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Guide to Miller County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Miller County, Arkansas|
Location in the state of Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
|Founded||April 1, 1820|
|Address|| Miller County Courthouse|
400 Laurel Street, Texarkana, AR 71854
Miller County Courthouse
400 Laurel Street, Texarkana, AR 71854
County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records from 1875; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.
The county was named for James Miller, territorial governor of Arkansas.
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
The City of Texarkana is located in two states. In the middle of the city is a street called State Line Road which separates the city between Bowie County, Texas and Miller County, Arkansas. Texarkana is the county seat for Miller County, Arkansas, and a marriage license purchased in Miller County, Arkansas is not valid in the State of Texas.
- Cemeteries of Miller County - Miller County ARGenWeb
- Tombstone Transcription Project - USGenWeb Project
- Find A Grave
- Ancestors At Rest
- Cemetery and Tombstone Transcriptions and Registers
- 1830 Census Index - USGenWeb Archives
- 1880 Census Sulphur Township - USGenWeb Archives
- 1880 Federal Census Images - USGenWeb Archives
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.
Church Records - partial listing - USGenWeb Archives
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.
- Homestead and Cash Entry Patents Before 1908 - USGenWeb Archives
- Miller County Land Records 1890 - USGenWeb Archives
- Arkansas Land Records Interactive Search - Rootsweb
Local histories are available for Miller 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.
- Family Group Sheets - Miller County ARGenWeb
- Photo Album - Miller County ARGenWeb
- Miller County Surnames - Miller county ARGenWeb
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 
- People have lived in the Miller County area for at least 10,000 years.
- 1778 - By this time, the Caddo Indians, who had inhabited the area, left their towns in the Great Bend region of southwest Arkansas.
- 1700s - This area was claimed by the Quapaw
- 1820 April 1 - The legislature established Miller County
- 1838 - the first Miller County was abolished
- 1850 - Interest in settling in this part of the state was slow to develop because the U.S. government had listed the area as “swamplands,” unfit for settlement, under the Swamp Lands Act of 1850.
- 1874 December 22 - Miller County was reestablished.
- 1874-1900 - The county’s population boomed, mainly in response to the railroad and the influx of immigrants and settlers.
- 1940s - World War II boosted Miller County’s economy with two manufacturing facilities just over the state line: the Red River Army Ammunition Plant and the Lone Star Army Ammunition Depot.
- Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]
World War I
World War II
- World War II Casualties Miller County - Miller County ARGenWeb
- Texarkana Residents on Memorial Wall - Miller County ARGenWeb
Finding More Arkansas Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Miller County, Arkansas newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch. Do a Miller County, Arkansas Place-name search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see, FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).
- Fayetteville Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- 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.
- Probate Records 1875-1931 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
- Includes Administration records 1875-1918; Dockets 1883-1889; Executor records 1875-1918; Guardian records 1875-1918; Probate record index 1875; Probate records 1875-1893; Wills 1875-1931.
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
- 1875-1951 - Miller County Marriage Books A-Z, AA-ZZ, 1-33 Index 1875-1951 in Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1875-1921 - Miller County Marriage Books A-Z Index 1875-1921 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.
Vital Record Substitutes
Genealogy Societies and Libraries
- List of Arkansas Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies
- Texarkana Public Library
- Miller County Genealogical Society:
Texarkana USA Genealogical Society
PO Box 2323, Texarkana, TX 75504-2323
- Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives
Old Washington Historical State Park
Box 134, Washington, AR 71862
Tel: 870-983-2684 (Mon-Fri)
Open 7 days a week 9:00a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
- Arkansas History Commission & State Archives
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
- Arkansas Historical Association
Ozark Hall, 12, University of Arkansas
Old Main 416
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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||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|
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|genealogy.com||Miller County, AR Genealogy Forum|
|ancestry.com||Miller County Message Board|
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 69.
- ↑ 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.
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