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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Perry_County,_Arkansas|Perry County]]''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Perry_County,_Arkansas|Perry County]]'' [[Image:{{ARPerrySouth}}]]
  
Guide to '''Perry County Arkansas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Perry County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br><br>
  
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| building address = [http://www.arkansasties.com/Perry/Structures/CourtHouse.htm Perry County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 358; <br>Perryville, AR 72126-0358<br>Phone: 501.889.5126 <br>
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.arkansasties.com/Perry/Structures/CourtHouse.htm Perry County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 358; <br>Perryville, AR 72126-0358<br>Phone: 501.889.5126 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate <br>and land records from 1882<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/Perry/Structures/CourtHouse.htm Perry County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 358; <br>Perryville, AR 72126-0358<br>Phone: 501.889.5126 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and land records from 1882.<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=Perry 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_Perry.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  ====
  
*'''1840--'''Perry County was created 18&nbsp;December 1840&nbsp;from [[Conway County, Arkansas|Conway]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;''' Perryville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1840--'''Perry County was created 18 December 1840 from [[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy|Conway]] County. '''County seat: ''' Perryville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
See an interactive map of Perry County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes].  
 
See an interactive map of Perry County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes].  
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==== Variant Spellings  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Perry, Houston|place|disp=Houston}}
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Conway County, Arkansas|Conway]]  
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[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy|Conway]] {{•}} [[Faulkner County, Arkansas Genealogy|Faulkner]] {{•}} [[Garland County, Arkansas Genealogy|Garland]] {{•}} [[Pulaski County, Arkansas Genealogy|Pulaski]] {{•}} [[Saline County, Arkansas Genealogy|Saline]] {{•}} [[Yell County, Arkansas Genealogy|Yell]] {{•}}
*[[Faulkner County, Arkansas|Faulkner]]  
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<center>{{AR Perry  County, Arkansas  Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Garland County, Arkansas|Garland]]  
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*[[Pulaski County, Arkansas|Pulaski]]  
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*[[Saline County, Arkansas|Saline]]  
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*[[Yell County, Arkansas|Yell]]
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== Resources  ==
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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==== Research Guides ====
  
==== Church  ====
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==== African Americans  ====
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biographies<br>  ====
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*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/arkansas-counties/perry-county-arkansas-genealogy-biographies.asp Family Biographies from The History of Perry County, Arkansas] (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.<br>
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====Cemeteries====
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{{AR Cems Chart Headings|Perry}}
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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=145&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=41 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=145 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=41 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/perry.htm Interment.net]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/perry-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/perry/perry.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/perry.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/perry.html ARGenWeb] Select a county, then "Cemeteries." Some overlap with USGenWeb. ( no list of cemeteries found)
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/perry/perry.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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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ar/ African American Cemeteries Online] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
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'''More cemetery lists'''
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Perry/cem/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/perry/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, Perry|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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**Also [[Perry County, Arkansas#Places/Localities|check towns]] for records
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Perry+county+Arkansas=Perry+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Arkansas Societies|Societies]]
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==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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{{AR Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
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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-V6F%3A353223501%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1882-1955] Perry 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 1882-1905; Appraisements 1882-1910; Dockets 1882-1893; Guardian Bonds 1882-1905; Inventories 1882-1944; Letters of administration 1882-1943; Probate records 1882-1902; Wills 1890-1995.
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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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*Womack, Patsy. ''Living the times : 1776-1976, a Bicentennial tribute to Perry County''. Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2014.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE3744876 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free)
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*'''''Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pulaski, Jefferson, Lonoke, Faulkner, Grant, Saline, Perry, Garland, and Hot Spring Counties, Arkansas'''''. Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7169 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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* Despite its central location in the state of Arkansas, the mountains and watercourses made early settlement difficult.
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* 1808 - Aaron Price, the first recorded white settler in the area, is purported to have settled on the Fourche La Fave River eight to nine miles downstream from present-day Perryville
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* 1840 December 18 - Perry County was created from Pulaski, Conway, Hot Spring, and Yell counties.
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* 1879 March 3 - Perry County petitioned Congress in 1875 for an appropriation to improve navigation on the Fourche La Fave River. The act was approved on March 3, 1879
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* 1879 - German Catholic families settled in east Perry County, naming their community New Dixie.
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* 1912 - African American families settled in the Toad Suck community, also known as Redemption
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* 1912-1914 - Several Lithuanian families immigrated to the United States from 1904 to 1910 because of the Russo-Japanese War and settled near Bigelow.
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* 1915 - A group of Italian immigrants arrived in the east end of the county, bringing their wine-making skills to a region of Perry County that resembled Italy.
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* 1930s - The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) employed local citizens for their many county work projects. This encouraged people to stay in the area.
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* 1930s (late)-1940s (early) - Migration to California to find work  was so extensive that the region around Fresno and Dinub in California became known as “Little Perry County.”
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/arkansas-maps/ar-perry-county-arkansas-1889-map.html Map of 1889 Perry County, Arkansas] with numerous small settlements. (My Genealogy Hound)<br>
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
===== ''Civil War'' =====
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===== Civil War  =====
  
Men from this county served in the [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)]]<sup>1&nbsp;</sup>.<br>
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{{VAciv}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1. Allen, Desmond Walls. ''The Third Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry'' (Union) Infantry (Arkansas Research: Conway, Arkansas,1987).<br>  
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]], Company B
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:- [[10th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|10th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]],
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:- [[20th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|20th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Company F
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)]]<ref>Desmond Walls Allen, ''Third Arkansas Union Cavalry,'' (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. {{FHL|664007|item|disp=FHL book 976.7 M28dc}}</ref>, Companies B and C
  
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==== Naturalization  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{AR Newspapers|Perry}}
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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-V6F%3A353223501%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1882-1955] Perry 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 1882-1905; Appraisements 1882-1910; Dockets 1882-1893; Guardian Bonds 1882-1905; Inventories 1882-1944; Letters of administration 1882-1943; Probate records 1882-1902; Wills 1890-1995.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AR Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{AR Vital Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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===== Birth  =====
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1881-1922''' - Perry County Marriage Index 1881-1922 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/d/d7/Arkansasnz.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1882-1960''' - Perry County Marriage Books A-G and 17 Index 1882-1960 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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===== Death  =====
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===== Vital Record Substitutes  =====
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== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Perry|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=Perry+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=perry+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 ====
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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====Societies====
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arrvgs/main_page.htm?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0001231185&o_lid=0001231185&o_sch=Affiliate+External River Valley Genealogy Society] Researchers interested in CONWAY, FAULKNER, PERRY, POPE, YELL AND VAN BUREN COUNTIES.<br>
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Farm Bureau Building<br>
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201 E. Shady Lane<br>
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Morrilton, Arkansas
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*Website has a list of researched Surnames and recommended links.
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="30%" | [http://www.argenweb.net/perry/ 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/perry/perry.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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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://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Perry/ 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/Perry/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/perry/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-counties/Perry 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.  
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*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Perry|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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|width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/perry/ genealogy.com]
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Perry/ Perry County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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|width="70%" | Perry County, AR Genealogy Forum
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|width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties.perry/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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|width="70%" | Perry County Message Board
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== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 23:24, 19 February 2015

United States Gotoarrow.png Arkansas Gotoarrow.png Perry County
The South Fourche LaFave River, Ouachita Mountains, Perry CO., Arkansas

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

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Arkansas State with State Seal.png Arkansas
Online Records
Perry County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Perry County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 18, 1840
County Seat Perryville
Courthouse
Address Perry County Courthouse
PO Box 358;
Perryville, AR 72126-0358
Phone: 501.889.5126


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County Courthouse

Perry County Courthouse
PO Box 358;
Perryville, AR 72126-0358
Phone: 501.889.5126

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and land records from 1882.[1]

Beginning years for Perry County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1882 1914* 1882 1882 1882
*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

  • 1840--Perry County was created 18 December 1840 from Conway County. County seat: Perryville [3]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Perry County boundary changes.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Conway  • Faulkner  • Garland  • Pulaski  • Saline  • Yell  •

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

Online Perry County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Perry 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 Select a county, then "Cemeteries." Some overlap with USGenWeb. ( no list of cemeteries found)

More cemetery lists

Census

Church Records

Church records vary greatly, depending upon the the record keepers and 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 Cities and Towns to find records listed at the town level in the FamilySearch Catalog.

Court

Genealogy

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1882-1955 Perry County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration bonds 1882-1905; Appraisements 1882-1910; Dockets 1882-1893; Guardian Bonds 1882-1905; Inventories 1882-1944; Letters of administration 1882-1943; Probate records 1882-1902; Wills 1890-1995.

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.

After land was transferred to private ownership, transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse in the form of deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, and others.

See Arkansas Land and Property for more about online collections and early Arkansas land grants and patents from the government to private ownership.

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.

  • Womack, Patsy. Living the times : 1776-1976, a Bicentennial tribute to Perry County. Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2014.
  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pulaski, Jefferson, Lonoke, Faulkner, Grant, Saline, Perry, Garland, and Hot Spring Counties, Arkansas. Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. 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]

  • Despite its central location in the state of Arkansas, the mountains and watercourses made early settlement difficult.
  • 1808 - Aaron Price, the first recorded white settler in the area, is purported to have settled on the Fourche La Fave River eight to nine miles downstream from present-day Perryville
  • 1840 December 18 - Perry County was created from Pulaski, Conway, Hot Spring, and Yell counties.
  • 1879 March 3 - Perry County petitioned Congress in 1875 for an appropriation to improve navigation on the Fourche La Fave River. The act was approved on March 3, 1879
  • 1879 - German Catholic families settled in east Perry County, naming their community New Dixie.
  • 1912 - African American families settled in the Toad Suck community, also known as Redemption
  • 1912-1914 - Several Lithuanian families immigrated to the United States from 1904 to 1910 because of the Russo-Japanese War and settled near Bigelow.
  • 1915 - A group of Italian immigrants arrived in the east end of the county, bringing their wine-making skills to a region of Perry County that resembled Italy.
  • 1930s - The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) employed local citizens for their many county work projects. This encouraged people to stay in the area.
  • 1930s (late)-1940s (early) - Migration to California to find work was so extensive that the region around Fresno and Dinub in California became known as “Little Perry County.”

Maps

Military

Civil War

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


- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Company B
- 10th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate),
- 20th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[4], Companies B and C

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

Occupations

Probate Records

Probate records of Arkansas have been kept by the probate or county courts. See Arkansas Probate Records for more information about Probate records in Arkansas, including statewide indexes.

  • Probate Records 1882-1955 Perry County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration bonds 1882-1905; Appraisements 1882-1910; Dockets 1882-1893; Guardian Bonds 1882-1905; Inventories 1882-1944; Letters of administration 1882-1943; Probate records 1882-1902; Wills 1890-1995.

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 How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Death
Vital Record Substitutes


Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Perry 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

Societies

River Valley Genealogy Society Researchers interested in CONWAY, FAULKNER, PERRY, POPE, YELL AND VAN BUREN COUNTIES.
Farm Bureau Building
201 E. Shady Lane
Morrilton, Arkansas

  • Website has a list of researched Surnames and recommended links.

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 Perry 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 Perry County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Perry County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Perry 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. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d7/Arkansasnz.pdf.
  6. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.

 

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