Chicot County, Arkansas Genealogy

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Chicot County

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

County Facts
County seat: Lake Village
Organized: October 25, 1823
Parent County(s): Arkansas [1]
Neighboring Counties
Ashley  • Bolivar (MS)  • Desha  • Drew  • East Carroll (LA)  • Issaquena (MS)  • Morehouse (LA)  • Washington (MS)  • West Carroll (LA)
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Location Map

County Information


The county was named is of French origin, which is translated to stumpy, or knobby. The County Seat is Lake Village and was founded October 25, 1823. It is located in the southeast area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse

Chicot County Courthouse
108 Main Street
Lake Village, AR 71653
Phone: 870.265.8000
Chicot County website

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1839.
Clerk Circuit Court has court records Court has court records from 1824, along with land and divorce records.[3]

Chicot County, Arkansas

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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1840 1914* 1824 1823 1839
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1823--Chicot County was created 25 October 1823 from Arkansas County. 
  • County seat: Lake Village[5]

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

The following are locations in Chicot County, Arkansas:

History Timeline

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Chicot County on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture[6]

  • 1823 - October, The county was carved out of Arkansas County by the territorial legislature.
  • 1900 - Before this time, none of the towns in the county experienced much growth.
  • 1900-1910 - The population of Chicot County significantly rose, however, from 1900 to 1910. This was due in large part to the coming of the Memphis, Helena, Louisiana Railroad to Lake Village in 1903.
  • 1927 - The economic growth was cut short by the Flood of 1927, which put nearly thirteen percent of the state under water. Since most people in the county were farmers, they were hurt most by the flood.
  • 1942, October-1944, June - During World War II, two of the ten internment camps in the nation for Japanese Americans were located in southeast Arkansas, and one of these was located in Chicot County.


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


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

Census Records

Church Records

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

African Americans

Funeral Homes



  • Probate Records 1839-1931 Chicot County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Dockets 1874-1878; Executor and guardian bonds 1878-1915; Administration bonds 1839-1877; Administration bonds and letters 1840-1931; Letters of administration 1869-1926 ; Letters of guardianship 1865-1913; Minutes 1839-1860; Probate records 1860-1893; Wills, miscellaneous probate records 1840-1930.

Land and Property Records

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: ($)

Maps and Gazetteers

Click on a neighboring county to go to the wiki page.
Chicot CountyAshley CountyDrew CountyDesha CountyLincoln CountyBradley CountyCleveland CountyBolivar CountyWashington CountyIssaquena CountySharkey CountySunflower CountyHumphreys CountyWarren CountyEast Carroll ParishWest Carroll ParishMorehouse ParishRichland ParishMadison ParishARChicot.JPG


Military Records

Civil War

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

- 8th Battalion, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company B

Men from this county served in the 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Calvary (Union)[7], Company C; and the 1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate)[8], Company A.

Online Records

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Chicot County.

  • June 6, 1864 = Old River Lake, also known as Ditch Bayou, Lake Chicot, Lake Village, Furlough, Fish Bayou, or Grand Lake[9]
  • Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.

Naturalization and Citizenship


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


Other Records


Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records





Research Facilities


Family History Centers

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  • 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 ($)
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  • 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


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Chicot County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Arkansas
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 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.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Scott Cashion, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, ( : accessed January 6, 2016), “Chicot County.”
  7. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, 1987), pp. 33-92 FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  8. Desmond Walls Allen, First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, 1988), p. 2 FHL book 976.7 M2a
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August, 2012)
  10. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at