Faulkner County, Arkansas Genealogy

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

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Online Records

Faulkner County, Arkansas
Map of Arkansas highlighting Faulkner County
Location in the state of Arkansas
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Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Founded April 12, 1873
County Seat Conway
Address Faulkner County Courthouse
801 Locust Street;
Conway, AR 72032
Phone: 501.450.4910

County Courthouse

Faulkner County Courthouse
801 Locust Street;
Conway, AR 72032
Phone: 501.450.4910

County Clerk has marriage, probate and court records from 1873.[1]

Beginning years for Faulkner County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1873 1914* 1873 1873 1873
*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


Parent County

  • 1873--Faulkner County was created 12 April 1873 from Pulaski and Conway Counties.  County seat: Conway [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps" (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

Despite a courthouse fire, no record loss was reported.


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Cleburne • Conway  • Lonoke  • Perry  • Pulaski  • Van Buren  • White

Faulkner CountyWhite CountyPrairie CountyLonoke CountyPulaski CountySaline CountyPerry CountyConway CountyVan Buren CountyCleburne CountyJackson CountyWoodruff CountyMonroe CountyArkansas CountyJefferson CountyGrant CountyHot Spring CountyGarland CountyPope CountyNewton CountySearcy CountyStone CountyIndependence CountyARFaulkner.JPG

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 Faulkner County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [4]

  • 1722 - The first European explorers in the area were the group traveling with Jean-Baptiste Bénard de La Harpe, who traveled up the Arkansas River from Arkansas Post (Arkansas County).
  • 1818-1828 - The northwest section of Faulkner County was included in a Cherokee reservation.
  • 1834 - Many Native Americans died from cholera and were buried in Cadron in early 1834. Fear of the disease caused many settlers to abandon Cadron; no community now exists in that location.
  • 1873 April 12 - Faulkner County was one of nine counties established by the Republican state legislature during Reconstruction.
  • 1878 - Holy Ghost Fathers mission society brought in Roman Catholic settlers from Germany.

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records



Online Faulkner County, Arkansas cemeteries
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Search for names of people
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Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records
  • Barney
Faulkner County Church Records




  • Probate Records 1873-1950 Faulkner County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration bonds 1873-1910; County Court records 1873-1900; Dockets 1874-1886; Executor bonds 1874-1950; Guardian bonds 1873-1908; Letters of administration 1873-1919 and 1941; Letters of guardianship 1873-1918; Letters of testamentary 1874-1949; Probate record index 1873-1880; Probate records 1873-1889; Wills 1879-1926.

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.

  • The history of Faulkner County, Arkansas by Alexander McPherson. Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2007. Online at FamilySearch Catalog (Free)
  • 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 ($)
  • Pine Mountain Americans. By Ruff Haydn. New York: Hobson Book Press, 1947. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)



Civil War



Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Faulkner 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 Faulkner 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.


Faulkner County Historical Society
Faulkner County Historical Society
P.O. Box 731
Conway, Arkansas 72033
(501) 329-5918

  • Website has historical links and links to other facts.

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.


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 Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Faulkner 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.com Free family history resources and government records

Social networking sites pertaining to Faulkner County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Faulkner County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Faulkner County Message Board


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.
  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. Steven Teske, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=767&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 13, 2016), “Faulkner County.”
  5. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf.