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Guide to Drew County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Drew County, Arkansas|
Location in the state of Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
|Founded||November 26, 1846|
|Address|| Drew County Courthouse|
210 S Main Street
Monticello, AR 71655
Drew County Courthouse
210 S Main Street
Monticello, AR 71655
County Clerk has marriage and probate records. Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, military and court records; County Assessor has land records.
- 1846--Drew County was created 26 November 1846 from Arkansas and Bradley Counties.County seat: Monticello
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
- Drew County Cemeteries Drew County ARGenWeb
- Drew County Cemeteries Find A Grave
- Drew County Headstone Photos Drew County ARGenWeb
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.
- Drew County Church Records Drew County ARGenWeb
- Prairie Grove Southern Baptist Church Drew County ARGenWeb
- Old Florence Church Minutes USGenWeb Archives
- Prairie Hall M.A. Church South
- Pleasant Springs Missionary Baptist Church 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.
- Drew County Pioneer Settlers Drew County ARGenWeb
- Drew County Federal Land Records USGenWeb Archives
- Drew County Assessor's Public Records Searchable Database
Local histories are available for Drew 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.
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 
- Native Americans lived in southeastern Arkansas, including Drew County, for many years before European exploration.
- 1600s (late) - French missionaries and explorers encountered the Quapaw in southeastern Arkansas.
- 1824 - In a treaty, the Quapaw agreed to sell their land and move.
- 1837 - As early as 1837, American settlers had gathered in a village called Rough and Ready, located within a mile of the present-day county seat, Monticello.
- 1846 November 26 - Drew County was formed.
- 1910-2010 - The population of Drew County hit its peak in 1910 with 22,000. It had dropped to 15,000 by 1970 and had a slow recovery to 18,500 in 2010.
- Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)
- Family Maps of Drew County, Arkansas (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
Regiments. Service men in Drew County, Arkansas served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Drew County, Arkansas:
- - 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- - 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Colquitt's) (Confederate)
- - 3rd Consolidated Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- - 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- - 6th Battalion Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Companies A, B and L
- - 8th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- - 26th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies A, B and E
- Edward Gerdes Arkansas Civil War Rosters
- Drew County Civil War Amnesty List Drew County ARGenWeb
- Drew County WW 2 Army & Air Force Casualties Access Genealogy
- Men from this county served in the 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate).
Finding More Arkansas Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Drew County, Arkansas newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch. Do a Drew County, Arkansas Place-name search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see, FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).
- Fayetteville Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- 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 1846-1926 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
- Includes Estates 1905-1906; Inventories 1870-1893; Letters of administration 1847-1858; Minutes 1852-1864; Probate records 1865-1905; Wills 1846-1926; Wills, intestate estates 1847-1858.
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
- 1847-1952 - Drew County Marriage Books A-Z, AA-GG Index 1847-1952 in Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1847-1905 - Drew County Marriage Books D-J Index 1847-1905 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.
- 1847-1861 - Drew County Marriages 1847-1861 Drew County ARGenWeb
- Drew County Early Marriage Officials Drew County ARGenWeb
Vital Record Substitutes
Genealogy Societies and Libraries
Family History Centers
- Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
- Monticello Arkansas Family History Center
- Monticello, Arkansas
| 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.com||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|
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.
- ↑ 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).
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 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/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.
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