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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Monroe_County,_Arkansas|Monroe County]]''  
  
Guide to '''Monroe County Arkansas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Monroe 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.arkansasties.com/Monroe/Structures/MonroeCourtHouse.htm Monroe County Courthouse]<br>123 Madison Street<br>Clarendon, AR 72029-2794<br>Phone: 870.747.3921 <br>
 
| building address = [http://www.arkansasties.com/Monroe/Structures/MonroeCourtHouse.htm Monroe County Courthouse]<br>123 Madison Street<br>Clarendon, AR 72029-2794<br>Phone: 870.747.3921 <br>
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.arkansasties.com/Monroe/Structures/MonroeCourtHouse.htm Monroe County Courthouse]<br>123 Madison Street<br>Clarendon, AR 72029-2794<br>Phone: 870.747.3921 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1850 <br>and probate records from 1839; Clerk Circuit<br>Court has divorce records from 1839, court records<br>from 1830 and land records from 1829<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 69.</ref>  
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[http://www.arkansasties.com/Monroe/Structures/MonroeCourtHouse.htm Monroe County Courthouse]<br>123 Madison Street<br>Clarendon, AR 72029-2794<br>Phone: 870.747.3921 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1850 and probate records from 1839; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records from 1839, court records from 1830 and land records from 1829.<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 69.</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}}#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Vital_Records|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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| 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'''
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| width="30%"| [http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=Arkansas&county=Monroe 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_Monroe.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  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*'''1829--'''Monroe County was created 2 November 1829&nbsp;from [[Phillips County, Arkansas|Phillips]] and [[Arkansas County, Arkansas|Arkansas]] Counties.
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*'''1829--'''Monroe County was created 2 November 1829&nbsp;from [[Phillips County, Arkansas Genealogy|Phillips]] and [[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] Counties.
  
 
'''County seat:''' Clarendon <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''County seat:''' Clarendon <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Monroe County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes].  
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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, Monroe, Aberdeen|place|disp=Aberdeen}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Monroe, Cache Township|place|disp=Cache Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Monroe, Clarendon|place|disp=Clarendon}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Monroe, Creigh|place|disp=Creigh}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Monroe, Holly Grove|place|disp=Holly Grove}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Arkansas County, Arkansas|Arkansas]]  
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[[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] {{•}}
*[[Lee County, Arkansas|Lee]]  
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[[Lee County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lee]] {{•}}
*[[Phillips County, Arkansas|Phillips]]  
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[[Phillips County, Arkansas Genealogy|Phillips]] {{•}}
*[[Prairie County, Arkansas|Prairie]]  
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[[Prairie County, Arkansas Genealogy|Prairie]] {{•}}
*[[St. Francis County, Arkansas|St. Francis]]  
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[[St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy|St. Francis]] {{•}}
*[[Woodruff County, Arkansas|Woodruff]]
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[[Woodruff County, Arkansas Genealogy|Woodruff]]
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<center>{{ARMonroe, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
  
== Resources  ==
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
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==== African Americans  ====
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
==== Church  ====
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| bgcolor="#EAC7FE" colspan="3" | <center>'''Online Monroe 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 Monroe 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=140&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Find A Grave] Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, change the name, then "Search"
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=36&lm=s&last=smith&fm=s&first= Arkansas Gravestones] Change the name, then "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] Change the name, then "Search" (Statewide, many counties nil)
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=140 Find A Grave]
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/monroe.htm Interment.net]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/monroe-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/monroe/cem.htm USGenWeb]
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*[http://argenweb.net/arcounty.htm ARGenWeb] Select a county, then "Cemeteries." Some overlap with USGenWeb.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/monroe/monroe.htm  RootsWeb]
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ar/ African American Cemeteries Online] Select the county and cemetery. Not all counties are included.
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*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] Select the county and cemetery.
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'''More cemetery lists'''
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/ALL/cem/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List]
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/arkansas/index.html DeathIndexes.com]
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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, Monroe|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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**Also [[Monroe County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities and Towns|check towns]] for records
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*[http://worldcat.org/search?q=M0nroe+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search World Cat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Monroe County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
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==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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{{AR Church Intro}}
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===== Presbyterian  =====
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'''Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Clarendon'''
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*'''1869-1885''' - Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Clarendon Baptism Index 1869-1885. Batch {{IGI|C586751}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1885-1915''' - Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Clarendon Marriage Index 1885-1915. Batch {{IGI|M586751}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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'''First Presbyterian Church, Clarendon'''
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*'''1870-1885''' - First Presbyterian Church, Clarendon Baptism Index 1870-1885. Batch {{IGI|C586761}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1904-1909''' - First Presbyterian Church, Clarendon Marriage Index 1904-1909. Batch {{IGI|M586761}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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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-VNR%3A353226001%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1839-1949] Monroe 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 and letters 1861-1899; Dockets 1873-1888; Executor records 1865-1945; Guardian bonds and letters 1866-1894; Letters of administration and guardianship 1877-1899; Probate records 1839-1890; Wills 1830-1949.
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
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{{AR Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{AR History Intro}}
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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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* Various Indian groups including the Quapaw, the Plum Bayou Culture, and the Hopewell Culture have lived in the area that became Monroe County for 100s of years.
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* 1799 - Europeans had already arrived in what became Monroe County by 1799 when Antoine Tessier and Joseph de Plasse, thought to be hunters and trappers, were living at the mouth of the Cache River.
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* 1815 October -  Federal surveyors Prospect Robbins and Joseph Brown came to Arkansas to begin the survey of the Louisiana Purchase by establishing the initial survey point or base line.
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* 1829 November 2 - Monroe County was establishhed.
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* 1870-1930 - From about 1870 to about 1930, the timber business became important for much of the county as lumber mills were established around the county
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* 1900s - Two natural disasters between 1900 and 1930 devastated large sections of the county. First was a massive tornado on March 8, 1909,. Second was the Flood of 1927.
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* 1920-2010 - The population of Monroe County peaked at 21,600 in 1920 and has dropped to 8,149 today (2010).
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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===== Civil War  =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[13th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|13th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]
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:- [[15th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Josey's) (Confederate)|15th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Josey's) (Confederate)]]
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==== Naturalization  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{AR Newspapers|Monroe}}
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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-VNR%3A353226001%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1839-1949] Monroe 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 and letters 1861-1899; Dockets 1873-1888; Executor records 1865-1945; Guardian bonds and letters 1866-1894; Letters of administration and guardianship 1877-1899; Probate records 1839-1890; Wills 1830-1949.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AR Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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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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*'''1850-1951''' - Monroe County Marriage Books B-Z, CC-HH Index 1850-1951 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>
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*'''1850-1922''' - Monroe County Marriage Books B, D-T Index 1850-1922 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 https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf.</ref>
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===== Death  =====
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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]
  
 
Monroe County Library<br>270 Madison St<br>Clarendon, AR 72029<br>(870) 747-5593  
 
Monroe County Library<br>270 Madison St<br>Clarendon, AR 72029<br>(870) 747-5593  
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Monroe|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=Monroe+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=monroe+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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==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="30%" | [http://www.argenweb.net/monroe/ 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://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/monroe/monroe.html USGenWeb Archives]
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Monroe/ RootsWeb resources]
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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="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Monroe/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/monroe/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/mionroe-county/ StateofUS]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.<br>
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*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Monroe|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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|width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/monroe/ genealogy.com]
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Monroe/ Monroe County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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|width="70%" | Monroe County, AR Genealogy Forum
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|width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties.monroe/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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|width="70%" | Monroe County Message Board
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== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 16:57, 18 March 2015

United States Gotoarrow.png Arkansas Gotoarrow.png Monroe County

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

Arkansas State with State Seal.png Arkansas
Online Records


Monroe County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Monroe County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 2, 1829
County Seat Clarendon
Courthouse
Address Monroe County Courthouse
123 Madison Street
Clarendon, AR 72029-2794
Phone: 870.747.3921

Contents

County Courthouse

Monroe County Courthouse
123 Madison Street
Clarendon, AR 72029-2794
Phone: 870.747.3921

County Clerk has marriage records from 1850 and probate records from 1839; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records from 1839, court records from 1830 and land records from 1829.[1]

Beginning years for Monroe County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1850 1914* 1830 1829 1839
*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

  • 1829--Monroe County was created 2 November 1829 from Phillips and Arkansas Counties.

County seat: Clarendon [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

Arkansas  • Lee  • Phillips  • Prairie  • St. Francis  • Woodruff

Monroe CountyWhite CountyWoodruff CountyCross CountySt. Francis CountyLee CountyPhillips CountyLonoke CountyPulaski CountyJefferson CountyBolivar CountySunflower CountyCoahoma CountyArkansas CountyTunica CountyQuitman CountyPrairie CountyTallahatchie CountyLincoln CountyDesha CountyLeflore CountyCleveland CountyGrenada CountyCrittenden CountyCarroll CountyWebster CountyCalhoun CountyYalobusha CountyTate CountyDeSoto CountyMarshall CountyPanola CountyLafayette CountyMontgomery CountyUnion CountyShelby CountyFayette CountyHardeman CountyPontotoc CountyBenton CountyARMonroe1.JPG


Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Online Monroe County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Monroe 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, change the name, then "Search"
  • Billion Graves Change the name, then "Search" (Statewide, many counties nil)
  • ARGenWeb Select a county, then "Cemeteries." Some overlap with USGenWeb.

More cemetery lists

Census

Church Records

Contents of church records depend upon the beliefs of the church. They may give: a member's dates of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information, maiden name; and death date. For more information, see Arkansas Church Records.

See also [[{{{1}}} County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities and Towns|Cities and Towns]] to find records listed at the town level in the FamilySearch Catalog.

Presbyterian

Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Clarendon

  • 1869-1885 - Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Clarendon Baptism Index 1869-1885. Batch C586751 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1885-1915 - Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Clarendon Marriage Index 1885-1915. Batch M586751 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

First Presbyterian Church, Clarendon

  • 1870-1885 - First Presbyterian Church, Clarendon Baptism Index 1870-1885. Batch C586761 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1904-1909 - First Presbyterian Church, Clarendon Marriage Index 1904-1909. Batch M586761 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

Court

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1839-1949 Monroe County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 : Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration bonds and letters 1861-1899; Dockets 1873-1888; Executor records 1865-1945; Guardian bonds and letters 1866-1894; Letters of administration and guardianship 1877-1899; Probate records 1839-1890; Wills 1830-1949.

Genealogy

Land and Property

Land and property records can 1) place an ancestor in a specific location, 2) provide economic information, 3) reveal family relationships, and more.

The county has copies of deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, and more recorded by individuals. See Arkansas Land and Property for online collections of transfers from the government.

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]

  • Various Indian groups including the Quapaw, the Plum Bayou Culture, and the Hopewell Culture have lived in the area that became Monroe County for 100s of years.
  • 1799 - Europeans had already arrived in what became Monroe County by 1799 when Antoine Tessier and Joseph de Plasse, thought to be hunters and trappers, were living at the mouth of the Cache River.
  • 1815 October - Federal surveyors Prospect Robbins and Joseph Brown came to Arkansas to begin the survey of the Louisiana Purchase by establishing the initial survey point or base line.
  • 1829 November 2 - Monroe County was establishhed.
  • 1870-1930 - From about 1870 to about 1930, the timber business became important for much of the county as lumber mills were established around the county
  • 1900s - Two natural disasters between 1900 and 1930 devastated large sections of the county. First was a massive tornado on March 8, 1909,. Second was the Flood of 1927.
  • 1920-2010 - The population of Monroe County peaked at 21,600 in 1920 and has dropped to 8,149 today (2010).

Maps

Military

Civil War

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


- 13th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 15th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Josey's) (Confederate)

Naturalization

Newspapers

Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Monroe 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 1839-1949 Monroe County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 : Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration bonds and letters 1861-1899; Dockets 1873-1888; Executor records 1865-1945; Guardian bonds and letters 1866-1894; Letters of administration and guardianship 1877-1899; Probate records 1839-1890; Wills 1830-1949.

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

Monroe County Library
270 Madison St
Clarendon, AR 72029
(870) 747-5593

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Monroe 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 Monroe 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 Monroe County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Monroe County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Monroe 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. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 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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