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


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Marion County, Arkansas
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Founded November 3, 1835
County Seat Yellville
Courthouse
Address Marion County Courthouse
Hwy 62; PO Box 545
Yellville, AR 72687
Phone: 870.449.6226
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Contents

County Courthouse

Marion County Courthouse
Hwy 62; PO Box 545
Yellville, AR 72687
Phone: 870.449.6226

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land  records from 1888.

The ARGenweb Project has information on The Burning of the Courthouse, How to Order Copies from the Courthouse and more.
[1]

Beginning years for Marion County, Arkansas government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1887 1914* 1887 1887 1887
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

History

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The county is named after "The Swamp Fox" Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (c1732-1795).[3]

Parent County

  • 1835--Marion County was created 3 November 1835 from Izard County. County seat: Yellville [4]

Boundary Changes

Timeline of Marion Co's history including 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

Townships

Townships - formation and changes: argenweb.net/marion/marioncoinfo/marion-co-ar-post-offices.html

Neighboring Counties

Baxter  • Boone  • Ozark County, Missouri  • Searcy  • Taney County, Missouri  •

Marion CountyBaxter CountyIzard CountyStone CountyFulton CountySearcy CountyNewton CountyBoone CountyCarroll CountyStone CountyOzark CountyTaney CountyARMarion.JPG

Genealogy Resources

Link to available resources for Marion Co: argenweb.net/marion/resources/index.html

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Link to cemetery location maps and cemeteries in Marion Co: argenweb.net/marion/cemetery/index.html. Before Bull Shoals Dam was built the Corp of Engineers inventoried and moved many cemeteries. A list of the cemeteries moved, information from tombstones and information on the cemetery the interments were moved to are found in this section. Pleasant Ridge cemetery's burials and, when available, obituaries are also found here.

Census

Abstracts of Marion Co Census Records: argenweb.net/marion/census/index.html

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.


Index to Deed Records: argenweb.net/marion/transcribedrecords/deedindexes.htm

Original land owners & plats: argenweb.net/marion/maps/landowners/index.html

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Marion 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]

  • The first inhabitants of the area were Native Americans once broadly categorized as the “Ozark Bluff Dwellers,” but which actually included various groups from the Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods
  • 1541 - The first inhabitants of the area were Native Americans once broadly categorized as the “Ozark Bluff Dwellers,” but which actually included various groups from the Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods
  • 1815-1820 - The first white person believed to have been born in Marion County was A. S. “Uncle Bud” Wood, son of William Wood who moved from Tennessee to Marion County as a young man.
  • 1820s or 1830s - One of the earliest white families of settlers in Marion County was Mike Yocum and his three brothers, Jess, Solomon, and Jake. These four men came to America from Germany and settled at the mouth of the Little North Fork of White River.
  • 1835 - Marion County was created from a portion of the western part of Izard County, although it was immediately renamed Searcy County by the Territorial General Assembly.
  • 1836 September 29 - The First General Assembly of Arkansas received a petition from the county requesting the name be reverted to Marion County.
  • 1861-1865 - As more and more men were recruited and left home, the county saw an influx of men from other areas who sought to evade service and, banding together, began to plunder the largely defenseless homes and farms.
  • 1800s (late) - The population of the county grew dramatically when valuable metal ores began to be mined late in the nineteenth century.
  • 1900-1930 - When the mining industry declined, people began to leave Marion County, seeking jobs elsewhere. The Great Depression increased the exodus from the county.

Maps

Local histories are available for Marion 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.

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Marion 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 Marion County, Arkansas:

- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[5]
- 1st Cavalry Battalion (Regiment), Arkansas Cavalry (Stirman's) (Cavalry)[6], Companies A and B
- 5th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Captain James R. Dowd's company
- 7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 14th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Powers') (Confederate)
- 27th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies A, E and K

Naturalization

Newspapers

Finding More Arkansas Newspapers

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

Abstracts from Mt Echo Newspapers: argenweb.net/marion/newspapers/index.html

Occupations

Probate Records

  • Probate Records 1887-1946 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Bonds and letters 1889-1921; Wills 1887-1946.

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
  • 1947-1964 - Marion County Birth Index 1947-1964. Batch C750734 at FamilySearch - free.[7]
Marriage
Death

Link to obituaries: marion/obits/index.html. Includes obituaries or death information found in early newspapers from the 1800s and 1900s, plus current obituaries beginning in 2000.

Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Link to Genealogy Society: argenweb.net/marion/historicalsociety.html and society's Newsletter argenweb.net/marion/bramblebush/index.html

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 Marion 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 Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Marion 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. 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. "Francis Marion," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  6. Desmond Walls Allen, The Seventh Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988) FHL book 976.7 M22adw
  7. 7.0 7.1 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.
  8. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.

 

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