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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Arkansas|Arkansas]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''St. Francis County'''  
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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''St. Francis County'''  
  
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Guide to '''St. Francis County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
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| county = St. Francis County
 
| county = St. Francis County
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| state = Arkansas
 
| state = Arkansas
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| founded year = 1827
 
| founded year = 1827
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| founded date = October 13
 
| founded date = October 13
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| seat wl = Forrest City
 
| seat wl = Forrest City
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| building address = [http://www.arkansasties.com/StFrancis/StFrancis.htm Saint Francis County Courthouse]<br>313 S Izard Street<br>Forrest City, AR 72335-3856<br>Phone: 870-261-1715
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
== County Courthouse ==
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[http://www.arkansasties.com/StFrancis/StFrancis.htm Saint Francis County Courthouse]<br>313 S Izard Street<br>Forrest City, AR 72335-3856<br>Phone: 870-261-1715
  
[http://www.arkansasties.com/StFrancis/StFrancis.htm Saint Francis County Courthouse]<br>313 S Izard Street<br>Forrest City, AR 72335-3856<br>Phone: 870-261-1715
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County Clerk has marriage records from 1875, probate records from 1910 and tax records; 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. 70.</ref>  
  
County Clerk has marriage records from 1875, <br>probate records from 1910 and tax records; <br>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. 70.</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" | 1875
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1860
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1910
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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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== History ==
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==== Government and Related Websites ====
  
When St. Francis County was formed in 1827 the county seat was temporariliy located in the home of William Strong, a prominant citizen, until it could be moved to the new town of Franklin. It remained in Franklin until 1840 when it was moved to Madison. In 1855 it was moved to Mt. Vernon. In 1856 the courthouse burned and the county seat was moved back to Madison until 1874 when a vote was taken to move once again to the rapidly expanding Forrest City that began as a railroad construction camp for Nathan Bedford Forrest.<ref>History of St. Francis County, Arkansas 1954, Fred N. McCollum Sr., Publisher, Robert W. Chowning, Author, Published by the Times-Herald Publishing Company, Forrest City, Arkansas, 1954 pp. 8 and 10. Copy in the Arkansas Room, Forrest City Public Library.</ref><br>
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*[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/AR_St.Francis.htm PublicRecords.com] (unofficial site) Provides links to County officials and public records.
  
After the original frame courthouse in Forrest City burned in 1874 a brick building was constructed that was used until the current building was built. Many of the earlier record books in the current courthouse are laminated derivitives and a number of originals are stored at the St. Francis County Museum, 603 Front Street, Forrest City, Arkansas.
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== History  ==
  
== Pioneer Times ==
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When St. Francis County was formed in 1827 the county seat was temporarily located in the home of William Strong, a prominent citizen, until it could be moved to the new town of Franklin. It remained in Franklin until 1840 when it was moved to Madison. In 1855 it was moved to Mt. Vernon. In 1856 the courthouse burned and the county seat was moved back to Madison until 1874 when a vote was taken to move once again to the rapidly expanding Forrest City that began as a railroad construction camp for Nathan Bedford Forrest.<ref>History of St. Francis County, Arkansas 1954, Fred N. McCollum Sr., Publisher, Robert W. Chowning, Author, Published by the Times-Herald Publishing Company, Forrest City, Arkansas, 1954 pp. 8 and 10. Copy in the Arkansas Room, Forrest City Public Library.</ref><br>
  
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/IZARD.html Pioneer Time in St.Francis County Arkansas]
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After the original frame courthouse in Forrest City burned in 1874 a brick building was constructed that was used until the current building was built. Many of the earlier record books in the current courthouse are laminated derivatives and a number of originals are stored at the St. Francis County Museum, 603 Front Street, Forrest City, Arkansas.  
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/FAMILY/FAMILY.html Early Families]
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/TimesTitle.html Early Newspapers]
 
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*'''1827--'''St. Francis was created 13 October 1827&nbsp;from [[Phillips County, Arkansas|Phillips]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Forrest City <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1827--'''St. Francis was created 13 October 1827&nbsp;from [[Phillips County, Arkansas Genealogy|Phillips]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Forrest City <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== 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.
  
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/Arkhis.html ST.Francis County History]
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/Arkhis.html ST.Francis County History]
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==== Variant Spellings  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1865''', '''1860s''' (during Civil War), '''1874'''  Fire destroyed all county records.  Some deeds have been reconstructed back to the 1860s.
  
The county records have been burned three times. The first time was in Mt. Vernon in 1856. During the War Between the States the records were moved to a frame home in the woods. The woods caught fire and the home and records burned. After the records were moved from the brick courthouse in Madison in 1874 to a frame building in Forrest City, they were burned again, ostensibly by someone trying to destroy criminal evidence.<ref>History of St. Francis County, Arkansas 1954, ibid.</ref>&nbsp;
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== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, St. Francis, Cache Township|place|disp=Cache Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, St. Francis, Forrest City|place|disp=Forrest City}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, St. Francis, Palestine|place|disp=Palestine}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, St. Francis, Wheatley|place|disp=Wheatley}}
  
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Some deeds have been reconstructed back to the 1860's, but most county records begin in 1873 or 1874. &nbsp;
 
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
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See also:
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/HISTORICAL.html Historical Sites]
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/HISTORICAL.html Historical Sites]
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Crittenden County, Arkansas|Crittenden]]  
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[[Crittenden County, Arkansas Genealogy|Crittenden]] {{•}} [[Cross County, Arkansas Genealogy|Cross]] {{•}} [[Lee County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lee]] {{•}} [[Monroe County, Arkansas Genealogy|Monroe]] {{•}} [[Woodruff County, Arkansas Genealogy|Woodruff]]
*[[Cross County, Arkansas|Cross]]  
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<center>{{ARStFrancis County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Lee County, Arkansas|Lee]]  
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*[[Monroe County, Arkansas|Monroe]]  
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*[[Woodruff County, Arkansas|Woodruff]]
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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 St. Francis County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>Guy Lancaster, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=810&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 15, 2016), “St. Francis County.”</ref>
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
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==== African Americans  ====
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:*1867-1868 — ''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VRS-7M3%3A1076660302%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Madison] at [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only; Register of contracts, narative reports, letters
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biographies  ====
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*All of the [http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/arkansas-counties/st-francis-county-arkansas-genealogy-biographies.asp family biographies from St. Francis County, Arkansas] included in The Biographical and Historical Memoirs of St. Francis County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890 are available free online at My Genealogy Hound.
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==== Cemeteries ====
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| width="34%" bgcolor="#CFF3FF" | <center>'''Search for names of people'''<br>in St. Francis 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=154&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=56 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=154 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=56 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/index.htm Interment.net] As of  Dec. 23, 2014 no information.
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/st-francis-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/stfrancis/stfrancis.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/stfrancis.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/cemetery.htm ARGenWeb]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arcemete/stfrancis/stfrancis.htm RootsWeb]
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*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] No cemeteries listed.
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'''More cemetery lists'''
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Saint_Francis/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/st-francis/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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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=194691&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Arkansas%2C%20St.%20Francis%22 FamilySearch Records] Select "Cemeteries"
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**Also [[St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities and Towns|check towns]] for records
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=St.+Francis+county+Arkansas&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
  
== Resources  ==
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==== Cemeteries ====
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==== Census ====
  
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/Cemeteries.html List of Cemeteries]
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==== Church Records  ====
  
==== Church ====
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{{AR Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
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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-K66%3A353225401%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1862-1949] St. Frances 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 settlements 1865-1899; Administration bonds 1862-1892; Appraisements 1881-1944; Claims against estates 1865-1905; Executor bonds 1876-1949; Guardian bonds and letters 1887-1908; Probate records 1865-1886; Wills 1865-1931.
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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}}<br>
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/IZARD.html Pioneer Time in St.Francis County Arkansas]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/FAMILY/FAMILY.html Early Families]
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
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*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/arkansas-maps/ar-st-francis-county-arkansas-1889-map.html Map of 1889 St. Francis County, Arkansas] (My Genealogy Hound)
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/VET/VET.htm Veterans of St. Francis County]
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/VET/VET.htm Veterans of St. Francis County]
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===== Civil War  =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Company G
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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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==== Naturalization  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
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{{AR Newspapers|St.+Francis}}&nbsp;
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/TimesTitle.html Early Newspapers]
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/News.html Newspapers]
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/News.html Newspapers]
  
==== 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-K66%3A353225401%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1862-1949] St. Frances 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 settlements 1865-1899; Administration bonds 1862-1892; Appraisements 1881-1944; Claims against estates 1865-1905; Executor bonds 1876-1949; Guardian bonds and letters 1887-1908; Probate records 1865-1886; Wills 1865-1931.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AR Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{AR Vital Intro}}
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
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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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*'''1875 - 1923''' - St. Francis County Marriage Books D-N Index 1875-1923 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>
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*'''1875 - 1951''' - St. Francis County Marriage Books D-X Index 1875-1951 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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===== Death  =====
  
 
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/ar/stfrancis/webbbs_config.pl St. Francis County, Arkansas Obituary Collection] From GenealogyBuff.com ~ Free. From Various Funeral Homes in Forrest City, Hughes, Madison, Palestine, Wheatley, Widener, Caldwell, and Colt.
 
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/ar/stfrancis/webbbs_config.pl St. Francis County, Arkansas Obituary Collection] From GenealogyBuff.com ~ Free. From Various Funeral Homes in Forrest City, Hughes, Madison, Palestine, Wheatley, Widener, Caldwell, and Colt.
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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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 & Genealogical Societies]
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, St. Francis|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=St+Francis+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=st+francis+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<br>  ====
 
  
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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="30%" | [http://www.argenweb.net/stfrancis/ ARGenWeb]
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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/stfrancis/stfrancis.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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|}
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/StFrancis/ 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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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Saint_Francis/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/st-francis/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/st-francis-county/ StateofUS]
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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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*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+St%2E+Francis|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Saint_Francis/ St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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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%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=194691&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Arkansas%2C%20St.%20Francis%22 FamilySearch catalog]
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| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=st.+francis+county%2C+arkansas WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=st+francis+county%2C+arkansas&image.x=0&image.y=0 Allen County Public Library]
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| width="70%" | located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.ark-ives.com/documenting/county_records.aspx Arkansas History Commission]
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| width="70%" | AR state agency involved in organizing and maintaining state and local history of AR
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>'''See also''' [[{{PAGENAME}}#Genealogy_Societies_and_Libraries|local libraries]] and [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]]</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FAEBD7" colspan="3" | <center>'''Social networking sites pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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|width="30%"|[http://geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ GeneaBloggers]
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|width=""70%"| enter "arkansas" in the search box to see a list and links to Arkansas Blogs
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| width="30%" | [https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!search/arkansas$20genealogy$20|sort:relevance|spell:false Google+]
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| width="70%" |list of groups from "arkansas genealogy" search
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| width="30" | [https://www.facebook.com/search/str/arkansas%2520genealogy/groups-named Facebook]
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "Arkansas Genealogy" search
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|width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/saintfrancis/ genealogy.com]
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|width="70%" | St. Francis County, AR Genealogy Forum
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|width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties.stfrancis/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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|width="70%" | St. Francis County Message Board
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Latest revision as of 21:21, 28 February 2017

United States Gotoarrow.pngArkansasGotoarrow.png St. Francis County

Guide to St. Francis 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


St. Francis County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting St. Francis County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded October 13, 1827
County Seat Forrest City
Courthouse
ArkansasStFrancisCourthouse.jpg
Address Saint Francis County Courthouse
313 S Izard Street
Forrest City, AR 72335-3856
Phone: 870-261-1715



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County Courthouse

Saint Francis County Courthouse
313 S Izard Street
Forrest City, AR 72335-3856
Phone: 870-261-1715

County Clerk has marriage records from 1875, probate records from 1910 and tax records; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.[1]

Beginning years for St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1875 1914* 1872 1860 1910
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Government and Related Websites

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

History

When St. Francis County was formed in 1827 the county seat was temporarily located in the home of William Strong, a prominent citizen, until it could be moved to the new town of Franklin. It remained in Franklin until 1840 when it was moved to Madison. In 1855 it was moved to Mt. Vernon. In 1856 the courthouse burned and the county seat was moved back to Madison until 1874 when a vote was taken to move once again to the rapidly expanding Forrest City that began as a railroad construction camp for Nathan Bedford Forrest.[3]

After the original frame courthouse in Forrest City burned in 1874 a brick building was constructed that was used until the current building was built. Many of the earlier record books in the current courthouse are laminated derivatives and a number of originals are stored at the St. Francis County Museum, 603 Front Street, Forrest City, Arkansas.

Parent County

  • 1827--St. Francis was created 13 October 1827 from Phillips County.  County seat: Forrest City [4]

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

1865, 1860s (during Civil War), 1874 Fire destroyed all county records. Some deeds have been reconstructed back to the 1860s.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog


Populated Places

See also:

Neighboring Counties

Crittenden  • Cross  • Lee  • Monroe  • Woodruff

St. Francis CountyCross CountyCrittendenCountyWoodruff CountyPrairie CountyLee CountyWhite CountyPhillips CountyMonroe CountyJackson CountyArkansas CountyTunica CountyDeSoto CountyCoahoma CountyShelby CountyARStFrancis.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 St. Francis County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [5]

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

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

Genealogy

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1862-1949 St. Frances 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 settlements 1865-1899; Administration bonds 1862-1892; Appraisements 1881-1944; Claims against estates 1865-1905; Executor bonds 1876-1949; Guardian bonds and letters 1887-1908; Probate records 1865-1886; Wills 1865-1931.

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.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in St. Francis 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 St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy:


- 18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company G

Online Records

Naturalization

Newspapers

Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as St. Francis 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 St. Francis 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
Sites that search for links pertaining to St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy
RootsWeb resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
Arkansas History Commission AR state agency involved in organizing and maintaining state and local history of AR
See also local libraries and Arkansas Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy
GeneaBloggers enter "arkansas" in the search box to see a list and links to Arkansas Blogs
Google+ list of groups from "arkansas genealogy" search
Facebook list of groups from "Arkansas Genealogy" search
genealogy.com St. Francis County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com St. Francis County Message Board

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 70.
  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. History of St. Francis County, Arkansas 1954, Fred N. McCollum Sr., Publisher, Robert W. Chowning, Author, Published by the Times-Herald Publishing Company, Forrest City, Arkansas, 1954 pp. 8 and 10. Copy in the Arkansas Room, Forrest City Public Library.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Guy Lancaster, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=810&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 15, 2016), “St. Francis County.”
  6. 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.
  7. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.