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Guide to Izard County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Izard County, Arkansas
Map of Arkansas highlighting Izard County
Location in the state of Arkansas
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Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Founded October 27, 1825
County Seat Melbourne
Address Izard County Courthouse
PO Box 327;
Melbourne, AR 726556
Phone: 870.368.4328


County Courthouse

Izard County Courthouse
PO Box 327;
Melbourne, AR 726556
Phone: 870.368.4328

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1889.[1]

Beginning years for Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1889 1914* 1889 1889 1889
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Government and Related Websites

County Government and other Local Websites
County-clerk.net (unofficial site) Clerks have jurisdiction over birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, land use, land rights, real estate, and other court records. Site provides links to unofficial websites with online records
PublicRecords.com (unofficial site) Provides links to County officials and public records


Parent County

County seat: Melbourne [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


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Baxter  • Fulton  • Independence  • Sharp  • Stone

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Online Izard County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
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Get a list of cemeteries
(then click to names of people)
Find printed records
(Often more complete)
  • Find A Grave Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
  • Billion Graves Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
  • Find A Grave Click Search for a Cemetery on the right, click All Countries - click United States, click State, click County and search.

More cemetery lists


Church Records




  • Probate Records 1889-1949 Izard County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration bonds and letters 1889-1949; Guardian bonds and letters 1889-1946; Probate records 1889-1930; Wills 1889-1942.

Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for {{{1}}} County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. Click for a brief Timeline History of the county. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

See also Towns and Townships to find records listed at the town level in the FamilySearch Catalog.

  • Izard County, Arkansas. Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2014.
  • Izard County, Arkansas.Vol 2 Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2014.
  • Shannon, Karr. A history of Izard County, Arkansas. Little Rock, Arkansas : Democrat Print. and Lithographing Co., c1947.
  • Osage hunted in the area prior to an 1808 treaty, and Shawnee also lived in the White River valley until 1833.
  • 1802 - John Lafferty, a native of Ireland, traveled up the White River.
  • 1810 - Lafferty and his family established the county’s first settlement at Lafferty Creek.
  • 1825 October 27 - Izard County established.
  • 1800s (early) - Keelboats began bringing settlers up the White River.
  • 1860 - The 1860 census shows only five foreign-born residents in Izard County: four from Ireland and one from Germany. Those not born in the county came primarily from Tennessee, the Carolinas, and a few from Kentucky and Mississippi.
  • 1870s (mid) - After the Civil War, many people starved in Izard County, resorting to eating grass and bark.
  • 1910-1960 - The population of Izard County hit a high (14,500) in 1910 and a low (6,700) in 1960. In 2010 the population was 13,700.

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]



Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy 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 Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy:

- 7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate) [4]
- 14th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Powers') (Confederate)
- 27th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company C (new), Companies G, H and I
- 38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[5], Company A

World War II



Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Probate Records

Online Probate Records


Vital Records

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. For towns, click here.
WorldCat Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
Arkansas History Commission Select the county Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
Local libraries and Arkansas Archives and Libraries may suggest other catalogs

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


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
Rootsweb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy
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

Social networking sites pertaining to Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Izard County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Izard County Message Board


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 68.
  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, The Seventh Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988) FHL book 976.7 M22adw
  5. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  6. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  7. 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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