Van Buren County, Arkansas Genealogy

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Arkansas
Van Buren County
 

Guide to Van Buren 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: Clinton
Organized: November 11, 1833
Parent County(s): Independence, Conway, and Izard [1]
Neighboring Counties
Cleburne  • Conway  • Faulkner  • Pope  • Searcy  • Stone
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption
1920 Ozark landscape by Frank Nuderscher, Arkansas

County Information

Description

The county is named after President Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) who was serving as United States Vice President at the time of the county's formation.[2]

County Courthouse

Van Buren County Courthouse
Main & Briggs;
Clinton, AR 72031
Phone: 501.745.4140
Van Buren County Website

County Clerk has marriage, court and land records from 1859, divorce records from 1874 and probate records from 1860[3]

Van Buren County, Arkansas

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1859 1914* 1859 1855 1859
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

1863 Nearly all county records were destroyed by fire.

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

Boundary Changes

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 Van Buren 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 Van Buren County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [6]

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Van Buren 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

  Billion Graves Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)

Census Records

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Click on a neighboring county to go to the wiki page.
Newton CountyVan Buren CountyMarion CountySearcy CountyStone CountyBaxter CountyIndependence CountyIzard CountyCleburne CountyWhite CountyLonoke CountyFaulkner CountyConway CountyYell CountyPerry CountyJohnson CountyPope CountyARVan Buren.JPG


Migration

Military Records

Civil War

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

- 1st Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Stirman's) (Confederate), Company C
- 10th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate),
- 16th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company F
31th Regiment, Arkansas Confederate Infantry, Companies B, D, and F [7]
- 31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry
- 36th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union), Companies B, G, H, I, and M

Online Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records

See also How to order Arkansas 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

River Valley Genealogy Society Researchers interested in CONWAY, FAULKNER, PERRY, POPE, YELL AND VAN BUREN COUNTIES.
Farm Bureau Building
201 E. Shady Lane
Morrilton, 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 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. "Martin Van Buren," Wikipedia.
  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. Sharon Baker, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=817&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 15, 2016, “Van Buren County.”
  7. Ronald R. Bass, History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1996), p. 12 FHL book 976.7 M2ba
  8. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  9. 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.