Yell County, Arkansas Genealogy

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

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Yell County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Yell County
Location in the state of Arkansas
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Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 5, 1840
County Seat Danville
Courthouse
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Address Yell County Courthouse
PO Box 219;
Danville, AR 72833-0219
Phone: 501.495.2630


County Courthouse

Yell Southern District Courthouse

Yell County Courthouse
PO Box 219;
Danville, AR 72833-0219
Phone: 501.495.2630


County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, land, and court records from 1865[1]

Beginning years for Yell County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1865 1914* 1865 1849 1858
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Government and Related Websites

  • PublicRecords.com (unofficial site) Provides links to County officials and public records.

History

Parent County

  • 1840--Yell County was created 5 December 1840 from Pope and Scott Counties.  County seat: Danville [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

1860s Some records destroyed during the Civil War. Records available are: Probate records from May 7, 1858 to February 10, 1862; marriage records from July 23, 1841 to March 24, 1849; and deed records from March 2, 1841 to December 4, 1848.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Conway  • Garland  • Logan  • Montgomery  • Perry  • Pope  • Scott  •

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

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

Online Yell County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Yell 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.)
  • USGenWeb Select a county, then "Cemeteries." Some overlap with USGenWeb.

More cemetery lists

Census

Church Records

Court

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1865-1943 Yell County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 : Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Accounts 1876-1905; Administration and guardian dockets 1866-1890; Administration bonds and letters 1865-1913; Dockets 1866-1873; Guardian bonds 1876-1913; Probate records 1858-1888; Wills 1872-1943.

Genealogy

Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Yell 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.

  • Banks, Wayne. History of Yell County, Arkansas. Van Buren, Arkansas : Press-Argus, 1959.
  • Mount Nebo : near Dardanelle in Yell County. Salt Lake City : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2013.

Maps

Military

Yell County Military

Civil War

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


- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate)[5], Company H
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Company K
- 11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's) (Confederate)
- 31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate),
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[6], Companies A, C, D, E, F, H, and S

Online Records

Naturalization

Newspapers

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


Occupations

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

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

  • Website has a list of researched Surnames and recommended links.

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 Yell 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

  • Website has researched Surnames and recommended links.

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 Yell 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 Yell County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Yell County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Yell 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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Mildred Diane Gleason, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=816&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 18, 2016), “Yell County.”
  5. Desmond Walls Allen, First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988), p. 2. FHL book 976.7 M2a
  6. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  7. 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.
  8. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.