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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Hempstead_County,_Arkansas|Hempstead County]]''  
  
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Guide to '''Hempstead County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| building address = [http://www.hempsteadcountyar.com/ Hempstead County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 1420 <br>Hope, AR 71801-1420<br>Phone: 870.777.2241 <br>
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.hempsteadcountyar.com/ Hempstead County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 1420 <br>Hope, AR 71801-1420<br>Phone: 870.777.2241 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage and probater records from 1823<br>and land records from 1900<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.</ref>  
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[http://www.hempsteadcountyar.com/ Hempstead County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 1420 <br>Hope, AR 71801-1420<br>Phone: 870.777.2241 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1823 and land records from 1900<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.</ref>  
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning years for {{PAGENAME}} government records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Court|Court]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1823
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1900
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| colspan="6" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's</center>
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==== Government and Related Websites  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" colspan="3" | <center>'''County Government and other Local Websites'''</center>
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| width="30%" | [http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=Arkansas&county=Hempstead County-clerk.net] (unofficial site)
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| width="60%" | 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
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| width="30%" | [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/AR_Hempstead.htm PublicRecords.com] (unofficial site)
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| width="60%" | Provides links to County officials and public records
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
==== Parent County ====
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*'''1818--'''Hempstead County was created 15 December 1818 from [[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas County]]. '''County seat:''' Hope <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> Its existence predates the state of Akansas which was admitted to the union in 1836. Hempstead County was part of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri_Territory Missouri Territory] from 1818 to 1819 and part of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_Territory Arkansas Territory] from 1819 to 1836.
  
*'''1818--'''Hempstead County was created 15 December 1818 from [[Arkansas County, Arkansas|Arkansas County]]. '''County seat:''' Hope <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> Its existence predates the state of Akansas which was admitted to the union in 1836. Hempstead County was part of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri_Territory Missouri Territory] from 1818 to 1819 and part of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_Territory Arkansas Territory] from 1819 to 1836.
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==== Parent County ====
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Hempstead County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html border changes] at N2Genealogy.  
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For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps"] (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
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==== Variant Spellings  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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For a list of record loss in Arkansas counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-counties.html#courthouse Arkansas Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Hempstead, Hope|place|disp=Hope}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Hempstead, Washington|place|disp=Washington}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Howard County, Arkansas|Howard]]  
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[[Howard County, Arkansas Genealogy|Howard]] {{•}}
*[[Lafayette County, Arkansas|Lafayette]]  
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[[Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lafayette]] {{•}}
*[[Little River County, Arkansas|Little River]]  
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[[Little River County, Arkansas Genealogy|Little River]] {{•}}
*[[Miller County, Arkansas|Miller]]  
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[[Miller County, Arkansas Genealogy|Miller]] {{•}}
*[[Nevada County, Arkansas|Nevada]]  
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[[Nevada County, Arkansas Genealogy|Nevada]] {{•}}
*[[Pike County, Arkansas|Pike]]  
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[[Pike County, Arkansas Genealogy|Pike]] {{•}}
*[[Sevier County, Arkansas|Sevier]]
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[[Sevier County, Arkansas Genealogy|Sevier]]
  
== Resources  ==
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<center>{{ARHempstead County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
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==== African Americans  ====
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:*1865-1868 — ''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VRS-DP8%3A1076659906%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Washington] at  [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only;'' Accounts current, Marriage certificates, court papers, and teachers' school reports, contracts, letters
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:*1865-1868 — ''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VRS-DPF%3A1076659902%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Washington (Southwest District of Arkansas)] at  [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only;'' letters, special orders
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;"
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| bgcolor="#EAC7FE" colspan="3" | <center>'''Online Hempstead County, Arkansas''' cemeteries <br>from [[Arkansas Cemeteries|state]] and [[United States Cemeteries|national]] resources</center>
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| width="34%" bgcolor="#CFF3FF" | <center>'''Search for names of people'''<br>in Hempstead County</center>
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| width="34%" bgcolor="#F2DDFE" | <center>'''Get a list of cemeteries'''<br>(then click to names of people)</center>
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| width="32%" bgcolor="#B8FFDB" |<center>'''Find printed records''' <br>(Often more complete)</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=smith&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=4&GScnty=121&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Find A Grave] Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=17 Arkansas Gravestones] enter a name and click "Search"
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#given_names=&family_names=smith&birth_year=&death_year=&year_range=5&lim=0&num=10&action=search&exact=true&phonetic=false&record_type=0&country=United+States&state=Arkansas&county=0 Billion Graves] Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=121 Find A Grave]  Click '''Search for a Cemetery''' on the right, click '''All Countries''' - click '''United States''', click '''State''', click '''County''' and search.
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=17 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/hempstead.htm Interment.net]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/hempstead-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/hempstead/hempstea.html USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/hempstead.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/arcounty.htm ARGenWeb] Scroll down to Hempstead - no cemeteries found under ARGenWeb specifically for Hempstead.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/hempstead/hempstead.htm  RootsWeb]
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*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
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'''More cemetery lists'''
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Hempstead/cem/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/hempstead/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List]
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/arkansas/index.html DeathIndexes.com] Scan through the list under '''Arkansas Death Records Indexes….'''
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-AR-NDX.html D'Addezio] Search/browse by cemetery name, not people. (Statewide)
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Hempstead|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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**Also [[Hempstead County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities and Towns|check towns]] for records
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Hempstead+county+Arkansas=Hempstead+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Hempstead County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
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*Cemeteries are found on the Hempstead ARGenweb site, the Hempstead Archives website and the Findagrave website.
 
*Cemeteries are found on the Hempstead ARGenweb site, the Hempstead Archives website and the Findagrave website.
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
1820 is missing
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==== Church Records  ====
  
==== Church ====
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{{AR Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
*I[http://www.argenweb.net/hempstead/courts.htm ndex to Chancery Court Record]s&nbsp; Hempstead Co. ARGenweb
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/hempstead/courts.htm Index to Chancery Court Records] Hempstead Co. ARGenweb
  
==== Land ====
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==== Genealogy ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/ar/hempstead/land/hempstea.txt Federal Land Records Hampstead County]&nbsp; Hempstead County Archives
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==== Guardianship ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QC-JNR%3A353225901%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1819-1927] Hempstead County portion of the collection: {{RecordSearch|2061549|''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979''|access=browse}}: ''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Administration bonds 1845-1914; Administration dockets 1839-1855; Dockets 1832-1840; Executor records 1861-1927; Guardian bonds and letters 1861-1911; Letters of administration 1826-1830; Miscellaneous probate records 1837-1845; Probate records 1841-1894; Wills 1826-1925; Wills, miscellaneous records 1819-1845.
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==== Land and Property  ====
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{{AR Land Intro}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/hempstead/land/hempstea.txt Federal Land Records Hampstead County] Hempstead County Archives
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{AR History Intro}}
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*'''''Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas'''''. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7192 Ancestry.com] ($)
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==== History Timeline  ====
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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 &amp; Culture [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=745]
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* The Caddo were known to hunt along the Red River on the county’s western boundary.
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* 1600s (late) -  Early Spanish and French explorers traded with the Indians.
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* 1818 December 15 -  Hempstead County was organized.
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* 1819 - Settlers came up the Red River on keel or flatboats, as well as overland, down the Southwest Trail.
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* 1824 - Washington was established as the first county seat.
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* 1863-1868 - The official population increased in these years as the former slaves were listed in the census for the first time as citizens. It is possible that the non-violent atmosphere in the county attracted other former slaves.
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* 1880-1900 - In 1880, the rich earth near Columbus was producing 1,120 pounds of cotton per acre. Total production of cotton for the county was 13,985 bales, worth an estimated $1.425 million. By 1890, cotton production had increased to 15,985 bales. Cotton continued to be king until after World War I. No cotton is grown in the county today.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
===== '''''Revolutionary War''''' =====
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===== 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 [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books]. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Hempstead County on page 191.]
 
*''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 [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books]. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Hempstead County on page 191.]
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===== Civil War  =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[2nd Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate)|2nd Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate)]], Company H
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:- [[5th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|5th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]], The Davis Blues
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:- [[6th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|6th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate) ]], Companies C and D
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:- [[17th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Griffith's) (Confederate)|17th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Griffith's) (Confederate)]], Company H
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:- [[20th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|20th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies A, B, C and E
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==== Naturalization  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{AR Newspapers|Hempstead}}
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==== Occupations  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
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{{AR Probate Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QC-JNR%3A353225901%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1819-1927] Hempstead County portion of the collection: {{RecordSearch|2061549|''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979''|access=browse}}: ''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Administration bonds 1845-1914; Administration dockets 1839-1855; Dockets 1832-1840; Executor records 1861-1927; Guardian bonds and letters 1861-1911; Letters of administration 1826-1830; Miscellaneous probate records 1837-1845; Probate records 1841-1894; Wills 1826-1925; Wills, miscellaneous records 1819-1845.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AR Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/ar/hempstead/vitals/marriages/hemgroom.txt Hempstead County Marriages, 1817 - 1875]&nbsp; Hempstead County Archives  
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{{AR Vital Intro}}
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
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===== Birth  =====
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1817-1875''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/hempstead/vitals/marriages/hemgroom.txt Hempstead County Marriages, 1817 - 1875]&nbsp; Hempstead County Archives  
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*'''1817-1921''' - Hempstead County Marriage Books A-N, S-V Index 1817-1921 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igiarkansasem.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1819-1951''' - Hempstead County Marriage Books A-Z, 1-11 Index 1819-1951 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc">FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "[[Arkansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]," in ''FamilySearch Wiki,'' accessed 18 April 2013.</ref>
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/hempstead/freedmens.html Freedmens' Marriages Hempstead County&nbsp;]&nbsp; Hempstead Co.ARGenweb
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/hempstead/freedmens.html Freedmens' Marriages Hempstead County&nbsp;]&nbsp; Hempstead Co.ARGenweb
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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===== Death =====
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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===== Vital Record Substitutes =====
  
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== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-society-archive/ List of Arkansas Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFF66" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
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|-
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Hempstead|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. For towns, [[{{PAGENAME}}#Places/Localities|click here]].
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Hempstead+county%2C+arkansas&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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| width="30%" | [http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=hempstead+county%2C+arkansas&te=ILS Allen County Public Library]
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| Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.ark-ives.com/documenting/county_records.aspx Arkansas History Commission] Select the county
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| Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>[[{{PAGENAME}}#Genealogy_Societies_and_Libraries|Local libraries]] and [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]] may suggest other catalogs</center>
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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==== Websites ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ADFF85" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites with online indexes or images of records''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://www.argenweb.net/hempstead/ ARGenWeb]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Hempstead/ RootsWeb]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/hempstead/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/hempstead/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/hempstead-county/ StateofUS.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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United States Gotoarrow.png Arkansas Gotoarrow.png Hempstead County

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

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Online Records


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


Contents

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

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

  • 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

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

Howard  • Lafayette  • Little River  • Miller  • Nevada  • Pike  • Sevier

Hempstead CountyNevada CountyColumbia CountyLafayette CountyMiller CountyLittle River CountySevier CountyHoward CountyPike CountyClark CountyHot Spring CountyOuachita CountyMontgomery CountyPolk CountyBowie CountyCass CountyMorris CountyRed River CountyMcCurtain CountyARHempstead.jpg

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Online Hempstead County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Hempstead 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.)
  • Find A Grave Click Search for a Cemetery on the right, click All Countries - click United States, click State, click County and search.
  • ARGenWeb Scroll down to Hempstead - no cemeteries found under ARGenWeb specifically for Hempstead.

More cemetery lists

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

Census

Church Records

Court

Genealogy

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1819-1927 Hempstead County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration bonds 1845-1914; Administration dockets 1839-1855; Dockets 1832-1840; Executor records 1861-1927; Guardian bonds and letters 1861-1911; Letters of administration 1826-1830; Miscellaneous probate records 1837-1845; Probate records 1841-1894; Wills 1826-1925; Wills, miscellaneous records 1819-1845.

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.

  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

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 Caddo were known to hunt along the Red River on the county’s western boundary.
  • 1600s (late) - Early Spanish and French explorers traded with the Indians.
  • 1818 December 15 - Hempstead County was organized.
  • 1819 - Settlers came up the Red River on keel or flatboats, as well as overland, down the Southwest Trail.
  • 1824 - Washington was established as the first county seat.
  • 1863-1868 - The official population increased in these years as the former slaves were listed in the census for the first time as citizens. It is possible that the non-violent atmosphere in the county attracted other former slaves.
  • 1880-1900 - In 1880, the rich earth near Columbus was producing 1,120 pounds of cotton per acre. Total production of cotton for the county was 13,985 bales, worth an estimated $1.425 million. By 1890, cotton production had increased to 15,985 bales. Cotton continued to be king until after World War I. No cotton is grown in the county today.

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, 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

Naturalization

Newspapers

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:

Occupations

Probate Records

  • Probate Records 1819-1927 Hempstead County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration bonds 1845-1914; Administration dockets 1839-1855; Dockets 1832-1840; Executor records 1861-1927; Guardian bonds and letters 1861-1911; Letters of administration 1826-1830; Miscellaneous probate records 1837-1845; Probate records 1841-1894; Wills 1826-1925; Wills, miscellaneous records 1819-1845.

Taxation

Vital Records

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 Hempstead 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 Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
ARGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
RootsWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Hempstead 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 Hempstead County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Hempstead County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Hempstead County Message Board

References

  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.

 

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