Independence County, Arkansas Genealogy

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

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Independence County, Arkansas
Map of Arkansas highlighting Independence County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Founded October 23, 1820
County Seat Batesville
Address Independence County Courthouse
192 East Main Street;
Batesville, AR 725091
Phone: 870.793.8828

County Courthouse

Independence County Courthouse
192 East Main Street;
Batesville, AR 725091
Phone: 870.793.8828

County Clerk has marriage records from 1826 and probate records from 1839; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records; County Library has burial records.[1]

Beginning years for Independence County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1826 1914* 1821 1820 1839
*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

  • 1820--Independence County was created 23 October 1820 from Lawrence and Arkansas Counties.

County seat: Batesville [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

Populated Places

Batesville, Newark, Sulphur Rock, Southside, Magness, Pleasant Plains, Desha, Locust Grove, Bethesda, Cushman, Hickory Valley, Rosie, Oil Trough

Neighboring Counties

Cleburne  • Izard  • Jackson  • Lawrence  • Sharp  • Stone  • White

Independence CountyJackson CountyWoodruff CountyWhite CountyFaulkner CountyCleburne CountyStone CountyIzard CountyFulton CountySharp CountyLawrence CountyRandolph CountyClay CountyGreene CountyCraighead CountyPoinsett CountyCross CountySt. Francis CountyPrairie CountyLonoke CountyVan Buren CountySearcy CountyMarion CountyBaxter CountyARIndependence.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 Independence County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [4]

  • 1700s - When European observers returned to the area, the White River valley was no longer inhabited.
  • 1815 - Missouri Territory established Lawrence County, a huge area that encompassed most of what became north Arkansas.
  • 1820 October 20 - Independence County established.
  • 1828 - Independence County became an international border zone. The Cherokee traded the land back to the United States and moved west.
  • 1800s (late) - The county moved into the modern era with an economy based on agriculture, timber, and timber products

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Online Independence County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Independence 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 None listed - referred to other links.

More cemetery lists


Church Records



  • Probate Records 1830-1923 Independence 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 bonds and letters 1853-1902; County Court records 1830-1849; Guardian bonds and letters 1868-1895; Letters of administration 1846-1881; Probate records 1839-1881; Wills 1833-1923.


Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Independence 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.

  • Neill, Robert. "Reminiscences of Independence County". Publications of the Arkansas Historical Association - v. 3 (1911).
  • Mosier, Susan. Hutchinson Mountain Vol. 2. Floral, Arkansas : S. Mosier, 1997.
  • Mosier, Susan. Hutchinson Mountain Vol. 1. Floral, Arkansas : S. Mosier, 1997.



Revolutionary War
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Independence County on page 91.]
Civil War

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

- 2nd Regiment, Arkansas Volunteers (Confederate), Company C
- 7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[5], Companies A, C, K, and M
- 4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)
- 3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company B
- 3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company B

Online Records



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

Social networking sites pertaining to Independence County, Arkansas Genealogy Independence County, AR Genealogy Forum Independence County Message Board


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 68.
  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. George E Lankford, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, ( : accessed January 13, 2016), “Independence County.”
  5. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  6. Desmond Walls Allen, Fourth Arkansas Union Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 1. FHL book 976.7 M28dae
  7. Desmond Walls Allen, The Seventh Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988) FHL book 976.7 M22adw
  8. Ronald R. Bass, History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1996), p. 12 FHL book 976.7 M2ba
  9. Desmond Walls Allen, Thirty-eighth Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988), p. 1. FHL book 976.7 M2at
  10. Desmond Walls Allen, Forty-fifth Arkansas Confederate Calvary, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988), p. 1. FHL book 976.7 M2af
  11. Desmond Walls Allen, First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988), p. 2. FHL book 976.7 M2a
  12. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  13. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at