Saline County, Arkansas Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Benton
Organized: November 2, 1835
Parent County(s): Pulaski and Hempstead[1]
Neighboring Counties
Perry County  • Pulaski County  • Grant County  • Hot Spring County  • Garland
See County Maps
Location Map

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the salt water springs in the area.[2] It is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Saline County Courthouse
215 North Main Ste 9;
Benton, AR 72015
Phone: 501.303.5630
Saline County Website

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1836 and land records from 1871.[4]

Saline 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 1836 1914 1836 1871 1836 1830
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until the 1920s

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1835--Saline County was created 2 November 1835 from Pulaski and Hempstead Counties. 
  • County seat: Benton[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
Census-designated places

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 Saline County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [8]

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 Saline, 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.
1840 2,061
1850 3,903 89.4%
1860 6,640 70.1%
1870 3,911 −41.1%
1880 8,953 128.9%
1890 11,311 26.3%
1900 13,122 16.0%
1910 16,657 26.9%
1920 16,781 0.7%
1930 15,660 −6.7%
1940 19,163 22.4%
1950 23,816 24.3%
1960 28,956 21.6%
1970 36,107 24.7%
1980 53,161 47.2%
1990 64,183 20.7%
2000 83,529 30.1%
2010 107,118 28.2%
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Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1836-1875 Court Records, 1836-1875(*); County Court at FamilySearch Catalog — images
  • 1836-1895 Court Records, 1836-1895(*); Circuit Court at FamilySearch Catalog — index & images
  • 1841-1952 Court Records, 1841-1952(*); Chancery Court at FamilySearch Catalog — index & images
  • Abstract of the Saline County, Arkansas Circuit Court Common Law Books. 1990. By Landreth, Eddie G. Bryant, Arkansas : Saline County History and Heritage Society, Inc. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Saline County, Arkansas County Court Record Book, Volume 1. 1988. By Crawford, Sybil F. Bryant, Arkansas : Saline County History and Heritage Society. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Saline County, Arkansas County Court Record Book, Volume 3. 1989. By Crawford, Sybil F. Bryant, Arkansas : Saline County History and Heritage Society. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.

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]

  • Probate Records 1836-1955 Saline County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images) - How to Use this Collection
    • Includes Administration bonds 1850-1862; Administration bonds and letters 1870-1904; Administration records index 1862-1870; County Court records 1836-1848; Dockets 1839-1891; Executor records 1862-1951; Guardian bonds and letters 1861-1922; Probate records 1836-1955; Wills 1842-1861.

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Saline 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]

Perry CountyPulaski CountyGrant CountyHot Spring CountyGarland CountyAR SALINE.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Saline County on page 191.]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Men in Saline County served in various regiments and companies. Those listed below were specifically formed in this county:

- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Colquitt's) (Confederate)
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Company C
- 6th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Company H
- 11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[9], Companies A, C, and L

Online Records

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 Saline 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[10] 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 Saline County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Arkansas Archives and Libraries.

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 Saline County. For state-wide library facilities, see Arkansas Archives and Libraries.

Saline County Public Library
1800 Smithers Dr
Benton, AR 72015
Telephone 501-778-4766

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Saline County Genealogy Page

Saline County History & Heritage Society
123 N. Market Street
Benton, AR 72015
Facebook: Saline County History & Heritage Society, Inc.

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 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 ($)
  • CyndisList. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • 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, “Saline County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”,
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Saline 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), Saline County, Arkansas. Page 70 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), 67.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Saline County, Arkansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Arkansas, accessed 27 September 2018.
  8. Eddie G. Landreth, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, ( : accessed January 15, 2016), “Saline County.”
  9. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  10. 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)
  11. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at