Yell County, Arkansas Genealogy

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Yell County

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

County Facts
County seat: Danville
Organized: December 5, 1840
Parent County(s): Pope and Scott[1]
Neighboring Counties
Conway  • Garland  • Logan  • Montgomery  • Perry  • Pope  • Scott
See County Maps
Location Map

County Information


County Courthouse

Yell County Courthouse
P.O. Box 219;
Danville, AR 72833-0219
Phone: 501.495.2630
Yell County Website

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, land, and court records from 1865[2]

Yell 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1865 1914* 1865 1849 1858
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

1860s Some records destroyed during the Civil War. Records available are: Probate records from May 7, 1858 to February 10, 1862; marriage records from July 23, 1841 to March 24, 1849; and deed records from March 2, 1841 to December 4, 1848.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1840--Yell County was created 5 December 1840 from Pope and Scott Counties.
  • County seat: Danville[4]

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 Yell 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 Yell History and Culture. [5]


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of yell, 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



  • Probate Records 1865-1943 Yell County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 : Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Accounts 1876-1905; Administration and guardian dockets 1866-1890; Administration bonds and letters 1865-1913; Dockets 1866-1873; Guardian bonds 1876-1913; Probate records 1858-1888; Wills 1872-1943.

Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Yell 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.

  • Banks, Wayne. History of Yell County, Arkansas. Van Buren, Arkansas : Press-Argus, 1959.
  • Mount Nebo : near Dardanelle in Yell County. Salt Lake City : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2013.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Yell CountyLogan CountyConway CountyPope CountyPerry CountyGarland CountyMontgomery CountyScott CountyAR YELL 1.JPG
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Military Records

Yell County Military

Civil War

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

- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate)[6], Company H
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Company K
- 11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's) (Confederate)
- 31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate),
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[7], Companies A, C, D, E, F, H, and S

Online Records

Naturalization and Citizenship


Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Yell 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.




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


  • 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. 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. Mildred Diane Gleason, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, ( : accessed January 18, 2016), “Yell County.”
  6. Desmond Walls Allen, First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988), p. 2. FHL book 976.7 M2a
  7. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  9. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.