Desha County, Arkansas Genealogy

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Guide to Desha County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Desha County, Arkansas
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Location in the state of Arkansas
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Founded December 12, 1838
County Seat Arkansas City
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Address Desha County Courthouse
Robert Moore Avenue
PO Box 188
Arkansas City, AR 71630
Phone: 870.877.2323
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County Courthouse

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

Collection of Birth,Death,Marriage,Divorce and Other Certificate procedures

Beginning Dates for Desha County, Arkansas Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate



Desha County is Arkansas's 40th county, formed on December 12, 1838, and named for Captain Benjamin Desha who fought in the War of 1812.

Parent County

  • 1838--Desha County was created 12 December 1838 from Arkansas and Chicot Counties.

County seat: Arkansas City [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Desha County boundary changes at N2Genealogy.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss


Populated Places

Arkansas City

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Desha County Cemetery Transcriptions (partial list)  -  Desha County ARGenWeb


1840  Federal Census Index  -  USGenWeb Project Archives

1850 Federal Census Index  -  USGenWeb Project Archives

Church Records

Dumas Churches  -

McGehee Churches  -



Land and Property

Desha County Federal Land Records  -  USGenWeb Archives Project

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.

Riverboat History -  Desha County ARGenWeb

Goodspeed's Historry  -  Desha County ARGenWeb


1895 Desha County Map  -

Township Map  -  Desha County USGenWeb


War of 1812

Military Land Grants War of 1812 (partial list)  -  USGenWeb Project Archives

Civil War

Men from this county served in the 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate).[4]

Civil War Amnesty List  -  Desha County ARGenWeb

World War II

Rohwer Relocation Center  -  Desha County ARGenWeb

World War II Enlistees A-F  -  USGenWeb Project Archives

World War II enlistees G-L  -  USGenWeb Project Archives

World War II Enlistees M-R  -  USGenWeb Project Archives



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

Desha County Newspapers  -  Desha County ARGenWeb


Probate Records


Vital Records

Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  4. Calvin L. Collier, They'll do to Tie To: the story of the Third Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A.,(Little Rock, Arkansas: Civil War Round Table Associates, 1959) p. 10. FHL book 976.7 M2c