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Revision as of 16:54, 30 April 2014

United States Gotoarrow.png Arkansas Gotoarrow.png Conway County
Cedar Falls Trail, Petit Jean State Park Conway County, Arkansas

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

County QuickStart:


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Online Records
Conway County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Conway County
Location in the state of Arkansas
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Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded October 20, 1825
County Seat Morrilton
Courthouse
Address Conway County Courthouse
117 South Moose Street;
Morrilton, AR 72110
Phone 501.354.9621

Contents

County Courthouse

Conway County Courthouse
117 South Moose Street;
Morrilton, AR 72110
Phone 501.354.9621

County Clerk has marriage records from 1858 and probate records. The Clerk Circuit Court has divorce
and land records.[1]

Beginning years for Conway County, Arkansas government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1858 1914* 1842 1825 1837
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

History

Parent County

  • 1825--Conway County was created 20 October 1825 from Pulaski County. County seat: Morrilton [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

Neighboring Counties

Faulkner  • Perry  • Pope  • Van Buren  • Yell

Conway CountyFaulkner CountyPerry CountyYell CountyPope CountyVan Buren CountyCleburne CountyPulaski CountySaline CountyJohnson CountyNewton CountySearcy CountyStone CountyARConway (2).jpg

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Biographies

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.

History

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Conway 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]

  • Ancestors of the Quapaw Indians may have lived in the county.
  • 1803 - Up to about 1803 Conway County’s early settlers came by way of the Arkansas River and included trappers, traders, and fugitives.
  • 1803 The county was under French and Spanish rule before the Louisiana Purchase put it under American control.
  • 1825 October 20 - Conway County was created by the Arkansas General Assembly.
  • 1817-1828 - Tthe Western Cherokee occupied a reservation in Arkansas that included a great deal of Conway County.
  • 1828 - The Cherokee in Arkansas signed a treaty swapping this reservation for lands west of the territorial border.
  • 1872 - The Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad was completed through the county.
  • 1910 - The population of Conway County hit its peak.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Conway 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 Conway County, Arkansas:

- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Company I
- 10th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 36th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies F and I

Men from this county served in the 1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate),[4] Company I; 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[5] , Companies A, B, C, D, G, H, K, and L; 31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies C and G.[6]

Naturalization

Newspapers

Finding More Arkansas Newspapers

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

Occupations

Probate 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

  • Records 1826-1937 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration and guardian bonds and letters 1859-1904; Probate record index 1840-1873; Probate records 1837-1886; Wills 1826-1937.

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
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 Conway County, Arkansas
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
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Conway 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

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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Desmond Walls Allen, First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles (Conway, Ark.: privately published, 1988), 2.
  5. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry (Conway, Ark.: privately published, 1987), 33-92.
  6. Ronald R. Bass, History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry (Conway, Ark.: Arkansas Research, 1996), 12.
  7. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.