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

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Poinsett County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Poinsett County
Location in the state of Arkansas
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Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 28, 1838
County Seat Harrisburg
Courthouse
Address Poinsett County Courthouse
401 Market Street
Harrisburg, AR 72432
Phone: 870.578.4410

Contents

County Courthouse

Poinsett County Courthouse
401 Market Street
Harrisburg, AR 72432
Phone: 870.578.4410

Court Clerk has marriage records from 1873 and probate records; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.[1]

Beginning years for Poinsett County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1873 1914* 1871 1873 1873
*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

History

Parent County

  • 1838--Poinsett County was created 28 February 1838 from Greene and St. Francis Counties.

County seat: Harrisburg [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

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Craighead  • Crittenden  • Cross  • Jackson  • Mississippi  •

Poinsett CountyMississippi CountyGreene CountyCraighead CountyClay CountySharp CountyLawrence CountyJackson CountyRandolph CountyWhite CountyWoodruff CountyIndependence CountySt. Francis CountyCross CountyCrittenden CountyShelby CountyTipton CountyMarshall CountyBenton CountyHaywood CountyLauderdale CountyDyer CountyCrockett CountyGibson CountyObion CountyHardeman CountyLake CountyFayette CountyDunklin CountyPemiscot CountyARPoinsett1.JPG


Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Online Poinsett County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Poinsett County
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.)
  • ARGenWeb Select a county, then "Cemeteries." Some overlap with USGenWeb.

More cemetery lists

Census

Church Records

Depending upon the beliefs of the church, records may give baptism, christening, or birth, plus marriage (maiden name?) and death dates. See also Arkansas Church Records and [[{{{1}}} County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities and Towns|Cities and Towns]].

Court

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1873-1966 Poinsett County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration records 1873-1925; Dockets 1873-1875; Executor records 1875-1949; Guardian records 1873-1922; Probate records 1873-1896; Wills 1875-1966.

Genealogy

Land and Property

Land and property records
 1) pinpoint the land
 2) reveal family relationships
 3) identify neighbors
 4) have clues!


The clerk of the circuit or county court has copies of deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, and others. See Arkansas
Land and Property
for online collections and more information.

Local Histories

Template:AR History Intro

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]

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

Occupations

Probate Records

Records of wills and estates of Arkansas have been kept by the probate or county courts. See Arkansas Probate Records for Online Collections and more information.

  • Probate Records 1873-1966 Poinsett County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration records 1873-1925; Dockets 1873-1875; Executor records 1875-1949; Guardian records 1873-1922; Probate records 1873-1896; Wills 1875-1966.

Taxation

Arkansas tax records provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps. For more information see Arkansas Taxation.

Vital Records

See the Arkansas Vital Records page. See also Arkansas Vital Records Online and Arkansas Statewide Indexes and Collections at FamilySearch. See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Death
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Poinsett 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

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
RootsWeb resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Poinsett 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 Free family history resources and government records


Social networking sites pertaining to Poinsett County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Poinsett County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Poinsett 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. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  5. 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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