Marion County, Arkansas Genealogy

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Marion County
 

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

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County Facts
County seat: Yellville
Organized: November 3, 1835
Parent County(s): Izard[1]
Neighboring Counties
Baxter  • Boone  • Ozark (MO)  • Searcy  • Taney (MO)
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White River near Flippin, Marion County, Arkansas

County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Marion County Courthouse
Hwy 62
P.O. Box 545
Yellville, AR 72687
Phone: 870.449.6226
Marion County Website

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land  records from 1888.[2]
The ARGenweb Project has information on The Burning of the Courthouse, How to Order Copies from the Courthouse and more.

Marion County, Arkansas

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1887 1914* 1887 1887 1887
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

1888 A courthouse fire destroyed many records.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1835--Marion County was created 3 November 1835 from Izard County. 
  • County seat: Yellville[4]
  • Timeline of Marion Co's history including boundary changes, per ARGenWeb

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.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Marion County, Arkansas:

Townships

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 Marion County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [5]

  • 1815-1820 - The first white person believed to have been born in Marion County was A. S. “Uncle Bud” Wood, son of William Wood who moved from Tennessee to Marion County as a young man.
  • 1820s or 1830s - One of the earliest white families of settlers in Marion County was Mike Yocum and his three brothers, Jess, Solomon, and Jake. These four men came to America from Germany and settled at the mouth of the Little North Fork of White River.
  • 1835 - Marion County was created from a portion of the western part of Izard County, although it was immediately renamed Searcy County by the Territorial General Assembly.
  • 1836 September 29 - The First General Assembly of Arkansas received a petition from the county requesting the name be reverted to Marion County.
  • 1861-1865 - As more and more men were recruited and left home, the county saw an influx of men from other areas who sought to evade service and, banding together, began to plunder the largely defenseless homes and farms.
  • 1800s (late) - The population of the county grew dramatically when valuable metal ores began to be mined late in the nineteenth century.
  • 1900-1930 - When the mining industry declined, people began to leave Marion County, seeking jobs elsewhere. The Great Depression increased the exodus from the county.

Additional Information

Francis Marion.JPG

The county is named after "The Swamp Fox" Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (c1732-1795).[6]

Resources

Link to available resources for Marion Co: 

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Marion County, 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

  Link to cemetery location maps and cemeteries in Marion Co: . Before Bull Shoals Dam was built the Corp of Engineers inventoried and moved many cemeteries. A list of the cemeteries moved, information from tombstones and information on the cemetery the interments were moved to are found in this section. Pleasant Ridge cemetery's burials and, when available, obituaries are also found here.

Census Records

Abstracts of Marion Co Census Records: 

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Index to Deed Records: 

Original land owners & plats: 

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 and Gazetteers

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Marion CountyBaxter CountyIzard CountyStone CountyFulton CountySearcy CountyNewton CountyBoone CountyCarroll CountyStone CountyOzark CountyTaney CountyARMarion.JPG

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

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

- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[7]
- 1st Cavalry Battalion (Regiment), Arkansas Cavalry (Stirman's) (Cavalry)[8], Companies A and B
- 5th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Captain James R. Dowd's company
- 7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 14th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Powers') (Confederate)
- 27th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies A, E and K

Online Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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


Abstracts from Mt Echo Newspapers: MARION COUNTY AR NEWSPAPERS

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records

Birth

  • 1947 - 1964 - Marion County Birth Index 1947-1964. Batch C750734 at FamilySearch - free.[9]

Marriage

Death

Link to obituaries: Argenweb Includes obituaries or death information found in early newspapers from the 1800s and 1900s, plus current obituaries beginning in 2000.

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Link to Genealogy Society: argenweb.net/marion/historicalsociety.html and society's Newsletter argenweb.net/marion/bramblebush/index.html

Marion County Genealogy Society Marion County Library,
Yellville, Arkansas

Websites

  • 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

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 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.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Sherry Sanders-Gray, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=789&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=: accessed January 14, 2016), “Marion County.”
  6. "Francis Marion," Wikipedia.
  7. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  8. Desmond Walls Allen, The Seventh Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988) FHL book 976.7 M22adw
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf.
  10. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.