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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Jefferson_County,_Arkansas|Jefferson County]]''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Jefferson County, Arkansas|Jefferson County]]''  
  
Guide to '''Jefferson County Arkansas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Jefferson County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
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| seat wl = Pine Bluff
 
| seat wl = Pine Bluff
  
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| building address = [http://www.jacksoncountyar.org/ Jefferson County Courthouse]<br>101 W Barraque Street<br>Pine Bluff, AR 71601<br>Phone: 870.541.5360 <br>
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| building address = [http://jefferson.ark.org/departments Jefferson County Courthouse]<br>101 W Barraque Street<br>Pine Bluff, AR 71601<br>Phone: 870.541.5360 <br>
  
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.jacksoncountyar.org/ Jefferson County Courthouse]<br>101 W Barraque Street<br>Pine Bluff, AR 71601<br>Phone: 870.541.5360 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1830 <br>and probate records from 1845; Clerk Circuit<br>Court has divorce, court and land records<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 68.</ref>  
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[http://jefferson.ark.org/departments Jefferson County Courthouse]<br>101 W Barraque Street<br>Pine Bluff, AR 71601<br>Phone: 870.541.5360 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1830 and probate records from 1845; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 68.</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" | 1830
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1837
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1829
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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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==== Government and Related Websites  ====
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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=Jefferson 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_Jefferson.htm PublicRecords.com] (unofficial site)
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| width="60%" | Provides links to County officials and public records
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*'''1829--'''Jefferson County was created 2 November 1829 from [[Arkansas County, Arkansas|Arkansas]] and [[Pulaski County, Arkansas|Pulaski]] counties.
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*'''1829--'''Jefferson County was created 2 November 1829 from [[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] and [[Pulaski County, Arkansas Genealogy|Pulaski]] counties.
  
 
'''County seat: '''Pine Bluff <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''County seat: '''Pine Bluff <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 Jefferson 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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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Jefferson, Hardin|place|disp=Hardin}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Jefferson, Pine Bluff|place|disp=Pine Bluff}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Arkansas County, Arkansas|Arkansas]]  
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[[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] {{•}} [[Cleveland County, Arkansas Genealogy|Cleveland]] {{•}} [[Grant County, Arkansas Genealogy|Grant]] {{•}} [[Lincoln County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lincoln]] {{•}} [[Lonoke County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lonoke]] {{•}} [[Pulaski County, Arkansas Genealogy|Pulaski]]  
*[[Cleveland County, Arkansas|Cleveland]]  
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<center>{{ARJefferson County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Grant County, Arkansas|Grant]]  
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*[[Lincoln County, Arkansas|Lincoln]]  
 
*[[Lonoke County, Arkansas|Lonoke]]  
 
*[[Pulaski County, Arkansas|Pulaski]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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==== History Timeline ====
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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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 Jefferson County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>Russell E. Bearden, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=779&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 13, 2016), “Jefferson County.”</ref>
  
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*1818 August 24 - The Quapaw ceded their lands to the U.S. government.
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*1800s (early) - One of the first permanent settlers of record in Jefferson County was Joseph Bonne, who brought his Quapaw family from to live on a pine tree–covered bluff on the Arkansas River.
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*1890s - Jefferson County entered what historian Jim Leslie has referred to as the Golden Era. Because of its prodigious cotton production and location near the Arkansas River, the county attracted many industries, businesses, and public institutions.
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*1927-1930s - The Flood of 1927 is considered Jefferson County’s worst natural disaster, killing dozens of people and destroying tens of thousands of acres of cotton and hundreds of farmsteads and homes. With the Great Depression of the 1930s, it took the county decades to reclaim the economic status it was gaining before the flood.
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=540 Cherry Hill Cemetery, Richland]
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=1356 Macedonia Cemetery, Pine Bluff]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=1630 New Hope Cemetery, Grady]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=2411 White's Cemetery, Pine Bluff]
 
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Research Guides  ====
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==== African Americans  ====
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*'''1865-1871''' - Jefferson County Colored Marriage Books I-II Index 1865-1871 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc" />
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:*1864-1868 — ''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VRS-HZ9%3A1076658406%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Pine Bluff] at [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only''; Copies of marriage certificates, Register of marriages, Register of abandoned property, letters
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:*1866-1867 — ''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VRS-FM9%3A1076658402%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Pine Bluff (Superintendent of Arkansas River District)] at [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only;'' persons hired, letters
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Cemeteries ====
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| bgcolor="#EAC7FE" colspan="3" | <center>'''Online Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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=127&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=23 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=127 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=23 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/jefferson.htm Interment.net]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/jefferson-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/jefferson/jefferson.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/jefferson.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arjeffer/ ARGenWeb] Scroll down 3/4 of the page to find cemeteries.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/jefferson/jefferson.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/Jefferson/cem/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/jefferson/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, Jefferson|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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**Also [[Clay County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities_and_Towns|check towns]] for records
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Jefferson+county+Arkansas=Jefferson+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Clay 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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==== Genealogy  ====
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*Biographies from The History of Jefferson County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed Publishing Company are available free on the [http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/arkansas-counties/jefferson-county-arkansas-genealogy-biographies.asp My Genealogy Hound] website.
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==== Guardianship  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QC-JP8%3A353226201%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1830-1930] Jefferson 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 and guardian bonds 1850-1859; Administration bonds and letters 1862-1906; Administration records 1856-1862; Administration, executor and guardian bonds 1859-1862; Dockets 1830-1889; Executor bonds and letters 1862-1930; Probate records 1863-1890; Wills 1839-1927
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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 Pulaski, Jefferson, Lonoke, Faulkner, Grant, Saline, Perry, Garland, and Hot Spring Counties, Arkansas'''''. Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7169 Ancestry.com] ($)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]], Company D
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:- [[1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Colquitt's) (Confederate)|1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Colquitt's) (Confederate)]]
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:- [[2nd Battalion, Arkansas Calvalry (Confederate)|2nd Battalion, Arkansas Calvalry&nbsp;(Confederate) ]], Company D
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:- [[6th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|6th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate) ]], Company G
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:- [[8th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|8th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]
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:- [[15th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Josey's) (Confederate)|15th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Josey's) (Confederate)]]
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:- [[18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]] Companies A, D and K<br>
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:- [[26th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|26th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies C and K<br>
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:- [[Pine Bluff Artillery, Arkansas (Confederate)|Pine Bluff Artillery, Arkansas (Confederate)]]
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'''Online Records'''
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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  ====
  
[http://pbjclibrary.state.ar.us/obits/obits.htm Obituary Indexes] from the following from 1866 to current time:  
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{{AR Newspapers|Jackson}}
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[http://pineblufflibrary.org/about-obituary-index] from the following from 1866 to current time:  
  
 
*Pine Bluff Commercial  
 
*Pine Bluff Commercial  
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*Weekly Echo
 
*Weekly Echo
  
==== Probate  ====
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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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*'''1783 – 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8638 Arkansas Wills and Probate Records 1783-1998] 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%2FM7QC-JP8%3A353226201%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1830-1930] Jefferson 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 and guardian bonds 1850-1859; Administration bonds and letters 1862-1906; Administration records 1856-1862; Administration, executor and guardian bonds 1859-1862; Dockets 1830-1889; Executor bonds and letters 1862-1930; Probate records 1863-1890; Wills 1839-1927.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
==== Vital Records ====
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{{AR Tax Intro}}
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==== Vital Records ====
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{{AR Vital Intro}}See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
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===== Birth  =====
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
  
*'''1830-1920''' - Jefferson County Marriage Books 1-8, A-Z, AA Index 1830-1920 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 https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1830 - 1950''' - Jefferson County Marriage Books A-Z, I-VIII, AA-ZZ Index 1830-1950 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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*'''1830 - 1920''' - Jefferson County Marriage Books 1-8, A-Z, AA Index 1830-1920 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:Igiarkansasem.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf]].</ref>
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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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===== 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="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Jefferson|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=Jefferson+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=jefferson+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}}
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*[[Pine Bluff Arkansas Family History Center]] 2501 Ridgeway Rd, Pine Bluff AR 71603 United States
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==== Societies ====
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arjcgs/?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0001231185&o_lid=0001231185&o_sch=Affiliate+External Jefferson County Genealogical Society] Jefferson County Museum 4th and State Street Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 71613
  
[[Category:IGIcheck]]
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==== Websites  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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| width="30%" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arjeffer/ ARGenWeb]
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://usgwarchives.net/ar/jefferson/jeffeobit.htm USGenWeb]
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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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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/jefferson// Linkpendium]
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/jefferson// 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/jefferson-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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*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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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Jefferson/ Jefferson County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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| width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/jefferson/ genealogy.com]
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| width="70%" | Jefferson County, AR Genealogy Forum
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| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties.jefferson/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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Latest revision as of 18:24, 20 October 2016

United States Gotoarrow.png Arkansas Gotoarrow.png Jefferson County

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

Arkansas State with State Seal.png Arkansas
Online Records


Jefferson County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Jefferson County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 2, 1829
County Seat Pine Bluff
Courthouse
ArkansasJeffersonCourthouse.jpg
Address Jefferson County Courthouse
101 W Barraque Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Phone: 870.541.5360


County Courthouse

Jefferson County Courthouse
101 W Barraque Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Phone: 870.541.5360

County Clerk has marriage records from 1830 and probate records from 1845; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.[1]

Beginning years for Jefferson County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1830 1914* 1837 1830 1829
*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

  • 1829--Jefferson County was created 2 November 1829 from Arkansas and Pulaski counties.

County seat: Pine Bluff [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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Arkansas  • Cleveland  • Grant  • Lincoln  • Lonoke  • Pulaski

Jefferson CountyArkansas CountyDesha CountyLincoln CountyCleveland CountyDallas CountyGrant CountySaline CountyPulaski CountyLonoke CountyFaulkner CountyPrairie CountyMonroe CountyWoodruff CountyWhite CountyPerry CountyHot Spring CountyOuachita CountyCalhoun CountyDrew CountyARJefferson.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 Jefferson County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [4]

  • 1818 August 24 - The Quapaw ceded their lands to the U.S. government.
  • 1800s (early) - One of the first permanent settlers of record in Jefferson County was Joseph Bonne, who brought his Quapaw family from to live on a pine tree–covered bluff on the Arkansas River.
  • 1890s - Jefferson County entered what historian Jim Leslie has referred to as the Golden Era. Because of its prodigious cotton production and location near the Arkansas River, the county attracted many industries, businesses, and public institutions.
  • 1927-1930s - The Flood of 1927 is considered Jefferson County’s worst natural disaster, killing dozens of people and destroying tens of thousands of acres of cotton and hundreds of farmsteads and homes. With the Great Depression of the 1930s, it took the county decades to reclaim the economic status it was gaining before the flood.

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Online Jefferson County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Jefferson 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 Scroll down 3/4 of the page to find cemeteries.

More cemetery lists

Census

Church Records

Court

Genealogy

  • Biographies from The History of Jefferson County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed Publishing Company are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1830-1930 Jefferson 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 1850-1859; Administration bonds and letters 1862-1906; Administration records 1856-1862; Administration, executor and guardian bonds 1859-1862; Dockets 1830-1889; Executor bonds and letters 1862-1930; Probate records 1863-1890; Wills 1839-1927

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 Pulaski, Jefferson, Lonoke, Faulkner, Grant, Saline, Perry, Garland, and Hot Spring Counties, Arkansas. Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Maps

Military

Civil War

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


- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Colquitt's) (Confederate)
- 2nd Battalion, Arkansas Calvalry (Confederate) , Company D
- 6th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate) , Company G
- 8th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 15th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Josey's) (Confederate)
- 18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate) Companies A, D and K
- 26th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies C and K
- Pine Bluff Artillery, Arkansas (Confederate)

Online Records

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, Arkansas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


[1] from the following from 1866 to current time:

  • Pine Bluff Commercial
  • Pine Bluff Graphic
  • Pin Bluff News
  • Pine Bluff Eagle
  • White Hall Journal
  • Pine Bluff Dispatch
  • The Negro Spokesman
  • The Jefferson Republican
  • Weekly Echo

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 Jefferson 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

Jefferson County Genealogical Society Jefferson County Museum 4th and State Street Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 71613

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
ARGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Jefferson County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Jefferson County Message Board

References

  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. Russell E. Bearden, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=779&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 13, 2016), “Jefferson County.”
  5. 5.0 5.1 FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August, 2012)
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf.