Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy

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Conway County

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

County Facts
County seat: Morrilton
Organized: October 20, 1825
Parent County(s): Pulaski [1]
Neighboring Counties
Faulkner  • Perry  • Pope  • Van Buren  • Yell
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Location Map
Cedar Falls Trail, Petit Jean State Park Conway County, Arkansas

County Information


The county was named for Henry Wharton Conway, who was the territorial delegate to the U.S. Congress. The County Seat is Morrilton and was founded October 20, 1825.[2]It is located in the central of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Conway County Courthouse
117 South Moose Street;
Morrilton, AR 72110
Phone 501.354.9621
Conway County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1858 and probate records.
The Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and land records.[4]

Conway 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1858 1914* 1842 1825 1837 1830
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

  • 1899 - Fire about 1899 destroyed and damaged some records. Lewisburg, situated on the Arkansas River, was subject to periodic floods, also resulting in some record loss.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1825--Conway County was created 20 October 1825 from Pulaski County.
  • County seat: Morrilton[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

The following are locations in Conway 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 taken from the Conway County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [7]

  • 1803 - Up to about 1803 Conway County’s early settlers came by way of the Arkansas River and included trappers, traders, and fugitives.
  • 1803 The county was under French and Spanish rule before the Louisiana Purchase put it under American control.
  • 1825 October 20 - Conway County was created by the Arkansas General Assembly.
  • 1817-1828 - Tthe Western Cherokee occupied a reservation in Arkansas that included a great deal of Conway County.
  • 1828 - The Cherokee in Arkansas signed a treaty swapping this reservation for lands west of the territorial border.
  • 1872 - The Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad was completed through the county.
  • 1910 - The population of Conway County hit its peak.


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Conway, 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 1826-1937 Conway 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 bonds and letters 1859-1904; Probate record index 1840-1873; Probate records 1837-1886; Wills 1826-1937.

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.

  • Park, Hugh. Historical reminiscenses and biographical memoirs of Conway County, Arkansas. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976.
  • Historical Reminiscences and Biographical Memoirs of Conway County, Arkansas. Little Rock, AR: Arkansas Historical Publishing, 1890. Online at: ($)
  • Biographical and Historical Memoris of Conway County at ($)

Maps and Gazetteers

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Military Records

Civil War

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

- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Company I
- 10th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 36th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies F and I

Men from this county served in the 1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate),[8] Company I; 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[9] , Companies A, B, C, D, G, H, K, and L; 31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies C and G.[10]

Online Records

Naturalization and Citizenship


Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Conway 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

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.




Conway County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 865
Morrilton, Arkansas 72110

River Valley Genealogy Society
Farm Bureau Building
201 E. Shady Lane
Morrilton, Arkansas
Covers: Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pope, Yell and Van Buren counties.


  • 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


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”,
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Conway 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), Conway County, Arkansas. Page 67 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), 65.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Mary Ellen Guffey Brents, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, ( : accessed January 12, 2016), “Conway County.”
  8. Desmond Walls Allen, First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles (Conway, Ark.: privately published, 1988), 2.
  9. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry (Conway, Ark.: privately published, 1987), 33-92.
  10. Ronald R. Bass, History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry (Conway, Ark.: Arkansas Research, 1996), 12.
  11. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at