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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Cleveland_County,_Arkansas|Cleveland County]]''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Cleveland County, Arkansas|Cleveland County]]''  
  
Guide to '''Cleveland County Arkansas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Cleveland County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
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| building image = [[Image:Cleveland County Arkansas Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Cleveland County Arkansas Courthouse.jpg]]
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| building address = [http://local.arkansas.gov/local.php?agency=Cleveland%20County Cleveland County Courthouse]<br>Main and Magnolia Streets; PO Box 348 <br>Rison, AR 71665 <br>Phone: 870.325.6521
  
| building address = [http://www.arkansasties.com/Cleveland/Structures/CourtHouse.htm Cleveland County Courthouse]<br>Main and Magnolia Streets; PO Box 348 <br>Rison, AR 71665 <br>Phone: 870.325.6521
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== County Courthouse  ==
  
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[[Image:Cleveland County Arkansas Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|200px]]
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[http://local.arkansas.gov/local.php?agency=Cleveland%20County Cleveland County Courthouse]<br>Main and Magnolia Streets; PO Box 348 <br>Rison, AR 71665 <br>Phone: 870.325.6521
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County Clerk has marriage records from 1880, along with divorce, probate and court records.<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 66.</ref>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning years for {{PAGENAME}} government records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Court|Court]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1873
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1873
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| colspan="6" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's</center>
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== County Courthouse ==
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==== Government and Related Websites ====
  
[[Image:Cleveland County Arkansas Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Cleveland County Arkansas Courthouse.jpg]]  
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" colspan="3" | <center>'''County Government and other Local Websites'''</center>
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| width="30%" | [http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=Arkansas&county=Cleveland County-clerk.net] (unofficial site)
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| width="60%" | 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
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| width="30%" | [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/AR_Cleveland.htm PublicRecords.com] (unofficial site)
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| width="60%" | Provides links to County officials and public records
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[http://www.arkansasties.com/Cleveland/Structures/CourtHouse.htm Cleveland County Courthouse]<br>Main and Magnolia Streets; PO Box 348 <br>Rison, AR 71665 <br>Phone: 870.325.6521
 
  
County Clerk has marriage records from 1880, <br>divorce, probate and court records<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 66.</ref>
 
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*'''1873--'''Cleveland County was created 17 April 1873&nbsp;from [[Dallas County, Arkansas|Dallas]], [[Bradley County, Arkansas|Bradley]], [[Jefferson County, Arkansas|Jefferson]], and [[Lincoln County, Arkansas|Lincoln]] Counties.
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*'''1873--'''Cleveland County was created 17 April 1873&nbsp;from [[Dallas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Dallas]], [[Bradley County, Arkansas Genealogy|Bradley]], [[Jefferson County, Arkansas Genealogy|Jefferson]], and [[Lincoln County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lincoln]] Counties.
  
 
'''County seat:''' Rison <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''County seat:''' Rison <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Cleveland County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes] at N2Genealogy.  
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For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps"] (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
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==== Variant Spellings  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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Although specific courthouse disasters are not known, it is reported that the records are incomplete and some are not in good condition. Several tax books, one marriage record, and one or more court records are missing.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Cleveland, New Edinburg|place|disp=New Edinburg}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Cleveland, Rison|place|disp=Rison}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Cleveland, Saline Township|place|disp=Saline Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Cleveland, Toledo|place|disp=Toledo}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Bradley County, Arkansas|Bradley]]  
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[[Bradley County, Arkansas Genealogy|Bradley]] {{•}} [[Calhoun County, Arkansas Genealogy|Calhoun]] {{•}} [[Dallas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Dallas]] {{•}} [[Drew County, Arkansas Genealogy|Drew]] {{•}} [[Grant County, Arkansas Genealogy|Grant]] {{•}} [[Jefferson County, Arkansas Genealogy|Jefferson]] {{•}} [[Lincoln County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lincoln]]  
*[[Calhoun County, Arkansas|Calhoun]]  
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<center>{{ARCleveland County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Dallas County, Arkansas|Dallas]]  
 
*[[Drew County, Arkansas|Drew]]  
 
*[[Grant County, Arkansas|Grant]]  
 
*[[Jefferson County, Arkansas|Jefferson]]  
 
*[[Lincoln County, Arkansas|Lincoln]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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==== History Timeline  ====
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Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Cleveland County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>Louise Mitchell, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' ([http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=757&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c] : accessed January 12, 2016), “Cleveland County.”</ref>
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*1834 - The third Quapaw Treaty ratified by the U.S. Senate was the beginning of the end of the Indians treaty lands in Arkansas.
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*1864 April 25 - The most important event in what became Cleveland County during the Civil War was the Battle of Marks’ Mills.
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*1873 April 17 - Cleveland County was established.
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*1910 - The high point for population of the county.
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*1970 - The low point for population of the county.
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
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==== African Americans  ====
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
==== Church  ====
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;"
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| bgcolor="#EAC7FE" colspan="3" | <center>'''Online Cleveland County, Arkansas''' cemeteries <br>from [[Arkansas Cemeteries|state]] and [[United States Cemeteries|national]] resources</center>
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| width="34%" bgcolor="#CFF3FF" | <center>'''Search for names of people'''<br>in Cleveland County</center>
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| width="34%" bgcolor="#F2DDFE" | <center>'''Get a list of cemeteries'''<br>(then click to names of people)</center>
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| width="32%" bgcolor="#B8FFDB" | <center>'''Find printed records''' <br>(Often more complete)</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=smith&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=4&GScnty=105&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Find A Grave] Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=1 Arkansas Gravestones] enter a name and click "Search"
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#given_names=&family_names=smith&birth_year=&death_year=&year_range=5&lim=0&num=10&action=search&exact=true&phonetic=false&record_type=0&country=United+States&state=Arkansas&county=0 Billion Graves] Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=105 Find A Grave] Click '''Search for a Cemetery''' on the right, click '''All Countries''' - click '''United States''', click '''State''', click '''County''' and search.
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=1 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/cleveland.htm Interment.net]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/cleveland-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/cleveland/clevecem.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/cleveland.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/cleveland/cemeteries.htm ARGenWeb]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/cleveland/cleveland.htm RootsWeb]
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*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
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'''More cemetery lists'''
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Cleveland/cem/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/cleveland/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List]
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/arkansas/index.html DeathIndexes.com] Scan through the list under '''Arkansas Death Records Indexes….'''
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-AR-NDX.html D'Addezio] Search/browse by cemetery name, not people. (Statewide)
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Cleveland|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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**Also [[Cleveland County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities_and_Towns|check towns]] for records
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Cleveland+county+Arkansas=Cleveland+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Cleveland County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
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==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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{{AR Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Guardianship  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QZ-ZTG%3A353253101%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1873-1974] Cleveland County portion of the collection: {{RecordSearch|2061549|''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979''|access=browse}}: ''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Administration records 1876-1908; Guardian records 1877-1909; Inventories 1877-1974; Letters of guardianship 1909-1938; Probate records 1873-1893; Wills 1877-1947.
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==== Genealogy  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
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{{AR Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{AR History Intro}}
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*'''''Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas.''''' Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7192 Ancestry.com] ($)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932392|Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
  
 
====== Civil War Battle  ======
 
====== Civil War Battle  ======
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:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ARmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.
 
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ARmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.
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==== Naturalization  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{AR Newspapers|Cleveland}}
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==== Occupations  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
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{{AR Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1818 – 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8638 Arkansas Wills and Probate Records 1818-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QZ-ZTG%3A353253101%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1873-1974] Cleveland County portion of the collection: {{RecordSearch|2061549|''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979''|access=browse}}: ''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Administration records 1876-1908; Guardian records 1877-1909; Inventories 1877-1974; Letters of guardianship 1909-1938; Probate records 1873-1893; Wills 1877-1947.
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==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AR Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{AR Vital Intro}}See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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===== Birth  =====
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1873 - 1956''' - Cleveland County Marriage Books A, 1, 3-12 Index 1873-1956 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc">FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "[[Arkansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]," in ''FamilySearch Wiki.''</ref>
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*'''1873 - 1922''' - Cleveland County Marriage Books 3-6 Index 1873-1922 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igiarkansasad.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf]].</ref>
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===== Death  =====
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===== Vital Record Substitutes  =====
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== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-society-archive/ List of Arkansas Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFF66" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Cleveland|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. For towns, [[{{PAGENAME}}#Places.2FLocalities|click here]].
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Cleveland+county%2C+arkansas&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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| width="30%" | [http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=cleveland+county%2C+arkansas&te=ILS Allen County Public Library]
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| Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.ark-ives.com/documenting/county_records.aspx Arkansas History Commission] Select the county
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| Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>[[{{PAGENAME}}#Genealogy_Societies_and_Libraries|Local libraries]] and [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]] may suggest other catalogs</center>
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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==== Websites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ADFF85" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites with online indexes or images of records''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://www.argenweb.net/cleveland/ ARGenWeb]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/cleveland/clevelan.html USGenWeb Archives]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Cleveland/ RootsWeb]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Cleveland/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/cleveland/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/cleveland-county/ StateofUS.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FAEBD7" colspan="3" | <center>'''Social networking sites pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.<br>
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*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Cleveland|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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| width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/cleveland/ genealogy.com]
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Cleveland/ Cleveland County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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| width="70%" | Cleveland County, AR Genealogy Forum
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| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties.cleveland/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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| width="70%" | Cleveland County Message Board
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== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 17, 1873
County Seat Rison
Courthouse
ArkansasClevelandCourthouse.jpg
Address Cleveland County Courthouse
Main and Magnolia Streets; PO Box 348
Rison, AR 71665
Phone: 870.325.6521


County Courthouse

Cleveland County Arkansas Courthouse.jpg

Cleveland County Courthouse
Main and Magnolia Streets; PO Box 348
Rison, AR 71665
Phone: 870.325.6521

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

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


History

Parent County

County seat: Rison [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

Although specific courthouse disasters are not known, it is reported that the records are incomplete and some are not in good condition. Several tax books, one marriage record, and one or more court records are missing.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Bradley  • Calhoun  • Dallas  • Drew  • Grant  • Jefferson  • Lincoln

Cleveland CountyLincoln CountyDrew CountyBradley CountyCalhoun CountyOuachita CountyDallas CountyHot Spring CountyGrant CountyJefferson CountyArkansas CountyDesha CountyChicot CountyAshley CountyUnion CountyColumbia CountyNevada CountyClark CountyGarland CountySaline CountyPulaski CountyLonoke CountyPrairie CountyARCleveland.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 Cleveland County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [4]

  • 1834 - The third Quapaw Treaty ratified by the U.S. Senate was the beginning of the end of the Indians treaty lands in Arkansas.
  • 1864 April 25 - The most important event in what became Cleveland County during the Civil War was the Battle of Marks’ Mills.
  • 1873 April 17 - Cleveland County was established.
  • 1910 - The high point for population of the county.
  • 1970 - The low point for population of the county.

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

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

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1873-1974 Cleveland County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration records 1876-1908; Guardian records 1877-1909; Inventories 1877-1974; Letters of guardianship 1909-1938; Probate records 1873-1893; Wills 1877-1947.

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.

See also Towns and Townships to find records listed at the town level in the FamilySearch Catalog.

  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Maps

Military

Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Cleveland County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

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 Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Cleveland 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 Cleveland County, Arkansas Genealogy


genealogy.com Cleveland County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Cleveland County Message Board

References

  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. Louise Mitchell, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, ([1] : accessed January 12, 2016), “Cleveland County.”
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August, 2012)
  6. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.