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Guide to Benton County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas

Benton County, founded September 30, 1836, was formed from Washington County, and is located in the northwest corner of Arkansas on the Ozark plateau. It adjoins Oklahoma to the west and Missouri to the north. The county seat is Bentonville, named in honor of U.S Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, who was instrumental in helping the Arkansas Territory achieve statehood.

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Benton County, Arkansas
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Location in the state of Arkansas
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Facts
Founded September 30, 1836
County Seat Bentonville
Courthouse
Address Benton County Courthouse
215 E. Central, Suite 217
Bentonville, AR 72712-0699
Telephone: 479.271.1013- 1031
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Contents

County Courthouse

Benton County Courthouse
215 E. Central, Suite 217
Bentonville, AR 72712-0699
Telephone: 479.271.1013- 1031


County Clerk has marriage records from 1861
and probate records from 1859; Clerk Circuit 
Court has divorce, court and land records.[1]

Beginning Dates for Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

1861


1859

History

Parent County

  • 1836--Benton County was created 30 September 1836 from Washington County. County seat: Bentonville. [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Benton County boundary changes at N2Genealogy.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

Places/Localities

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Populated Places

Bella Vista
Bentonville
Centerton
Cherokee City
Cross Roads
Decatur
Garfield
Gentry
Gravette
Rogers
Siloam Springs
Sulphur Springs

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Individual Cemeteries

BillionGraves transcriptions, photos, and Google map for each cemetery.

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

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

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Biographies from the History of Benton County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Benton County on page 191.]
  • 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.]
Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Benton County.

  • March 6-8, 1862 = Pea Ridge, also known as Elkhorn Tavern.[5]
  • Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

Occupations

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas

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.

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.

Birth
Marriage
Death
Vital Record Substitutes
Finding More Vital Records

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Websites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 66.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Arkansas. Adjutant General's Office. Report of the Adjutant General of Arkansas, for the period of the late rebellion, and to November 1, 1866 (Bethesda, Maryland&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;: University Publications of America, c1990).
  4. Allen, Desmond Walls. Third Arkansas Union Cavalry (Desmond Walls Allen, Conway, Arkansas) 1987, pp. 33-92.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August, 2012)
  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/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.