Hempstead County, Arkansas Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png Arkansas Gotoarrow.png Hempstead County

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

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Hempstead County, Arkansas
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Location in the state of Arkansas
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Founded December 15, 1818
County Seat Hope
Address Hempstead County Courthouse
PO Box 1420
Hope, AR 71801-1420
Phone: 870.777.2241
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County Courthouse

Hempstead County Courthouse
PO Box 1420
Hope, AR 71801-1420
Phone: 870.777.2241

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1823 and land records from 1900[1]

Beginning years for Hempstead County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1823 1914* 1819 1900 1826
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's


  • 1818--Hempstead County was created 15 December 1818 from Arkansas County. County seat: Hope [3] Its existence predates the state of Akansas which was admitted to the union in 1836. Hempstead County was part of the Missouri Territory from 1818 to 1819 and part of the Arkansas Territory from 1819 to 1836.

Parent County

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Hempstead County border changes at N2Genealogy.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss



Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


  • Cemeteries are found on the Hempstead ARGenweb site, the Hempstead Archives website and the Findagrave website.


Church Records



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.



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, Hempstead County on page 191.]
Civil War

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

- 2nd Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate), Company H
- 5th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), The Davis Blues
- 6th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate) , Companies C and D
- 17th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Griffith's) (Confederate), Company H
- 20th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies A, B, C and E



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


Probate Records


Vital Records

Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.
  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. 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.
  5. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.