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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Ashley_County,_Arkansas|Ashley County]]''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Ashley County'''  
  
Guide to '''Ashley County Arkansas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Ashley 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 Information ==
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=== Description ===
  
| county = Ashley County
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{AR Courthouse Intro|Ashley}}
  
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'''Ashley County Courthouse'''<br>215 E Jefferson Street<br>Hamburg, AR 71646<br>Phone: 870.853.2020 <br>[http://ashleycounty.arkansas.gov/ Ashley County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has marriage,&nbsp;probate, and land records&nbsp;from 1848.&nbsp;<br>Clerk Circuit Court&nbsp;has divorce records.<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 66.</ref>
  
| state = Arkansas
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=== Ashley County, Arkansas Record Dates  ===
  
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| width="77%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref></center>
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| width="11%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ashley County, Arkansas Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="11%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ashley County, Arkansas Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="11%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ashley County, Arkansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="11%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ashley County, Arkansas Genealogy#Land|Land]]'''
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| width="11%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ashley County, Arkansas Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="11%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ashley County, Arkansas Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="11%" align="center" | 1914
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| width="11%" align="center" | 1848
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| width="11%" align="center" | 1849
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| colspan="7" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's</center>
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| founded year = 1848
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=== Record Loss  ===
  
| founded date = November 30
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*'''1921''' -  A courthouse fire in 1921 destroyed most of the county's records.
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{{Fire+}}
  
| seat wl = Hamburg
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
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{{AR Boundary Changes Intro|Ashley}}
  
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*'''1848--'''Ashley County was created 30 November 1848&nbsp;from [[Chicot County, Arkansas Genealogy|Chicot]], [[Union County, Arkansas Genealogy|Union]] and [[Drew County, Arkansas Genealogy|Drew]] Counties.
  
| building address = [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/AR_Ashley.htm Ashley County Courthouse]<br>215 E Jefferson Street<br>Hamburg, AR 71646<br>Phone: 870.853.2020 <br>
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'''County seat:''' Hamburg <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
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{{AR Newberry Boundaries|ASHLEY}} For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps"] (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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== County Courthouse ==
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=== Cities and Towns ===
  
[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/AR_Ashley.htm Ashley County Courthouse]<br>215 E Jefferson Street<br>Hamburg, AR 71646<br>Phone: 870.853.2020 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1848, <br>probate and land records; Clerk Circuit Court<br>has divorce records<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 66.</ref>
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*Click {{FHL Place IDNum|194438|Arkansas|Ashley}} and select the link '''''Places within...''''' for cities and towns (most counties)
  
== History  ==
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'''Populated Places'''<br>
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:*Hamburg
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:*Portland
  
==== Parent County  ====
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*'''1848--'''Ashley County was created 30 November 1848&nbsp;from [[Chicot County, Arkansas|Chicot]], [[Union County, Arkansas|Union]] and [[Drew County, Arkansas|Drew]] Counties.
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= November 30, 1848
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|county= Ashley County
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|county seat= Hamburg
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|parent county= [[Drew County, Arkansas Genealogy|Drew]]
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|county1= [[Bradley County, Arkansas Genealogy|Bradley]]
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|county2= [[Chicot County, Arkansas Genealogy|Chicot]]
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|county3= [[Drew County, Arkansas Genealogy|Drew]]
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|county4= [[Union County, Arkansas Genealogy|Union]]
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|county5= [[Morehouse Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Morehouse (LA)]]
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|county6= [[West Carroll Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|West Carroll (LA)]]
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|county7= [[East Carroll Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|East Carroll (LA)]]
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|county courthouse= [[File:ArkansasAshleyCourthouse.jpg]]
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|county location in state= [[Image:Ar-ashley.png|185x185px]]
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'''County seat:''' Hamburg <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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==== Boundary Changes ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{AR Historical Timeline Intro|Ashley}}
  
See an interactive map of Ashley County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes] at N2Genealogy.
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Events below were gleaned from the Ashley County section of Deirdre Kelley & Bill Norman, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=746&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture'']
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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*By AD 1700, the area had no permanent villages.
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*1818 - The Quapaw ceded what would be Ashley County to the United States government.
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*1826 - When U.S. surveyor Nicholas Rightor entered the Arkansas Territory , he found settlers who had come to a land that they found to be abundantly fertile and in which game and fish were plentiful.
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*1848 - November 30 - Ashley County was organized.
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*1855 - By this time, many farms were producing cotton, corn, wheat, potatoes, and livestock. Timber was rafted down the Saline River.
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*Ashley County experienced solid growth in the years leading up to the Civil War. From a population of 2,058 in 1850, the county had grown to 8,590 in 1860. The Civil War interrupted this growth, so that by 1870, the population had dropped to 8,042.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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*Congress’s 1867 passage of “An Act for the More Efficient Government of the Rebel States” divided the South into five districts and implemented martial law in 1868.
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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*1868 - When the Fourteenth Amendment was passed , Arkansas refused to ratify it.
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*1890's - The beginning of what was to become one of Arkansas’s most important economic developments: the wood products industry.
  
*[[Bradley County, Arkansas|Bradley]]
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== Resources  ==
*[[Chicot County, Arkansas|Chicot]]
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*[[Drew County, Arkansas|Drew]]
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{{AR Resources Intro}}
*[[Morehouse Parish, Louisiana|Morehouse Parish, Louisiana]]
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*[[Union County, Arkansas|Union]]
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=== Bible Records  ===
*[[Union Parish, Louisiana|Union Parish, Louisiana]]
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*[[West Carroll Parish, Louisiana|West Carroll Parish, Louisiana]]
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{{AR Bible Intro|Ashley}}
  
== Resources ==
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=== Biographies ===
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{{AR Biographies Intro|Ashley}}
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*''Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas''. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890 — Online at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7192 Ancestry.com] $
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations  ===
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{{AR Business Records Intro|Ashley}}
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=== Cemeteries  ===
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{{AR Cemeteries Intro|Ashley}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Ashley County, Arkansas''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Online search''' for people in the county</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=4&GScnty=94&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Find A Grave] Findagrave Name Search
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=65 Arkansas Gravestones] enter a name and click "Search"
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#given_names=&family_names=smith&birth_year=&death_year=&year_range=5&lim=0&num=10&action=search&exact=true&phonetic=false&record_type=0&country=United+States&state=Arkansas&county=0 Billion Graves] Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Select a cemetery''' and search it for nearby relatives</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=94 Find A Grave] Cemetery Search.
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=65 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/ashley.htm Interment.net]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/ashley-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/ashley/ashley.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/ashley.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/ashley/cemetery.html ARGenWeb]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/ashley/ashley.htm RootsWeb]
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*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
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*{{FHL|528741|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} 
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Ashley+county+Arkansas=Ashley+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Ashley County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Arkansas Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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=== Census Records  ===
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{{AR Census Intro|Ashley}}
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=== Church Records  ===
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{{AR Church Intro|Ashley}}
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=== Court Records  ===
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{{AR Court Intro|Ashley}}
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*Court records began in 1849 <ref>Alice Eichholz, ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref>
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=== Directories  ===
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{{AR Directories Intro|Ashley}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{AR Emigration Intro}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups  ===
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{{AR Ethnic Groups Intro}}
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==== African Americans  ====
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{{AR African Americans Intro}}
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:*1865-1868 — ''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VRS-VZZ%3A1076659602%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Hamburg] at [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only;'' Register of contracts, letters
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{AR Funeral Homes Intro|Ashley}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{AR Genealogies Intro|Ashley}}
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=== Guardianship  ===
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{{AR Guardianship Intro|Ashley}}
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*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979|access=browse}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images; includes guardianships
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=== Land and Property Records  ===
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{AR Land Intro|Ashley}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Local Histories ===
  
==== Court  ====
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{{AR Histories Intro|Ashley}}
  
==== Land  ====
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*Etheridge, Y. W. ''History of Ashley County, Arkansas''. Van Buren, Ark.&nbsp;: Press-Argus, 1959.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE84009 FamilySearch] (Free); and at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25500 Ancestry.com] ($/Free<ref>May be used for free at a Family History Center. To locate a center near you, [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator click here].</ref>)
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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*''Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas''. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890.
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**Online at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7192 Ancestry.com] ($/Free<ref>May be used for free at a Family History Center. To locate a center near you, [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator click here].</ref>)
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*See also [[Ashley County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities_and_towns|Cities and towns]] for resources in the FamilySearch Catalog
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers  ===
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{{AR Maps Intro}}
  
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{{AR Neighboring Counties Intro|{{ARAshley County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}}}
 
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of Ashley County, Arkansas] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of Ashley County, Arkansas] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Migration  ===
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{{AR Migration Intro}}
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=== Military Records ===
  
===== '''''Civil War''''' =====
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{{AR Military Intro}}
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==== Civil War  ====
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{{AR Civil War Intro|Ashley}}
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{{AR Civil War Regiments|Ashley}}
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:- [[2nd Battalion, Arkansas Calvalry (Confederate)|2nd Battalion, Arkansas Calvalry&nbsp;(Confederate) ]], Company E
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:- [[3rd Consolidated Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|3rd Consolidated Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]
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:- [[8th Battalion, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|8th Battalion, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]], Company F
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:- [[8th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|8th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]
  
 
Men from this county served in the [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate).]]  
 
Men from this county served in the [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate).]]  
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Captain Calvin L. Collier. ''They'll Do To Tie To'' by , USAF (Little Rock, Arkansas: Civil War Round Table Associates, 1959) p. 10
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'''Online Records'''
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932392|Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
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*Captain Calvin L. Collier. ''They'll Do To Tie To'' by , USAF (Little Rock, Arkansas: Civil War Round Table Associates, 1959) p. 10&nbsp;
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
  
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AR Naturalization Intro}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Newspapers  ===
  
===== Marriage  =====
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{{AR Newspapers Intro|Ashley}}
  
*'''1848-1920''' - Ashley County Marriage Books AA-T Index 1848-1920 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.</ref>
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=== Obituaries  ===
*'''1913-1951''' - Arkansas County Marriage Books AA-T, 1-18 Index 1913-1951 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc">FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "[[Arkansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]," in ''FamilySearch Wiki,'' accessed 18 April 2013.</ref>
 
  
[[Category:IGIcheck]]
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{{AR Obituaries Intro|Ashley}}
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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=== Other Records ===
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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{{AR Other Records Intro}}
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=== Periodicals  ===
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{{AR Periodicals Intro|Ashley}}
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=== Probate Records  ===
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{{AR Probate Intro|Ashley}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1783 – 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8638 Arkansas Wills and Probate Records 1783-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979|access=browse}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images; includes guardianships
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=== School Records  ===
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{{AR Schools Intro}}
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=== Tax Records  ===
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[[Image:768px-American Alligator.jpg|thumb|right|120px|<center>
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Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge is home to the American Alligator it is located in South-central Arkansas (Ashley County), Bradley, and Union Counties.</center>]]
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{{AR Tax Intro|Ashley}}
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=== Vital Records  ===
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{{AR Vital Intro|Ashley}}
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==== Birth  ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Birth Intro|Ashley}}
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==== Marriage  ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Ashley}}
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*'''1837 - 1957''' — {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch Historical Records] — Free; Index
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*'''1848 - 1920''' - Ashley County Marriage Books AA-T Index 1848-1920 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igiarkansasad.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1913 - 1951''' - Arkansas County Marriage Books AA-T, 1-18 Index 1913-1951 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc">FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "[[Arkansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]," in ''FamilySearch Wiki,'' accessed 18 April 2013.</ref>
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==== Death  ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Death Intro|Ashley}}
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==== Divorce  ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Ashley}}
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== Research Facilities  ==
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{{AR Research Facilities Intro|Ashley}}
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=== Archives  ===
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{{AR Archives Intro}}
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=== Family History Centers  ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Libraries  ===
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{{AR Libraries Intro|Ashley}}
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*Major catalogs for books, microfilm, or collections pertaining to Ashley County
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**{{FHL Place IDNum|194438|Arkansas|Ashley}} - Select '''''Places within...''''' for cities and towns
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**[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Ashley+county%2C+arkansas&qt=results_page WorldCat] - Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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**[http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=ashley+county%2C+arkansas&te=ILS Allen County Public Library] - Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
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**[http://www.ark-ives.com/documenting/county_records.aspx Arkansas History Commission] Select the county - Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
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**Local libraries and [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]] may suggest other catalogs
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=== Museums  ===
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{{AR Museums Intro}}
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== Societies  ==
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{{AR Societies Intro|Ashley}}
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== Websites ==
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{{AR Websites Intro|Ashley}}
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Latest revision as of 19:37, 23 August 2017

United StatesGotoarrow.png Arkansas Gotoarrow.png Ashley County

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


County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Ashley County Courthouse
215 E Jefferson Street
Hamburg, AR 71646
Phone: 870.853.2020
Ashley County Website

County Clerk has marriage, probate, and land records from 1848. 
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records.[1]

Ashley County, Arkansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1914 1848 1914 1849 1849 1850
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

  • 1921 - A courthouse fire in 1921 destroyed most of the county's records.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1848--Ashley County was created 30 November 1848 from Chicot, Union and Drew Counties.

County seat: Hamburg [3]

Cities and Towns

  • Click FamilySearch Catalog and select the link Places within... for cities and towns (most counties)

Populated Places

  • Hamburg
  • Portland
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County Facts
County seat: Hamburg
Organized: November 30, 1848
Parent County(s): Drew
Neighboring Counties
Bradley  • Chicot  • Drew  • Union  • Morehouse (LA)  • West Carroll (LA)  • East Carroll (LA)
Courthouse
ArkansasAshleyCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Ar-ashley.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption


History Timeline

Events below were gleaned from the Ashley County section of Deirdre Kelley & Bill Norman, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

  • By AD 1700, the area had no permanent villages.
  • 1818 - The Quapaw ceded what would be Ashley County to the United States government.
  • 1826 - When U.S. surveyor Nicholas Rightor entered the Arkansas Territory , he found settlers who had come to a land that they found to be abundantly fertile and in which game and fish were plentiful.
  • 1848 - November 30 - Ashley County was organized.
  • 1855 - By this time, many farms were producing cotton, corn, wheat, potatoes, and livestock. Timber was rafted down the Saline River.
  • Ashley County experienced solid growth in the years leading up to the Civil War. From a population of 2,058 in 1850, the county had grown to 8,590 in 1860. The Civil War interrupted this growth, so that by 1870, the population had dropped to 8,042.
  • Congress’s 1867 passage of “An Act for the More Efficient Government of the Rebel States” divided the South into five districts and implemented martial law in 1868.
  • 1868 - When the Fourteenth Amendment was passed , Arkansas refused to ratify it.
  • 1890's - The beginning of what was to become one of Arkansas’s most important economic developments: the wood products industry.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890 — Online at Ancestry.com $

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Ashley County, Arkansas online and in print
Online search for people in the county
Select a cemetery and search it for nearby relatives
Find printed records (Often more complete)
See Arkansas Cemeteries for more information

Census Records

Church Records

Court Records

  • Court records began in 1849 [4]

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

African Americans

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Local Histories

  • Etheridge, Y. W. History of Ashley County, Arkansas. Van Buren, Ark. : Press-Argus, 1959.
  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890.
  • See also Cities and towns for resources in the FamilySearch Catalog

Maps and Gazetteers

Click on a neighboring county to go to the wiki page.
Ashley CountyUnion CountyChicot CountyDrew CountyBradley CountyCalhoun CountyUnion ParishWest Carroll ParishEast Carroll ParishMorehouse ParishARAshley.JPG

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

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

- 2nd Battalion, Arkansas Calvalry (Confederate) , Company E
- 3rd Consolidated Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 8th Battalion, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 8th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)

Men from this county served in the 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate).

Online Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge is home to the American Alligator it is located in South-central Arkansas (Ashley County), Bradley, and Union Counties.


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

Sites with online indexes or images of records

  • ARGenWeb - Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb Archives - Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • RootsWeb resources - Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • Linkpendium - Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • CyndisList - Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • 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), p. 66.
  2. 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.
  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. May be used for free at a Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  6. May be used for free at a Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.
  8. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.