Calhoun County, Arkansas Genealogy

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

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Calhoun County, Arkansas
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Location in the state of Arkansas
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Founded December 6, 1850
County Seat Hampton
Address Calhoun County Courthouse
Main Street
Hampton, AR 71744
Phone: 870.798.2517
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County Courthouse

Calhoun County Courthouse
Main Street
Hampton, AR 71744
Phone: 870.798.2517

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1851, divorce, probate and court records from 1880.[1]

Beginning years for Calhoun County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1851 1914* 1880 1851 1880
*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

  • 1850--Calhoun County was created 6 December 1850 from Dallas and Ouachita Counties. County seat: Hampton [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.


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog: none as of 10/2014

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Bradley  • Cleveland  • Dallas  • Ouachita  • 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 Calhoun County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [4]

  • Pre 1800 - French-Canadian hunters, trappers, and traders were probably the first Europeans to visit the area.
  • 1804 - William Dunbar and George Hunter were officially the first American citizens to visit what is now Calhoun County with their exploration of the Red, Black, and Ouachita rivers.
  • 1800-1840 - Settlers from other states began to arrive. Many families from Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee chose this area. to settle.
  • 1861-1874 - With over 400 soldiers from the county involved in the Civil War, farming, commerce, and immigration almost came to a standstill.
  • 1880s - The county did not recover economically until the St. Louis and Southwestern Railroad, passed through the northwestern corner of the county.
  • 1920s - The population reached a peak never to be surpassed.

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Online Calhoun County, Arkansas cemeteries
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Church Records



  • Probate Records 1851-1936 Calhoun 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 records 1861-1936; Claims against estates 1851-1899; Minutes 1851-1911; Probate records 1851-1911.


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.

  • History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas. Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co.1889.
  • Russell, Jesse Lewis. Behind these Ozark hills : history - reminiscences - traditions featuring the author's family, biographical sketches of outstanding descendants of pioneers. New York, New York : Hobson Book Press, 1947.
  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890. Online at: ($)



Civil War

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

- 2nd Battalion, Arkansas Calvalry (Confederate) , Company A
- 6th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)

Online Records



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Probate Records

Online Probate Records


Vital Records

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Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Calhoun 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.


Sites with online indexes or images of records
ARGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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Sites that search for links pertaining to Calhoun County, Arkansas Genealogy
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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. Carolyn Stratton Cox, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, ([1] : accessed January 11, 2016), “Calhoun County.”
  5. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at