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

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Lincoln County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Lincoln County
Location in the state of Arkansas
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Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 28, 1871
County Seat Star City
Courthouse
Address Lincoln County Courthouse
300 S Drew Street
Star City, AR 71667
Phone: 870.628.5114


Contents

County Courthouse

Lincoln County Courthouse
300 S Drew Street
Star City, AR 71667
Phone: 870.628.5114

County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records from 1871 and tax records.[1]

Beginning years for Lincoln County, Arkansas government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1871 1914* 1871 1871 1871
*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

Parent County

County seat: Star City [3]

Boundary Changes

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

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

Neighboring Counties

Arkansas  • Cleveland  • Desha  • Drew  • Jefferson

Lincoln CountyChicot CountyDesha CountyCleveland CountyArkansas CountyJefferson CountyAshley CountyDrew CountyUnion CountyBradley CountyCalhoun CountyDallas CountyOuachita CountyHot Spring CountyGrant CountyLonoke CountyPulaski CountySaline CountyPhillips CountyMonroe CountyPrairie CountyCoahoma CountyBolivar CountyWashington CountySunflower CountySharkey CountyHumphreys CountyLeflore CountyTunica CountyQuitman CountyTallahatchie CountyARLincoln1.JPG


Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Online Lincoln County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Lincoln 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


Census

Church Records

Court

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.

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.

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]

  • Very few Native Americans lived in Lincoln County, though the Quapaw technically owned the land that is now Lincoln County.
  • 1827 - The McLain, Lee, and Douglass families, established homes in a community called Auburn.
  • 1836 - Thomas Griffis bought land at what is now Griffith Springs and built a cotton gin.
  • 1846 - John S. Hall and his family arrived from South Carolina and established Hall’s Station.
  • 1847 May - Elias King Hays arrived from Tennessee and established Cornerville in southwestern Lincoln County.
  • 1871 March 28 - Lincoln County was established.
  • 1930-2010 - The population of Lincoln County hit a high mark of 20,200 in 1930, a low of 12,900 in 1970 and is now (2010) at 14,100.

Maps

Military

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

Occupations

Probate Records

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 1871-1936 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Guardian bonds and letters 1875-1910; Probate records 1871-1887; Wills 1871-1936.

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.

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
  • 1876-1927 - Lincoln County Birth Index 1876-1927. Batch C748473 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1882-1885 - Lincoln County Birth Index 1882-1885. Batch C586031 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Marriage
Death
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Lincoln 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

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 Lincoln 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 Lincoln County, Arkansas
genealogy.com Lincoln County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Lincoln County Message Board

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 68.
  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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 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.
  5. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.

 

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