Sharp County, Arkansas Genealogy

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Sharp County

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

County Facts
County seat: Ash Flat
Organized: July 18, 1868
Parent County(s): Lawrence[1]
Neighboring Counties
Fulton  • Independence  • Izard  • Lawrence  • Oregon (MO)  • Randolph
See County Maps
Location Map

County Information


The county was named for Ephraim Sharp, a state legislator from the area. The County Seat is Ash Flat and was founded July 18, 1868. It is located in the northeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Sharp County Courthouse
P.O. Box 307
Ash Flat, AR 72513
Phone: 870.994.7338
Sharp County Website

County Clerk has probate, divorce, court and land records from 1880[3]

Sharp 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* 1880 1914* 1880 1880 1880
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

1880 Fire on January 20, 1880 destroyed all the county records. Marriages dated prior to the fire may be found in the Sharp County Record newspaper.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1868--Sharp County was created 18 July 1868 from Lawrence County. 
  • County seat: Ash Flat[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 Sharp 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 Arkansas County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [6]


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Sharp, 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

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Sharp CountyFulton CountyRandolph CountyLawrence CountyIndependence CountyJackson CountyCraighead CountyStone CountyIzard CountyHowell CountyOregon CountyRipley CountyARSharp.JPG


Military Records

Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship


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


Other Records


Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records

See also How to order Arkansas 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.





  • 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Sharp 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. Nancy Orr, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, ( accessed January 15, 2016), “Sharp County.”
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  8. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.