Scott County, Arkansas Genealogy

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United States
Arkansas
Scott County
 

Guide to Scott 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: Waldron
Organized: November 5, 1833
Parent County(s): Pulaski, Crawford, and Pope[1]
Neighboring Counties
LeFlore (OK)  • Logan  • Montgomery  • Polk  • Sebastian  • Yell
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The county was named for Andrew Scott, a justice of the Supreme Court of the Arkansas Territory. The County Seat is Benton and was founded November 5, 1833.[2] It is located in the west central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Scott County Courthouse
100 W 1 St Ste 1;
Waldron, AR 72958
Phone: 501.637.2155
Scott County Website

County and and Circuit Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, land and court records from 1882.[4]

Scott 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* 1882 1914* 1882 1882 1882 1830
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

1882 A courthouse fire on 22 May 1882 destroyed all county records.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1833--Scott County was created 5 November 1833 from Pulaski, Crawford, and Pope Counties.
  • County seat: Waldron[6]

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 the county:[7]

Cities
Townships
  • Black Fork
  • Blansett
  • Brawley
  • Cauthron
  • Cedar
  • Coal
  • Denton
  • Hickman (Waldron)
  • Hon
  • Hunt
  • James
  • Jones
  • Keener
  • La Faye
  • Lafayette
  • Lamb
  • Lewis (Mansfield)
  • Mill Creek
  • Mountain
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Oliver
  • Parks
  • Tate
  • Tomlinson


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

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Scott, 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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1840 1,694
1850 3,083 82.0%
1860 5,145 66.9%
1870 7,483 45.4%
1880 9,174 22.6%
1890 12,635 37.7%
1900 13,183 4.3%
1910 14,302 8.5%
1920 13,232 −7.5%
1930 11,803 −10.8%
1940 13,300 12.7%
1950 10,057 −24.4%
1960 7,297 −27.4%
1970 8,207 12.5%
1980 9,685 18.0%
1990 10,205 5.4%
2000 10,996 7.8%
2010 11,233 2.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

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.

  • History of Scott County, Arkansas by Henry Grady McCutchen. Available on Archive.org
  • O'Nale, John Paul. Slavery in Scott County, Arkansas. Arkansas : s.n., 19--
  • Memphis riots and massacres. Washington, D.C.: G.P.O., 1866. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Revolutionary War

  • 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, Scott County on page 191.]

Civil War

  • History of Scott County, Arkansas by Henry Grady McCutchen Chapter VI

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

- 1st Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Stirman's) (Confederate), Company H
- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Volunteers (Confederate), Company D
- 2nd Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate), Companies A and I
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[9], Company E

Online Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

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

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 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

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Scott County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ark/scott/
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Scott County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_County,_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), Scott 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, "Scott County, Arkansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_County,_Arkansas, accessed 27 September 2018.
  8. Wes Goodner, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=805&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 15, 2016), “Scott County.”
  9. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  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 https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d7/Arkansasnz.pdf.