Searcy County, Arkansas Genealogy

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Searcy County

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

County Facts
County seat: Marshall
Organized: December 13, 1838
Parent County(s): Marion[1]
Neighboring Counties
Baxter  • Boone  • Marion  • Newton  • Pope  • Stone  • Van Buren
See County Maps
Location Map
Richland Creek Wilderness Ben Hur, Searcy CO., Arkansas

County Information


The county was named for Richard Searcy, the first clerk and judge in the Arkansas Territory.[2] It is located in the north central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Searcy County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 297
Marshall, AR 72650-0297
Phone: 870.448.3354
Searcy County Website

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1881 and land records from 1866.[4]

Searcy 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* 1881 1914* 1881 1866 1881 1830
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

1864, 1877, 1885 Records destroyed in January 1864, partially destroyed in March 1877, and again in August 1885. All records prior to 1881 are missing except deed record A, one chancery court record, one probate court record, one circuit court record.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1838--Searcy County was created 13 December 1838 from Marion County.
  • County seat: Marshall[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

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]


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


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Searcy, 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 936
1850 1,979 111.4%
1860 5,271 166.3%
1870 5,614 6.5%
1880 7,278 29.6%
1890 9,664 32.8%
1900 11,988 24.0%
1910 14,825 23.7%
1920 14,590 −1.6%
1930 11,056 −24.2%
1940 11,942 8.0%
1950 10,424 −12.7%
1960 8,124 −22.1%
1970 7,731 −4.8%
1980 8,847 14.4%
1990 7,841 −11.4%
2000 8,261 5.4%
2010 8,195 −0.8%
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Church Records

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



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.

  • Clemons, Veda. Searcy County, Arkansas : a history of Searcy County, Arkansas, and its people. Marshall, Arkansas : Searcy County Retired Teachers Association, c1987.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Military Records

Civil War

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

- 14th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Powers') (Confederate)
- 16th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 27th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)[9]
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[10] Companies A, D, K, H, I, and M

Online Records

Naturalization and Citizenship


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


Other Records


Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records


Birth Records reveal
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In 1877, a few county and city clerks[11] 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.



  • 1919 - 1921 - Searcy County Death Index 1919-1921. Batch B749472 at FamilySearch - free.


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.





  • 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


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Searcy County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”,
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Searcy 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), Searcy 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, "Searcy County, Arkansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Arkansas, accessed 27 September 2018.
  8. James J. Johnston, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, ( : accessed January 15, 2016), “Searcy County.”
  9. Arkansas, Adjutant General's Office, Report of the Adjutant General of Arkansas, for the period of the late rebellion, and to November 1, 1866, (Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, c1990) FHL Collection
  10. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  11. 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)
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  13. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.