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Guide to Cleburne County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Cleburne County, Arkansas|
Location in the state of Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
|Founded||February 20, 1883|
|County Seat||Heber Springs|
|Address|| Cleburne County Courthouse|
301 W Main Street;
Heber Springs, AR 72543
Cleburne County Courthouse
301 W Main Street;
Heber Springs, AR 72543
County Clerk has marriage, probate, divorce, court, and land records from 1883.
- 1883--Cleburne County was created 20 February 1883 from White, Van Buren, and Independence Counties.
County seat: Heber Springs 
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
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.
Nazareth Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Quitman
- 1878-1885 - Nazareth Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Quitman, Baptism Index 1878-1885. Batch C586771 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1878-1895 - Nazareth Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Quitman, Marriage Index 1878-1895. Batch M586771 at FamilySearch - free.
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 Cleburne 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.
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 
- The land that became Cleburne County was first inhabited by Native Americans many thousands of years ago.
- 1541-1542 - One party of Hernando de Soto’s expedition may have traveled as far northwest as Cleburne County.
- 1680s - It was with the expedition of La Salle, before any record is found of white men’s arriving in the region.
- 1812 - The earliest known Anglo-Americans to settle in what is now Cleburne County were John Benedict and his brothers-in-law, William, Davis, and John Standlee.
- 1828 - The Arkansas Cherokee agreed to give up their reservation in exchange for lands west of Arkansas Territory.
- 1850s - By midcentury, there were colonies of families who had traveled together from Kentucky or Tennessee.
- 1861 - At the time of the Civil War, what was to become Cleburne County had fewer than 1,000 residents.
- 1870 - The area had lost population.
- 1880 - The county swiftly recuperated, with the population almost doubling, from 2,210 in 1870 to 4,025 in 1880.
- 1883 January 27 - The new county was formed from parts of Independence, Van Buren and White counties.
- 1908 - Construction of the Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad (M&NA) opened the remote valley to the world.
- Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)
- Family Maps of Cleburne County, Arkansas (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
Regiments. Service men in Cleburne County, Arkansas served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Cleburne County, Arkansas:
- - 2nd Regiment, Arkansas Volunteers (Confederate), Company C
- - 10th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
Finding More Arkansas Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cleburne County, Arkansas newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch. Do a Cleburne County, Arkansas Place-name search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see, FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).
- Fayetteville Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Fayetteville Daily Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Daily Fayetteville Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Northwest Arkansas Times at Ancestry.com ($)
- Courier Times at Ancestry.com ($)
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.
- Records 1881-1962 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
- Includes Administration and guardian bonds and letters 1883-1918; Chancery Court records 1883-1897; Dockets 1883-1893; Probate record index 1881-1962; Probate records 1883-1897; Wills 1901-1923.
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
- 1883-1896 - Cleburne County Marriage Books 1-15 Index 1883-1896 in Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1883-1923 - Cleburne County Marriage Books 1-8 Index 1883-1923 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.
Vital Record Substitutes
Genealogy Societies and Libraries
Family History Centers
- Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
- Quitman Arkansas Family History Center 6556 Heber Springs Road, Quitma, AR 72131-8808 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||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions|
|Linkpendium||Free||Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)|
|CyndisList||Free||Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)|
|StateofUS.com||Free||family history resources and government records|
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
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|WorldCat||To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.|
|Allen County Public Library||located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.|
|Arkansas History Commission||AR state agency involved in organizing and maintaining state and local history of AR|
|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||Cleburne County, AR Genealogy Forum|
|ancestry.com||Cleburne County Message Board|
- ↑ 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).
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 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.
- ↑ FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
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