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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Ouachita_County,_Arkansas|Ouachita County]]''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Ouachita_County,_Arkansas|Ouachita County]]''  
  
Guide to '''Ouachita County Arkansas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Ouachita 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 address = [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/AR_Ouachita.htm Ouachita County Courthouse]<br>145 Jackson Street<br>Camden, AR 71701<br>Phone: 870.837.2220 <br>  
 
| building address = [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/AR_Ouachita.htm Ouachita County Courthouse]<br>145 Jackson Street<br>Camden, AR 71701<br>Phone: 870.837.2220 <br>  
  
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County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1875; 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. 69.</ref>  
 
County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1875; 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. 69.</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}}#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Vital_Records|Death]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Court|Court]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1875<br>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1875  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1875
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1869
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1876
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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=Ouachita 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_Ouachita.htm PublicRecords.com] (unofficial site)
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| width="60%" | Provides links to County officials and public records
 
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*'''1842--'''Ouachita County was created 29 November 1842&nbsp;from [[Union County, Arkansas|Union]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Camden <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1842--'''Ouachita County was created 29 November 1842&nbsp;from [[Union County, Arkansas Genealogy|Union]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Camden <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Ouachita County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes].  
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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.  
  
 
==== Variant Spellings  ====
 
==== Variant Spellings  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1875'''  All records were destroyed by a fire  on December 19, 1875.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Ouachita, Bearden|place|disp=Bearden}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Ouachita, Camden|place|disp=Camden}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Ouachita, Chidester|place|disp=Chidester}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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*Troy  
 
*Troy  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
[[Image:Arouachita.jpg|right|400px]]
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*[[Calhoun County, Arkansas|Calhoun]]  
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[[Calhoun County, Arkansas Genealogy|Calhoun]] {{•}}
*[[Clark County, Arkansas|Clark]]  
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[[Clark County, Arkansas Genealogy|Clark]] {{•}}
*[[Columbia County, Arkansas|Columbia]]  
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[[Columbia County, Arkansas Genealogy|Columbia]] {{•}}
*[[Dallas County, Arkansas|Dallas]]  
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[[Dallas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Dallas]] {{•}}
*[[Nevada County, Arkansas|Nevada]]  
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[[Nevada County, Arkansas Genealogy|Nevada]] {{•}}
*[[Union County, Arkansas|Union]]
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[[Union County, Arkansas Genealogy|Union]] {{•}}
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<center>{{AROuachita, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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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 Ouachita County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>Debbie Fenwick Ponder, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=795&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 15, 2016), “Ouachita County.”</ref>
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* 1803 - The county was inhabited by only a few hunters, trappers and traders at the time of the Louisiana Purchase.
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* 1820s (late)-1830s (early) - The population of the area consisted of approximately 150 Choctaw, along with white settlers and slaves.
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* 1830s - As more white settlers came to the area, the French left, returning to New Orleans or moving farther west.
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* 1842 November 29 - Ouachita County was established.
  
 
== Genealogy Resources  ==
 
== Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== African Americans  ====
 
==== African Americans  ====
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:*1865-1868 — ''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VR9-YWL%3A1076660702%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Camden] at  [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only;''  Register of school children and register of attendance of school children, labor contracts, letters
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| bgcolor="#EAC7FE" colspan="3" | <center>'''Online Ouachita 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 Ouachita 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=144&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=40 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=144 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=40 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/ouachita.htm Interment.net]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/ouachita-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/ouachita/ouachcem.html USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/ouachita.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arouachi/ouacem.htm#CemetAA ARGenWeb] Select a county, then "Cemeteries." Some overlap with USGenWeb.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/ouachita/ouachita.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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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ar/ African American Cemeteries Online] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
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'''More cemetery lists'''
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Ouachita/cem/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/ouachita/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, Ouachita|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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**Also [[Ouachita County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities and Towns|check towns]] for records
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Ouachita+county+Arkansas=Ouachita+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Ouachita County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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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-V66%3A353225501%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1876-1946]  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 Guardian records 1876-1911; Letters of administration 1876-1922; Letters of testamentary 1876-1946; Probate record index 1876-1880; Probate records 1880-1890; Wills 1876-1901.
  
 
==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
{{AR History Intro}}  
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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)]
 
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  
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===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
====== Civil War Battle ======
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]], Company C
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:- [[1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Colquitt's) (Confederate)|1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Colquitt's) (Confederate)]]
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]], Companies G and H<br>
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:- [[6th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|6th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]],
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:- [[11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]],
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:- [[18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Company I
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:- [[19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dockery's) (Confederate)|19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dockery's)&nbsp;(Confederate)]]
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:- [[33rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|33rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies B, D, F and K
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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
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======Civil War Battle======
  
 
The following Civil War battle was fought in Ouachita County.  
 
The following Civil War battle was fought in Ouachita County.  
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{{AR Probate Intro}}  
 
{{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-V66%3A353225501%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1876-1946]  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 Guardian records 1876-1911; Letters of administration 1876-1922; Letters of testamentary 1876-1946; Probate record index 1876-1880; Probate records 1880-1890; Wills 1876-1901.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AR Vital Intro}}  
 
{{AR Vital Intro}}  
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
  
 
===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
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===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
  
*'''1875-1952''' - Ouachita County Marriage Books B-Z, AA-YY Index 1875-1952 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,'' accessed 18 April 2013.</ref>  
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*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1875-1921''' - Ouachita County Marriage Books B-Z Index 1875-1921 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/d/d7/Arkansasnz.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1875 - 1952''' - Ouachita County Marriage Books B-Z, AA-YY Index 1875-1952 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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*'''1875 - 1921''' - Ouachita County Marriage Books B-Z Index 1875-1921 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>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.</ref>
  
 
===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
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== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-society-archive/ List of Arkansas Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Ouachita|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. For towns, [[{{PAGENAME}}#Places/Localities|click here]].
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Ouachita+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=ouachita+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  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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==== Websites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="30%" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arouachi/ 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/ouachita/ouachita.htm 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/Ouachita/ RootsWeb resources]
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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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United States Gotoarrow.png Arkansas Gotoarrow.png Ouachita County

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

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Online Records


Ouachita County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Ouachita County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 29, 1842
County Seat Camden
Courthouse
ArkansasOuachitaCourthouse.jpg
Address Ouachita County Courthouse
145 Jackson Street
Camden, AR 71701
Phone: 870.837.2220



County Courthouse

Ouachita County Courthouse
145 Jackson Street
Camden, AR 71701
Phone: 870.837.2220

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1875; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.[1]

Beginning years for Ouachita County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1875 1914* 1875 1869 1876
*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

  • 1842--Ouachita County was created 29 November 1842 from Union County.  County seat: Camden [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

1875 All records were destroyed by a fire on December 19, 1875.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Towns
  • Bearden
  • Camden
  • Chidester
  • East Camden
  • Louann
  • Stephens

Census Districts and Unincoporated Towns
  • Amy
  • Barham
  • Bragg City
  • Buena Vista
  • Camark
  • Cross Roads
  • Cullendale
  • Eagle Mills
  • Elliott
  • Fairview
  • Frenchport
  • Good Hope
  • Harmony Grove
  • Herbert
  • Joyce City
  • Kent
  • Kirkland
  • Lakeside
  • Lester
  • Lester Junction
  • Liberty
  • Lufra
  • Lunet
  • Millers Bluff
  • Millville
  • Ogemaw
  • Pace City
  • Red Hill
  • Salem
  • Sayre
  • Shumaker
  • Smead
  • Snow Hill
  • Spring Hill
  • Standard Umstead
  • Tates Bluff
  • Troy
  • Vanduzer
  • Velie
  • Warner

Neighboring Counties

Calhoun  • Clark  • Columbia  • Dallas  • Nevada  • Union  •

Ouachita CountyDallas CountyClark CountyUnion CountyCalhoun CountyHot Spring CountyColumbia CountyNevada CountyCleveland CountyGrant CountyPike CountyBradley CountyLafayette CountyAROuachita.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 Ouachita County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [4]

  • 1803 - The county was inhabited by only a few hunters, trappers and traders at the time of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1820s (late)-1830s (early) - The population of the area consisted of approximately 150 Choctaw, along with white settlers and slaves.
  • 1830s - As more white settlers came to the area, the French left, returning to New Orleans or moving farther west.
  • 1842 November 29 - Ouachita County was established.

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

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

More cemetery lists

Census

Church Records

Court

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1876-1946 County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Guardian records 1876-1911; Letters of administration 1876-1922; Letters of testamentary 1876-1946; Probate record index 1876-1880; Probate records 1880-1890; Wills 1876-1901.

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.

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

Maps

Military

Civil War

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


- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Colquitt's) (Confederate)
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Companies G and H
- 6th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate),
- 11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate),
- 18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dockery's) (Confederate)
- 33rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies B, D, F and K

Online Records

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Ouachita 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 Ouachita 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 Ouachita 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 resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Ouachita 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 Ouachita County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Ouachita County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Ouachita County Message Board

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 69.
  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. Debbie Fenwick Ponder, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=795&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 15, 2016), “Ouachita 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/d/d7/Arkansasnz.pdf.