Miller County, Arkansas Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Texarkana
Organized: April 1, 1820
Parent County(s): Lafayette[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bossier (LA)  • Bowie (TX)  • Caddo (LA)  • Cass (TX)  • Hempstead  • Lafayette  • Little River
See County Maps
Location Map

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for James Miller, the first Governor of Arkansas Territory.[2] It is located in the southwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Miller County Courthouse
Vital Records
400 Laurel Street, Texarkana, AR 71854
Phone: 870-774-1501
Miller County Website

County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records from 1875;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.[4]

Miller County, Arkansas[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1875 1914 1874 1875 1875 1830
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until the 1920s

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1828 Fire burned the courthouse.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1820--Miller County was created 1 April 1820 from Lafayette County. It was abolished in 1836 and re-established in 1874. 
  • The county was named for James Miller, territorial governor of Arkansas.
  • County seat: Texarkana[6]

For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps" (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Unincorporated communities
  • Beech (Fouke)
  • Cleveland
  • Cut Off

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Miller County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [8]

  • 1778 - By this time, the Caddo Indians, who had inhabited the area, left their towns in the Great Bend region of southwest Arkansas.
  • 1700s - This area was claimed by the Quapaw
  • 1820 April 1 - The legislature established Miller County
  • 1838 - the first Miller County was abolished
  • 1850 - Interest in settling in this part of the state was slow to develop because the U.S. government had listed the area as “swamplands,” unfit for settlement, under the Swamp Lands Act of 1850.
  • 1874 December 22 - Miller County was reestablished.
  • 1874-1900 - The county’s population boomed, mainly in response to the railroad and the influx of immigrants and settlers.
  • 1940s - World War II boosted Miller County’s economy with two manufacturing facilities just over the state line: the Red River Army Ammunition Plant and the Lone Star Army Ammunition Depot.

Additional Information
The City of Texarkana is located in two states. In the middle of the city is a street called State Line Road which separates the city between Bowie County, Texas and Miller County, Arkansas. Texarkana is the county seat for Miller County, Arkansas, and a marriage license purchased in Miller County, Arkansas is not valid in the State of Texas.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Miller, Arkansas online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Arkansas Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 9,919
1890 14,714 48.3%
1900 17,558 19.3%
1910 19,555 11.4%
1920 24,021 22.8%
1930 30,586 27.3%
1940 31,874 4.2%
1950 32,614 2.3%
1960 31,686 −2.8%
1970 33,385 5.4%
1980 37,766 13.1%
1990 38,467 1.9%
2000 40,443 5.1%
2010 43,462 7.5%
Source: "".

The 1840 - 1870 censuses do not include old Miller County, since the county was discontinued in 1836. Possibilities to check:

1840, 1850, 1860: Lafayette, Hempstead, Sevier
1870: Lafayette

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Miller County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Little River CountyHempstead CountyNevada CountyLafayette CountyColumbia CountyBowie CountyCass CountyMarion CountyCaddo ParishBossier ParishWebster ParishAR MILLER.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]

Birth Records reveal
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In 1877, a few county and city clerks[9] started keeping birth and death records.

In 1914, the state law required all county clerks to record births and forward them to the state.


See also: • Arkansas Online Genealogy Records, • How to Find Arkansas Birth Records and • Arkansas Vital Records—Birth.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Voter Records[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Miller County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Arkansas Archives and Libraries.

Arkansas History Commission & State Archives
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: 501-682-6900

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Miller County. For state-wide library facilities, see Arkansas Archives and Libraries.

Texarkana Public Library
600 West Third Street
Texarkana, TX 75501-5054
Telephone 903-794-2149

Museums[edit | edit source]

Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives
Old Washington Historical State Park
Box 134
201 AR-195
Washington, AR 71862
Telephone: 870-983-2684 (Mon-Fri)
870-983-2733 (Sat-Sun)
Open 7 days a week 9:00a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
SARA offers a variety of research resources related to a 12-county region in southwest Arkansas that includes the counties of Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, Ouachita, Pike, Polk, Sevier and Union.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Miller County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Arkansas Societies.

Miller County Genealogical Society
PO Box 2323
Texarkana, TX 75504-2323

Arkansas Historical Association
History Department
University of Arkansas Ozark Hall, 12
416 N. Campus Drive, Old Main 416
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Telephone 501-575-5884

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • ARGenWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb Archives. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • RootsWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • Linkpendium. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • CyndisList. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Miller County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”,
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Miller County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Arkansas
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Miller County, Arkansas. Page 69 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 66.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Miller County, Arkansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Arkansas, accessed 5 September 2018.
  8. Beverly J. Rowe, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, ( : accessed January 14, 2016), “Miller County.”
  9. such as Sebastian County (Fort Smith) and Pulaski County (Little Rock) (No entry in FamilySearch Catalog found for Pulaski County nor for Little Rock, Aug 2014)
  10. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at