs. King's River serves as the jurisdictional line between these two county seats, with Berryville serving as the primary seat.

The White River flows through Carroll County. The area contains some of the most mountainous portions of the Ozark Mountains. The county has been noted for its oak and hickory forests and, currently, for poultry and beef production.

Tourism is also a significant industry in Carroll County. This is largely because of Eureka Springs, known as "Little Switzerland." Eureka Springs is characterized by Victorian buildings clustered on steep mountain streets. The county's other county seat, Berryville, is home to the Saunders Museum. 

The county is named after Charles Carroll (1737-1832) of Maryland. He was the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence.[3] Carroll had died just the year before Carroll County was founded.

See also:

Parent County

  • 1833--Caroll County was created 1 November 1833 from Izard County. County seats: Carroll County currently has dual county seats, Berryville and Eureka Springs.

Boundary Changes

  • Carroll County originally comprised most of what is today Boone, Newton, and Carroll Counties, along with a small area that is now in northeastern Pope County. 
  • Part of Carroll County became Madison County in 1836.
  • Part of Carroll County became Newton County in 1842.
  • The northern part of Madison County was added to Carroll County in 1867.
  • The eastern part of Carroll County became Boone County in 1869. 
  • Other minor boundary changes occurred in 1838, 1843, 1846, 1854, 1857, and 1869.

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.


Variant Spellings

Record Loss

A courthouse fire in Dec 1869 destroyed all courthouse records dated up to that time. For a list of record loss in Arkansas counties see: Arkansas Counties with Burned Courthouses


Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'

Populated Places

See also:

Neighboring Counties

Barry County, Missouri • Benton • Boone • Madison • Newton  • Stone County, Missouri • Taney County, Missouri

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Biographies

Biographies from The History of Carroll County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed Publishing Company are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.

Cemeteries

Online Carroll County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Carroll County
Get a list of cemeteries
(then click to names of people)
Find printed records
(Often more complete)
  • Find A Grave Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
  • Billion Graves Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
  • Find A Grave Click Search for a Cemetery on the right, click All Countries - click United States, click State, click County and search.

More cemetery lists


By individual cemetery

BillionGraves: Has Google map, searchable database for each cemetery, photos of headstones. Can also search globally for the burial in case the burial may have taken place at a different cemetery.

Census

General
1830
1840
  • 1840 Census Index (S-K Publications via GenWebArchives)
  • 1840 Census Index (Peggy Seidler via GenWeb Archives): Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  • 1840 U.S. Census, Carroll County, Arkansas. Wichita, KS: S-K Publications, [1987?]. WorldCat page
  • Worley, Ted R. United States Census (Index) Carroll County, Arkansas 1840; U.S. Census, Carroll County, Arkansas, 1850. Little Rock, AR: Arkansas History Commission, 1957. WorldCat page
1850
  • 1850 Census (Peggy Seidler via GenWeb Archives): Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  • 1850 Census Index (S-K Publications via GenWeb Archives)
  • 1850 Census Index (Peggy Seidler via GenWeb Archives): Part 1 | Part 2
  • 1850 Slave Schedule (Carroll County Historical Society)
  • Crisp, Robert M. Index to Heads of Households, Carroll Co., Arkansas 1850 Census. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas College of Engineering, 1991. WorldCat page
  • Melson, James E. Arkansas, Carroll County, 1850 Census. Muskogee, OK: Self-published, 1995. WorldCat page
  • Presley, Mrs. Leister E. Carroll County, Arkansas, 1850. Searcy, AR: Self-published, 1970. WorldCat page
  • Schunk, John F. 1850 U.S. Census, Carroll County, Arkansas. Wichita, KS: S-K Publications, 1987. WorldCat page
  • Snow, Joy L. 1850 Carroll County, Arkansas. Marshfield, MO: J.L. Snow, n.d. Family History Library
  • Worley, Ted R. U.S. Census, Carroll County Arkansas, 1850. [1959?]. WorldCat page
1860
  • 1860 census index (Carroll County Historical Society)
  • Buckley, Sandra Johns. 1860 Federal Census Carroll County, Arkansas. Fair Play, MO: Self-published, 1991. WorldCat page
1870
1880
  • 1880 Census Images (GenWeb Archives)
  • 1880 Census Surname Index (Carroll County Historical Society)
  • Fayetteville Public Library Genealogy Dept. Partial Index to the 1880 Carroll County Arkansas Federal Census. Fayetteville, AR: Fayetteville Public Library, 1990. WorldCat page
1920
1930
  • "Census Work" (article about preparations for collecting the 1930 census), Green Forest Tribune, 22 Mar 1900 (Carroll County Historical Society)

Church Records

Church records vary greatly, depending upon the the record keepers and beliefs of the church. They may give: a member's dates of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information, maiden name; and death date. For more information, see Arkansas Church Records.

See also Towns and Townships to find records listed at the town level in the FamilySearch Catalog.

  • Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center, Springfield, MO: Eureka Springs figures prominently in the early 20th century pre-denominational history of Pentecostalism. The Flower Center houses a number of periodicals, photographs, and other archival materials pertaining to pre-World War I Pentecostalism in Eureka Springs, Carroll Co., AR.
  • Hicks, Freda Biggerstaff. Church Records of Union United Baptist Church, Carroll County, Arkansas. [AR?]: Self-published, 1989. WorldCat page
  • Winona Church/School, Winona Springs, Carroll County (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program)

Court

The Clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll County, at 210 West Church Street in Berryville, has court records dating from 1870.

  • Agee, Peg. Eureka Springs Feud Ends Deadly: Based on Actual Events - Court Transcripts Included. Bloomington, IN: Anchor House, 2008. Google Books preview

Education

Genealogy

General:
  • Biographies: Extensive menu, primarily from Goodspeed's history (GenWeb Archives)
  • History and Families, Carroll County, Arkansas. Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing Co., 2003. WorldCat page
  • Russell, Jesse Lewis. Behind These Ozark Hills (manuscript). Family History Library
  • York, Courtney. Arkansas Carroll County Biographies, 1889. San Jose, CA: House of York, 1971. WorldCat page
  • Biographies from The History of Carroll County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed Publishing Company are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
Specific families:
  • [Bunch]: Bradley Bunch (Carroll County Historical Society)
  • [Chaney]: Chaney Log House (Historic American Building Surveys at Library of Congress)
  • [Gaskins]: Gaskins, John. Life and Adventures of John Gaskins in the Early History of Northwest Arkansas: True Tales by an Old Hunter. Eureka Springs, AR: Eureka Springs Historical Museum, [1980?]. WorldCat page
  • [Usrey]: Rob & Janie (Phillips) Usrey (Carroll County Historical Society)

Land and Property

The Clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll County, at 210 West Church Street in Berryville, has land records dating from 1870.

  • Allen, Desmond Walls. Arkansas State Donation and Swamp Lands: Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Fulton, Izard, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Stone Counties, 1855-2001. Conway, AR: Arkansas Research, 2003. WorldCat page
  • Allen, Desmond Walls, and Bobbie Jones McLane. Arkansas Land Patents, Carroll County: Granted Through 30 Jun 1908. Conway, AR: Arkansas Research, 1991. WorldCat page
  • Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office: Land patents for Carroll County can be searched and viewed online, with scans of the original documents accessible. Searching for Carroll County patents with no particular individual's name yields 205 pages of hits.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for {{{1}}} County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. Click for a brief Timeline History of the county. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

See also Towns and Townships to find records listed at the town level in the FamilySearch Catalog.

History Timeline

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 [1]

  • The Osage indians were the pre white man residents of the area that would become Carroll County.
  • 1808 - The Osage ceded their rights to northwest Arkansas to the government of the USA.
  • 1818 - The United States government established a reservation for the Western Cherokee.
  • 1828 - The reservation was given up, and the land became the property of the federal government once more.
  • 1833 - November 1, Carroll County was created
  • 1840s - William and Charles Sneed were the area’s first settlers.
  • 1840s - In the county’s early years, lumber mills appeared, farmers grew sustenance crops, and an abundance of game made for good hunting.
  • 1879 - The use of mineral springs in the western part of the county brought a rapid population increase in the area.
  • 1883 - The railroad reached Eureka Springs.
  • 1901 - Additional rail travel came to Carroll County with the completion of the St. Louis and North Arkansas line from Harrison (Boone County) to Green Forest, Berryville, and Eureka Springs
  • 1920s-1930s - Due to an economy based on agriculture, many residents had to seek employment elsewhere. Some headed to the oil fields in Oklahoma, others to California. Thus began a population decline that lasted until 1960.

Maps

Military

General
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Carroll 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 Carroll County, Arkansas:


- 1st Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Stirman's) (Confederate), Companies A, B and C
- 14th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Powers') (Confederate)
- 16th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies D and E
- 27th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies B and C (old), Company D
World War II

Miscellaneous

Naturalization

Newspapers

Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Carroll County, Arkansas newspapers in online catalogs like:

Occupations

Probate Records

The County Clerk, at 210 West Church Street in Berryville, has probate records dating as early as 1870.

  • Probate Records 1866-1940 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration bonds and letters 1883-1918; Letters of guardianship 1883-1920; wills 1866-1940.

Taxation

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.

Tax records are housed at the county courthouse and at the Arkansas History Commission.

  • 1834 Tax List (Carroll County Historical Society)
  • Pyron, Shirley Hamby, and Juanita Norris Buell. 1890 Reconstructed Census of Carroll County, Arkansas, from 1890 Personal Property Tax Records. AR: Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society, [1986?]. WorldCat page

Vital Records

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

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth
Marriage

The County Clerk, at 210 West Church Street in Berryville, has marriage records dating as early as 1870.

Divorce
Death
  • Allen, Desmond Walls. Northwestern Arkansas Death Record Index: Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Washington Counties. Conway, AR: Arkansas Research, 1996. WorldCat page
  • Parton, Reta DeShields, Tonya Parton Williams, and Vineta Wingate. Carroll County, Arkansas Burial Association, Member Deaths, 1941-1962. AR: R.D. Parton, [2002?]. WorldCat
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries


Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Carroll County, Arkansas
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. For towns, click here.
WorldCat Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
Arkansas History Commission Select the county Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
Local libraries and Arkansas Archives and Libraries may suggest other catalogs

Family History Centers

Societies

Carroll County Historical Society

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
ARGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
RootsWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Carroll County, Arkansas
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free family history resources and government records


Social networking sites pertaining to Carroll County, Arkansas
list of groups from "Arkansas Genealogy" search
genealogy.com Carroll County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Carroll County Message Board

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 66.
  2. 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.
  3. Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Carroll_of_Carrollton.
  4. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  5. 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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