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This article is about a northeastern county of Arkansas. For other uses, see Mississippi (disambiguation).

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

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Online Records


Mississippi County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Mississippi County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 1, 1833
County Seat Blytheville
Courthouse
Address Monroe County Courthouse
123 Madison Street
Clarendon, AR 72029-2794
Phone: 870.747.3921

Contents

County Courthouse

Mississippi County Courthouse
200 W Walnut
Blytheville, AR 72315
Phone: 870.763.3212

County Clerk has military records from 1850 and probate records from 1865; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records from 1866 and land records from 1865.[1]

Beginning years for Mississippi County, Arkansas government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1850 1914* 1865 1865 1865
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

History

Parent County

  • 1833--Mississippi County was created 1 November 1833 from Crittenden County.  County seat: Blytheville [3]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Mississippi County boundary changes.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Craighead  • Crittenden  • Dunklin County, Missouri  • Dyer County, Tennessee  • Lauderdale County, Tennessee  • Pemiscot County, Missouri  • Poinsett  • Shelby County, Tennessee  • Tipton County, Tennessee •

Crittenden CountyMississippi CountyCross CountyCraighead CountyPoinsett CountyClay CountyGreene CountyPemiscot CountyDunklin CountyHardeman CountyDyer CountyHaywood CountyShelby CountyTipton CountyLauderdale CountyFayette CountyLake CountyGibson CountyCrockett CountyARMississippi3.JPG


Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Census

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Arkansas denominations, view the Arkansas Church Records wiki page.


Court

Genealogy

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Arkansas Land and Property for additional information about early Arkansas land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.


Local Histories

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

Naturalization

Newspapers

Finding More Arkansas Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Mississippi County, Arkansas newspapers in online catalogs like:

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Mississippi County, Arkansas newspapers in online catalogs like:

Occupations

Probate Records

Probate records of Arkansas have been kept by the probate or county courts. You can obtain copies of the original records by contacting the clerk's office in the county courthouse.

The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many Arkansas probate records. See Arkansas Probate Records for more information about Probate records in Arkansas, including statewide indexes.


  • Probate Records 1865-1952 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration and guardian bonds and letters 1869-1906; Probate records 1865-1879; Wills 1898-1952; Wills, letters of administration and guardianship 1866-1909.

Taxation

Arkansas tax records replace missing censuses and provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years for some counties. For more information see Arkansas Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Arkansas Vital Records State Department of Health, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.

See also Arkansas Vital Records Online and Arkansas Statewide Indexes and Collections at the Family History Library.


Birth
Marriage
Death
Vital Record Substitutes

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. 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. 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.