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Guide to Ouachita County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Ouachita County, Arkansas
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Location in the state of Arkansas
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Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 29, 1842
County Seat Camden
Courthouse
Address Ouachita County Courthouse
145 Jackson Street
Camden, AR 71701
Phone: 870.837.2220


Contents

County Courthouse

Ouachita County Courthouse
145 Jackson Street
Camden, AR 71701
Phone: 870.837.2220

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1875; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.[1]

Beginning years for Ouachita County, Arkansas government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1875 1914* 1875 1869 1876
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

History

Parent County

  • 1842--Ouachita County was created 29 November 1842 from Union County.  County seat: Camden [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

Populated Places

Towns
  • Bearden
  • Camden
  • Chidester
  • East Camden
  • Louann
  • Stephens

Census Districts and Unincoporated Towns
  • Amy
  • Barham
  • Bragg City
  • Buena Vista
  • Camark
  • Cross Roads
  • Cullendale
  • Eagle Mills
  • Elliott
  • Fairview
  • Frenchport
  • Good Hope
  • Harmony Grove
  • Herbert
  • Joyce City
  • Kent
  • Kirkland
  • Lakeside
  • Lester
  • Lester Junction
  • Liberty
  • Lunet
  • Millers Bluff
  • Millville
  • Ogemaw
  • Pace City
  • Red Hill
  • Rendezvous
  • Salem
  • Sayre
  • Shumaker
  • Smead
  • Snow Hill
  • Spring Hill
  • Standard Umpstead
  • Tates Bluff
  • Troy
  • Vanduzer
  • Velie
  • Warner

Neighboring Counties

Calhoun  • Clark  • Columbia  • Dallas  • Nevada  • Union  •

Ouachita CountyDallas CountyClark CountyUnion CountyCalhoun CountyHot Spring CountyColumbia CountyNevada CountyCleveland CountyGrant CountyPike CountyBradley CountyLafayette CountyAROuachita.JPG


Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Census

Church Records

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.


Court

Genealogy

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

Local histories are available for Ouachita 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.

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]

  • 1803 - The county was already heavily settled by the time of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1820s (late)-1830s (early) - The population of the area consisted of approximately 150 Choctaw, along with white settlers and slaves.
  • 1830s - As more white settlers came to the area, the French left, returning to New Orleans or moving farther west.
  • 1842 November 29 - Ouachita County was established.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Ouachita 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 Ouachita County, Arkansas:

- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Colquitt's) (Confederate)
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Companies G and H
- 6th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate),
- 11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate),
- 18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dockery's) (Confederate)
- 33rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies B, D, F and K

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Ouachita County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.

Naturalization

Newspapers

Finding More Arkansas Newspapers

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

Occupations

Probate Records

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 1876-1946 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Guardian records 1876-1911; Letters of administration 1876-1922; Letters of testamentary 1876-1946; Probate record index 1876-1880; Probate records 1880-1890; Wills 1876-1901.

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 Arkansas Vital Records Online and Arkansas Statewide Indexes and Collections at the Family History Library.


See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Death
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

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
Sites that search for links pertaining to Ouachita County, Arkansas
RootsWeb resources 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
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Ouachita County, Arkansas
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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
See also local libraries and Arkansas Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Ouachita County, Arkansas
GeneaBloggers enter "arkansas" in the search box to see a list and links to Arkansas Blogs
Google+ list of groups from "arkansas genealogy" search
Facebook list of groups from "Arkansas Genealogy" search
genealogy.com Ouachita County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Ouachita County Message Board

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 69.
  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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August, 2012)
  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/d/d7/Arkansasnz.pdf.

 

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