Bradley County, Arkansas Genealogy

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

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Bradley County, Arkansas
Map of Arkansas highlighting Bradley County
Location in the state of Arkansas
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Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Founded December 18, 1840
County Seat Warren
Address Bradley County Courthouse
101 E Cedar Street
Warren, AR 71671
Phone: 870.226.3464

County Courthouse

Bradley County Courthouse
101 E Cedar Street
Warren, AR 71671
Phone: 870.226.3464

County Clerk has marriage records from 1846 and probate records from 1850; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court, court and land records.[1]

Beginning years for Bradley County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1846 1914* 1841 1841 1850
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Government and Related Websites

County Government and other Local Websites (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 (unofficial site) Provides links to County officials and public records


Parent County

  • 1840--Bradley County was created 18 December 1840 from Union County. County seat: Warren [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 website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.thouses]


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Ashley  • Calhoun  • Cleveland  • Drew  • Union

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History Timeline

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Bradley County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.[4]

  • 1686 - The first French permanent settlement, Arkansas Post, was set up by Henri de Tonti.
  • 1763 - The Treaty of Paris marked the end of the French-Indian War and of French imperialism in North America.
  • 1801 - Spain surrendered control of Louisiana Territory to France.
  • 1803 - France sold the Louisiana Territory to the United States.
  • 1803 - The United States government purchased over 800,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River from France in the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1900-1910 - Warren, the county seat, became home to three large milling operations and as a result of the lumber business, Warren’s population doubled

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Online Bradley County, Arkansas cemeteries
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Search for names of people
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  • 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


Church Records



  • Probate Records 1841-1933 Bradley County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Dockets 1880-1907; Guardian bonds and letters; Letters of administration 1841-1858; Probate records 1841-1880; Wills 1860-1933


Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for {{{1}}} County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. Click for a brief Timeline History of the county. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

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



Civil War

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

- 2nd Battalion, Arkansas Calvalry (Confederate) , Company B
- 6th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate) , Company A
- 8th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 20th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 26th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company D

Men from this county served in the 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[5], Company C

Online Records



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


Probate Records

Online Probate Records


Vital Records

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Bradley County, Arkansas Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. For towns, click here.
WorldCat Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
Arkansas History Commission Select the county Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
Local libraries and Arkansas Archives and Libraries may suggest other catalogs

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Bradley County Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 837
Warren, AR 71671

  • The website contains some County bibliography's,Obituaries, Cemetery, Census, Court, Land records and a link to Ancestry and more.


Sites with online indexes or images of records
ARGenWeb ] Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
RootsWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Bradley County, Arkansas Genealogy
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($) Free family history resources and government records

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  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 66.
  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. Bill Norman, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, ([1] : accessed January 11, 2016), “Bradley County.”
  5. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas : Arkansas Research, c1987), pp. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  7. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.