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Guide to Hot Spring County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Arkansas County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Arkansas County
Location in the state of Arkansas
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Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 2, 1829
County Seat Malvern
Courthouse
Address Hot Spring County Courthouse
210 Locust Street
Malvern, AR 72104
Phone: 501.332.2291

Contents

County Courthouse

Hot Spring County Courthouse
210 Locust Street
Malvern, AR 72104
Phone: 501.332.2291

County Clerk has marriage records from 1825 and probate records from 1834; Clerk Circuit Court has court and divorce records.[1]

Beginning years for Hot Spring County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1825 1914* 1843 1831 1834
*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

  • The County was named for the hot springs at Hot Springs, located within the county.
  • The county is a "dry county", no alcohol allowed.

Parent County

Boundary Changes

Parts were set off to create following new counties:

  • Montgomery 9 December 1842
  • Grant 4 February 1869
  • Garland 5 April 1873
  • Part of Garland County was returned to Hot Springs later in 1873.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

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

Towns
  • Donaldson
  • Friendship
  • Magnet Cove
  • Malvern
  • Midway
  • Perla
  • Rockport
Census Districts and Unincorporated Towns
  • Abco
  • Antioch
  • Beaton
  • Bismarck
  • Bonnerdale
  • Brown Springs
  • Butterfield
  • Caney
  • Central
  • Cross Roads
  • De Roche
  • Diamondhead
  • Gifford
  • Glen Rose
  • Harp
  • Jones Mills
  • Lambert
  • Landers
  • Lono
  • Morning Star
  • Mount Moriah
  • Oak Grove
  • Point Cedar
  • Rolla
  • Saginaw
  • Shorewood Hills
  • Social Hill
  • Whittington
  • Witherspoon
Communities
  • Faber
  • Oak Bower
  • Old De Roche


Neighboring Counties

Clark  • Dallas  • Garland  • Grant  • Montgomery  • Saline

Hot Spring CountyGrant CountyCleveland CountyDallas CountyClark CountyPike CountyMontgomery CountyGarland CountySaline CountyPulaski CountyJefferson CountyOuachita CountyNevada CountyHempstead CountyHoward CountyPolk CountyScott CountyYell CountyPerry CountyARHot Spring.JPG

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Online Hot Spring County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Hot Spring 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.
  • I Dream of Genealogy Scroll to the county and cemetery. Scroll down 1/3 of the way to find cemeteries.

More cemetery lists

Census

Church Records

Contents of church records depend upon the 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 [[{{{1}}} County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities and Towns|Cities and Towns]] to find records listed at the town level in the FamilySearch Catalog.

Court

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1834-1945 Hot Spring County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration and guardian bonds 1866-1869; Administration, executor and guardian records 1858-1945; Guardian bonds and letters 1834-1850; Letters of administration 1862-1871; Probate record index 1883-1887; Probate records 1839-1895; Wills 1879-1930

Genealogy

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.

The county has copies of deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, and more recorded by individuals. See Arkansas Land and Property for online collections of transfers from the government.

Local Histories

Template:AR History Intro

  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pulaski, Jefferson, Lonoke, Faulkner, Grant, Saline, Perry, Garland, and Hot Spring Counties, Arkansas. Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

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 Caddo tribe lived in this area until around AD 1700
  • Beginning in 1673, many French explorers visited the area.
  • 1818 - The Quapaw tribe ceded control of the lands surrounding the forty-three hot springs to the United States.
  • 1829 November 2 - Hot Spring County was established by an act of the territorial legislature with land taken from Clark County.
  • 1865 (and after) - Hot Springs thrived after the Civil War, unlike many other Arkansas towns.
  • 1850s-1870s - River transportation was becoming less important as the railroad moved west.
  • 1879 October 15 - The popularity of river travel yielded to the efficiency of rail, and fast-growing Malvern officially replaced neighboring Rockport as the county seat.
  • 1945 - World War II brought an unprecedented demand for the barite found in Hot Spring County—the solid deposits of barite were useful in oil-well drilling. Following the war, various industries were established in the county.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Hot Spring County, Arkansas Genealogy 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 Hot Spring County, Arkansas Genealogy:


- 3rd Consolidated Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Company F
- 19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dockery's) (Confederate),
- 20th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company D

Men from this county served in the 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[3] and the 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate).[4]

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

Occupations

Probate Records

Records of wills and estates of Arkansas have been kept by the probate or county courts. See Arkansas Probate Records for Online Collections and more information.

  • Probate Records 1834-1945 Hot Spring County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration and guardian bonds 1866-1869; Administration, executor and guardian records 1858-1945; Guardian bonds and letters 1834-1850; Letters of administration 1862-1871; Probate record index 1883-1887; Probate records 1839-1895; Wills 1879-1930.

Taxation

Arkansas tax records provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps. For more information see Arkansas Taxation.

Vital Records

See the Arkansas Vital Records page. See also Arkansas Vital Records Online and Arkansas Statewide Indexes and Collections at FamilySearch.

Birth
Marriage
Death
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Hot Spring County, Arkansas Genealogy
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

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
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
Sites that search for links pertaining to Hot Spring County, Arkansas Genealogy
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 Hot Spring County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Hot Spring County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Hot Spring County Message Board

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.
  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. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), pp. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  4. Calvin L. Collier, They'll do to Tie To: the story of the Third Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A.,(Little Rock, Arkansas: Civil War Round Table Associates, 1959) p. 10. FHL book 976.7 M2c
  5. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  6. 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.

 

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