Van Buren County, Arkansas Genealogy

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


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Van Buren County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Van Buren County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 11, 1833
County Seat Clinton
Courthouse
ArkansasVanBurenCourthouse.jpg
Address Van Buren County Courthouse
Main & Briggs;
Clinton, AR 72031
Phone: 501.745.4140


County Courthouse

Van Buren County Courthouse
Main & Briggs;
Clinton, AR 72031
Phone: 501.745.4140


County Clerk has marriage, court and land records from 1859, divorce records from 1874 and probate records from 1860[1]

Beginning years for Van Buren County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1859 1914* 1859 1855 1859
*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

History

The county is named after President Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) who was serving as United States Vice President at the time of the county's formation.[3]

Parent County

County seat: Clinton [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

1863 Nearly all county records were destroyed by fire.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Cleburne  • Conway  • Faulkner  • Pope  • Searcy  • Stone  •

Newton CountyVan Buren CountyMarion CountySearcy CountyStone CountyBaxter CountyIndependence CountyIzard CountyCleburne CountyWhite CountyLonoke CountyFaulkner CountyConway CountyYell CountyPerry CountyJohnson CountyPope CountyARVan Buren.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 Van Buren County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [5]

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Online Van Buren County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Van Buren 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

Court

Genealogy

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.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Van Buren 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 Van Buren County, Arkansas Genealogy:

- 1st Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Stirman's) (Confederate), Company C
- 10th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate),
- 16th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company F
31th Regiment, Arkansas Confederate Infantry, Companies B, D, and F [6]
- 31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry
- 36th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union), Companies B, G, H, I, and M

Online Records

Naturalization

Newspapers

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


Occupations

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

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 Van Buren 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.

Societies

River Valley Genealogy Society Researchers interested in CONWAY, FAULKNER, PERRY, POPE, YELL AND VAN BUREN COUNTIES.
Farm Bureau Building
201 E. Shady Lane
Morrilton, Arkansas

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
RootsWeb resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Van Buren 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 Free family history resources and government records


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

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 71.
  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. "Martin Van Buren," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Sharon Baker, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=817&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 15, 2016, “Van Buren County.”
  6. Ronald R. Bass, History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1996), p. 12 FHL book 976.7 M2ba
  7. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  8. 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.