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|Greene County, Arkansas|
Location in the state of Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
|Founded||November 5, 1833|
|Address|| Greene County Courthouse|
PO Box 62
Paragould, AR 72451-0364
This page adopted by Sandy Hardin, P. R. Massey, and Venus Allen. Greene County ARGenWeb County Coordinator
Government and Related 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|
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.
Prior to 1883 the county courthouse was burned twice. For a list of record loss in Arkansas counties see: Arkansas Counties with Burned Courthouses
Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'
from state and national resources
in Greene County
(then click to names of people)
(Often more complete)
More cemetery lists
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.
Land and Property
Land and property records can 1) place an ancestor in a specific location, 2) provide economic information, 3) reveal family relationships, and more.
After land was transferred to private ownership, transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse in the form of deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, and others.
See Arkansas Land and Property for more about online collections and early Arkansas land grants and patents from the government to private ownership.
- History of Greene County at Ancestry.com ($)
- Goodspeed's history of Greene County, Arkansas. Van Buren, Arkansas : Press-Argus, 1963.
- Online at FamilySearch Catalog (Free)
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 first Native Americans arrived in the area more than 10,500 years ago.
- 1715 - Louisiana Governor Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac was probably the first European to visit this part of northeast Arkansas
- 1833 November 5 - The territorial legislature approved the petition to form Greene County.
- 1850s (mid) - The growth of Gainesville, the drainage activities, and the arrival of land speculators, helped Greene County finally to boom.
- 1884 - Paragould, a new town grew rapidly and became the county seat, beginning the sharp and sudden decline of Gainesville.
- 1890s - Northeast Arkansas offered one of the few remaining hardwood forests in the nation. With rail transportation and drainage improvements, Greene County experienced a major boom.
Regiments. Service men in Greene 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 Greene County, Arkansas:
- - 8th Battalion, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- - Davies' Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Companies D, E and F
- Men from this county served in the 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate) , 25th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate) and Kuykendall's Company, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate).
Finding More Arkansas Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Greene County, Arkansas newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch. Do a Greene 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. See Arkansas Probate Records for more information about Probate records in Arkansas, including statewide indexes.
- Probate Records 1876-1953 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
- Includes Accounts 1898-1908; Administration bonds 1876-1906; Claims against estates no date; Guardian bonds and letters 1876-1905; Probate case files 1905-1937; Probate records 1876-1899; Wills 1894-1953.
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
See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records
- 1876-1955 - Greene County Marriage Books 2-36 and License Applications Index 1876-1955 in Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1876-1922 - Greene County Marriage Books 2-16 Index 1876-1922 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.
Vital Record Substitutes
Genealogy Societies and Libraries
- List of Arkansas Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies
- Greene County Arkansas Historical and Genealogical Society
212 W Court Street (7 room research center open 9-4 Monday through Friday)
P.O. Box 121
Paragould, AR 72451
Phone: (870) 240-8944
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.|
Family History Centers
| 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|
|genealogy.com||Greene County, AR Genealogy Forum|
|ancestry.com||Greene County Message Board|
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.
- ↑ 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).
- ↑ 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/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf.
- This page was last modified on 17 December 2014, at 19:21.
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