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''[[United States|United States ]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Arkansas|Arkansas]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''St. Francis County'''  
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''[[United States|United States ]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''St. Francis County'''  
  
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Guide to '''St. Francis County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
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| county = St. Francis County
 
| county = St. Francis County
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| county_map = Ar-st-francis.png
 
| county_map = Ar-st-francis.png
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| state = Arkansas
 
| state = Arkansas
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| state_map = Arkansas.png  
 
| state_map = Arkansas.png  
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| founded year = 1827
 
| founded year = 1827
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| founded date = October 13
 
| founded date = October 13
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| seat wl = Forrest City
 
| seat wl = Forrest City
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| building address = [http://www.arkansasties.com/StFrancis/StFrancis.htm Saint Francis County Courthouse]<br>313 S Izard Street<br>Forrest City, AR 72335-3856<br>Phone: 870-261-1715
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.arkansasties.com/StFrancis/StFrancis.htm Saint Francis County Courthouse]<br>313 S Izard Street<br>Forrest City, AR 72335-3856<br>Phone: 870-261-1715  
 
[http://www.arkansasties.com/StFrancis/StFrancis.htm Saint Francis County Courthouse]<br>313 S Izard Street<br>Forrest City, AR 72335-3856<br>Phone: 870-261-1715  
  
County Clerk has marriage records from 1875, <br>probate records from 1910 and tax records; <br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 70.</ref>  
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County Clerk has marriage records from 1875, probate records from 1910 and tax records; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 70.</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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*[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/AR_St.Francis.htm PublicRecords.com] (unofficial site) Provides links to County officials and public records.
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
When St. Francis County was formed in 1827 the county seat was temporariliy located in the home of William Strong, a prominant citizen, until it could be moved to the new town of Franklin. It remained in Franklin until 1840 when it was moved to Madison. In 1855 it was moved to Mt. Vernon. In 1856 the courthouse burned and the county seat was moved back to Madison until 1874 when a vote was taken to move once again to the rapidly expanding Forrest City that began as a railroad construction camp for Nathan Bedford Forrest.<ref>History of St. Francis County, Arkansas 1954, Fred N. McCollum Sr., Publisher, Robert W. Chowning, Author, Published by the Times-Herald Publishing Company, Forrest City, Arkansas, 1954 pp. 8 and 10. Copy in the Arkansas Room, Forrest City Public Library.</ref><br>  
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When St. Francis County was formed in 1827 the county seat was temporarily located in the home of William Strong, a prominent citizen, until it could be moved to the new town of Franklin. It remained in Franklin until 1840 when it was moved to Madison. In 1855 it was moved to Mt. Vernon. In 1856 the courthouse burned and the county seat was moved back to Madison until 1874 when a vote was taken to move once again to the rapidly expanding Forrest City that began as a railroad construction camp for Nathan Bedford Forrest.<ref>History of St. Francis County, Arkansas 1954, Fred N. McCollum Sr., Publisher, Robert W. Chowning, Author, Published by the Times-Herald Publishing Company, Forrest City, Arkansas, 1954 pp. 8 and 10. Copy in the Arkansas Room, Forrest City Public Library.</ref><br>  
  
After the original frame courthouse in Forrest City burned in 1874 a brick building was constructed that was used until the current building was built. Many of the earlier record books in the current courthouse are laminated derivitives and a number of originals are stored at the St. Francis County Museum, 603 Front Street, Forrest City, Arkansas.  
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After the original frame courthouse in Forrest City burned in 1874 a brick building was constructed that was used until the current building was built. Many of the earlier record books in the current courthouse are laminated derivatives and a number of originals are stored at the St. Francis County Museum, 603 Front Street, Forrest City, Arkansas.  
 
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== Pioneer Times  ==
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/IZARD.html Pioneer Time in St.Francis County Arkansas]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/FAMILY/FAMILY.html Early Families]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/TimesTitle.html Early Newspapers]
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*'''1827--'''St. Francis was created 13 October 1827&nbsp;from [[Phillips County, Arkansas|Phillips]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Forrest City <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1827--'''St. Francis was created 13 October 1827&nbsp;from [[Phillips County, Arkansas Genealogy|Phillips]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Forrest City <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== 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.
  
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/Arkhis.html ST.Francis County History]
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/Arkhis.html ST.Francis County History]
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==== Variant Spellings  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
The county records have been burned three times. The first time was in Mt. Vernon in 1856. During the War Between the States the records were moved to a frame home in the woods. The woods caught fire and the home and records burned. After the records were moved from the brick courthouse in Madison in 1874 to a frame building in Forrest City, they were burned again, ostensibly by someone trying to destroy criminal evidence.<ref>History of St. Francis County, Arkansas 1954, ibid.</ref>&nbsp;
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The county records have been burned three times. The first time was in Mt. Vernon in 1856. During the War Between the States the records were moved to a frame home in the woods. The woods caught fire and the home and records burned. After the records were moved from the brick courthouse in Madison in 1874 to a frame building in Forrest City, they were burned again, ostensibly by someone trying to destroy criminal evidence.<ref>History of St. Francis County, Arkansas 1954, ibid.</ref>  
  
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Some deeds have been reconstructed back to the 1860's, but most county records begin in 1873 or 1874.
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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]
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== Places/Localities  ==
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''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, St. Francis, Cache Township|place|disp=Cache Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, St. Francis, Forrest City|place|disp=Forrest City}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, St. Francis, Palestine|place|disp=Palestine}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, St. Francis, Wheatley|place|disp=Wheatley}}
  
Some deeds have been reconstructed back to the 1860's, but most county records begin in 1873 or 1874. &nbsp;
 
  
== Places / Localities  ==
 
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Crittenden County, Arkansas|Crittenden]]  
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[[Crittenden County, Arkansas Genealogy|Crittenden]] {{•}} [[Cross County, Arkansas Genealogy|Cross]] {{•}} [[Lee County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lee]] {{•}} [[Monroe County, Arkansas Genealogy|Monroe]] {{•}} [[Woodruff County, Arkansas Genealogy|Woodruff]]  
*[[Cross County, Arkansas|Cross]]  
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<center>{{ARStFrancis County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Lee County, Arkansas|Lee]]  
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*[[Monroe County, Arkansas|Monroe]]  
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*[[Woodruff County, Arkansas|Woodruff]]
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== Resources  ==
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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==== Research Guides ====
  
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/Cemeteries.html List of Cemeteries]
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==== African Americans  ====
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:*1867-1868 — ''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VRS-7M3%3A1076660302%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Madison] at [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only; Register of contracts, narative reports, letters
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biographies  ====
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*All of the [http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/arkansas-counties/st-francis-county-arkansas-genealogy-biographies.asp family biographies from St. Francis County, Arkansas] included in The Biographical and Historical Memoirs of St. Francis County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890 are available free online at My Genealogy Hound.
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==== Cemeteries ====
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| bgcolor="#EAC7FE" colspan="3" | <center>'''Online St. Francis 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 St. Francis 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=154&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=56 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=154 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=56 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/index.htm Interment.net] As of  Dec. 23, 2014 no information.
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/st-francis-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/stfrancis/stfrancis.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/stfrancis.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/cemetery.htm ARGenWeb]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arcemete/stfrancis/stfrancis.htm RootsWeb]
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*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] No cemeteries listed.
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'''More cemetery lists'''
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Saint_Francis/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/st-francis/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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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=194691&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Arkansas%2C%20St.%20Francis%22 FamilySearch Records] Select "Cemeteries"
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**Also [[St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities and Towns|check towns]] for records
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=St.+Francis+county+Arkansas&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy#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-K66%3A353225401%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1862-1949] St. Frances 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 and guardian settlements 1865-1899; Administration bonds 1862-1892; Appraisements 1881-1944; Claims against estates 1865-1905; Executor bonds 1876-1949; Guardian bonds and letters 1887-1908; Probate records 1865-1886; Wills 1865-1931.
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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}}<br>
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/IZARD.html Pioneer Time in St.Francis County Arkansas]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/FAMILY/FAMILY.html Early Families]
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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]
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
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*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/arkansas-maps/ar-st-francis-county-arkansas-1889-map.html Map of 1889 St. Francis County, Arkansas] (My Genealogy Hound)
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/VET/VET.htm Veterans of St. Francis County]
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/VET/VET.htm Veterans of St. Francis County]
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===== Civil War  =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Company G
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==== Naturalization  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
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{{AR Newspapers|St.+Francis}}&nbsp;
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/TimesTitle.html Early Newspapers]
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/News.html Newspapers]
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/News.html Newspapers]
  
==== Probate  ====
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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-K66%3A353225401%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1862-1949] St. Frances 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 and guardian settlements 1865-1899; Administration bonds 1862-1892; Appraisements 1881-1944; Claims against estates 1865-1905; Executor bonds 1876-1949; Guardian bonds and letters 1887-1908; Probate records 1865-1886; Wills 1865-1931.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AR Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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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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*'''1875-1923''' - St. Francis County Marriage Books D-N Index 1875-1923 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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*'''1875-1951''' - St. Francis County Marriage Books D-X Index 1875-1951 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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===== Death  =====
  
 
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/ar/stfrancis/webbbs_config.pl St. Francis County, Arkansas Obituary Collection] From GenealogyBuff.com ~ Free. From Various Funeral Homes in Forrest City, Hughes, Madison, Palestine, Wheatley, Widener, Caldwell, and Colt.
 
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/ar/stfrancis/webbbs_config.pl St. Francis County, Arkansas Obituary Collection] From GenealogyBuff.com ~ Free. From Various Funeral Homes in Forrest City, Hughes, Madison, Palestine, Wheatley, Widener, Caldwell, and Colt.
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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===== Vital Record Substitutes =====
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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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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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, St. Francis|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=St+Francis+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=st+francis+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 ====
  
 
*[[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="30%" | [http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/ 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/stfrancis/stfrancis.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="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/StFrancis/ 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/Saint_Francis/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/st-francis/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/st-francis-county/ StateofUS]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=st.+francis+county%2C+arkansas WorldCat]
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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=st+francis+county%2C+arkansas&image.x=0&image.y=0 Allen County Public Library]
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| width="30%" | [http://www.ark-ives.com/documenting/county_records.aspx Arkansas History Commission]
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|width="30%"|[http://geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ GeneaBloggers]
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|width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties.stfrancis/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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Latest revision as of 17:29, 18 March 2015

United States Gotoarrow.pngArkansasGotoarrow.png St. Francis County

Guide to St. Francis 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


St. Francis County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting St. Francis County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded October 13, 1827
County Seat Forrest City
Courthouse
Address Saint Francis County Courthouse
313 S Izard Street
Forrest City, AR 72335-3856
Phone: 870-261-1715


Contents

County Courthouse

Saint Francis County Courthouse
313 S Izard Street
Forrest City, AR 72335-3856
Phone: 870-261-1715

County Clerk has marriage records from 1875, probate records from 1910 and tax records; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.[1]

Beginning years for St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1875 1914* 1872 1860 1910
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Government and Related Websites

  • PublicRecords.com (unofficial site) Provides links to County officials and public records.

History

When St. Francis County was formed in 1827 the county seat was temporarily located in the home of William Strong, a prominent citizen, until it could be moved to the new town of Franklin. It remained in Franklin until 1840 when it was moved to Madison. In 1855 it was moved to Mt. Vernon. In 1856 the courthouse burned and the county seat was moved back to Madison until 1874 when a vote was taken to move once again to the rapidly expanding Forrest City that began as a railroad construction camp for Nathan Bedford Forrest.[3]

After the original frame courthouse in Forrest City burned in 1874 a brick building was constructed that was used until the current building was built. Many of the earlier record books in the current courthouse are laminated derivatives and a number of originals are stored at the St. Francis County Museum, 603 Front Street, Forrest City, Arkansas.

Parent County

  • 1827--St. Francis was created 13 October 1827 from Phillips County.  County seat: Forrest City [4]

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

The county records have been burned three times. The first time was in Mt. Vernon in 1856. During the War Between the States the records were moved to a frame home in the woods. The woods caught fire and the home and records burned. After the records were moved from the brick courthouse in Madison in 1874 to a frame building in Forrest City, they were burned again, ostensibly by someone trying to destroy criminal evidence.[5]

Some deeds have been reconstructed back to the 1860's, but most county records begin in 1873 or 1874.

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

Crittenden  • Cross  • Lee  • Monroe  • Woodruff

St. Francis CountyCross CountyCrittendenCountyWoodruff CountyPrairie CountyLee CountyWhite CountyPhillips CountyMonroe CountyJackson CountyArkansas CountyTunica CountyDeSoto CountyCoahoma CountyShelby CountyARStFrancis.JPG

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

Online St. Francis County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in St. Francis 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.

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.

Court

Genealogy

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1862-1949 St. Frances County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration and guardian settlements 1865-1899; Administration bonds 1862-1892; Appraisements 1881-1944; Claims against estates 1865-1905; Executor bonds 1876-1949; Guardian bonds and letters 1887-1908; Probate records 1865-1886; Wills 1865-1931.

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]

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in St. Francis 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 St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy:


- 18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company G

Naturalization

Newspapers

Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as St. Francis 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 1862-1949 St. Frances County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration and guardian settlements 1865-1899; Administration bonds 1862-1892; Appraisements 1881-1944; Claims against estates 1865-1905; Executor bonds 1876-1949; Guardian bonds and letters 1887-1908; Probate records 1865-1886; Wills 1865-1931.

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

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of St. Francis 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
Sites that search for links pertaining to St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy
RootsWeb resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
Arkansas History Commission AR state agency involved in organizing and maintaining state and local history of AR
See also local libraries and Arkansas Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy
GeneaBloggers enter "arkansas" in the search box to see a list and links to Arkansas Blogs
Google+ list of groups from "arkansas genealogy" search
Facebook list of groups from "Arkansas Genealogy" search
genealogy.com St. Francis County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com St. Francis County Message Board

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 70.
  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. History of St. Francis County, Arkansas 1954, Fred N. McCollum Sr., Publisher, Robert W. Chowning, Author, Published by the Times-Herald Publishing Company, Forrest City, Arkansas, 1954 pp. 8 and 10. Copy in the Arkansas Room, Forrest City Public Library.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. History of St. Francis County, Arkansas 1954, ibid.
  6. 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.
  7. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.

 

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