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Guide to '''Benton County Arkansas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Benton County, Arkansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
Benton County, founded September 30, 1836, was formed from [[Washington County, Arkansas|Washington]] County, and is located in the northwest corner of Arkansas on the Ozark plateau. It adjoins Oklahoma to the west and Missouri to the north. The county seat is Bentonville, named in honor of U.S Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, who was instrumental in helping the Arkansas Territory achieve statehood. <br>
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
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|organized=  September 30,  1836
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|county seat= Bentonville
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|parent county= [[Washington County, Arkansas Genealogy|Washington]]<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Adair County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Adair (OK)]]
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|county2= [[Barry County, Missouri Genealogy|Barry (MO)]]
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|county3= [[Carroll County, Arkansas Genealogy|Carroll]]
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|county4= [[Delaware County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Delaware (OK)]]
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|county5= [[Madison County, Arkansas Genealogy|Madison]]
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|county6= [[McDonald County, Missouri Genealogy|McDonald (MO)]]
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|county7= [[Stone County, Missouri Genealogy|Stone (MO)]]
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|county8= [[Washington County, Arkansas Genealogy|Washington]]</br><center>[[Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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[[Image:War Eagle Mill - Benton County AR.jpg|thumb|right|190px|<center>War Eagle Mill in Benton County, Arkansas</center>]]
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== County Information ==
  
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=== Description ===
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Benton County, founded September 30, 1836, was formed from [[Washington County, Arkansas Genealogy|Washington]] County, and is located in the northwest corner of Arkansas on the Ozark plateau. It adjoins Oklahoma to the west and Missouri to the north. The county seat is Bentonville, named in honor of U.S Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, who was instrumental in helping the Arkansas Territory achieve statehood.
  
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{AR Courthouse Intro|Benton}}
  
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'''Benton County Courthouse'''<br>215 E. Central, Suite 217<br>Bentonville, AR 72712-0699<br>Telephone: 479.238.0120<br>[http://www.co.benton.ar.us/  Benton County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1861 and probate records from 1859; <br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court, and land records.<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
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=== Benton County, Arkansas ===
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| 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="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1914*
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1861
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1837
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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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=== Record Loss ===
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*'''1865''' - A courthouse fire destroyed many early records.
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| founded year = 1836
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{AR Boundary Changes Intro|Benton}}
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*'''1836'''--Benton County was created 30 September 1836 from [[Washington County, Arkansas Genealogy|Washington]] County.
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*'''County seat:''' Bentonville<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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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.
  
| founded date = September 30
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| seat wl = Bentonville
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{AR Populated Places Intro|Benton}}
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The following are locations in Benton County, Arkansas:
  
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* Bella Vista
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* Bentonville
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* Centerton
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* Cherokee City
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* Cross Roads
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* Decatur
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* Garfield
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* Gentry
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* Gravette
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* Rogers
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* Siloam Springs
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* Sulphur Springs
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| building address = [http://www.co.benton.ar.us/ Benton County Courthouse]<br>215 E. Central, Suite 217<br>Bentonville, AR 72712-0699<br>Telephone: 479.271.1013- 1031<br>
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{AR Historical Timeline Intro|Benton}}
  
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Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Benton County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture].  <ref>Allyn Lord, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=748&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed 2016 01 07), “Benton County.”</ref>
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== County Courthouse<br>  ==
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*Late 1700's to early 1800's - The Osage Indians in Missouri made forays into the area for seasonal hunting.
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*1808 - 1825 - The U.S. government obtained major land cessions from the Osage.
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*1828 - The Arkansas Cherokee no longer occupied the area and opened it to settlement.
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*Late 1820's - Settlers increasingly moved into the area.
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*1836 - September 30 - Benton County was formally established as a separate county.
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*Many early county settlers came from Tennessee and other states of the upper South.
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*During the Civil War, many Benton County residents were caught between strongly Confederate Arkansans to the south and Union-supporting Missourians to the north.
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*During the Civil War years, much of Benton County suffered destruction and severe food shortages.
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*1870's - The county’s population grew, but the number of African American citizens decreased rapidly
  
[http://www.co.benton.ar.us/ Benton County Courthouse]<br>215 E. Central, Suite 217<br>Bentonville, AR 72712-0699<br>Telephone: 479.271.1013- 1031<br>
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== Resources ==
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{{AR Resources Intro|Benton}}
  
<br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1861 <br>and probate records from 1859; Clerk Circuit&nbsp;<br>Court has divorce, court and land 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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=== Bible Records ===
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{{AR Bible Intro|Benton}}
  
== History ==
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=== Biographies ===
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{{AR Biographies Intro|Benton}}
  
==== Parent County<br>  ====
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*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/arkansas-counties/benton-county-arkansas-genealogy-biographies.asp Family Biographies from The History of Benton County, Arkansas] (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
  
*'''1836'''--Benton County was created 30 September 1836 from [[Washington County, Arkansas|Washington]] County. County seat: Bentonville. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><br>
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{AR Business Records Intro|Benton}}
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{AR Cemeteries Intro| Benton}}
  
See an interactive map of Benton County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes] at N2Genealogy.
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Benton, Arkansas''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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==== Record Loss  ====
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*[https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=4&GScnty=96&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=nn Findagrave.com]
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arbenton/ ARGenWeb]
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/benton/bentcem.htm ARGenWeb Archives]
  
Bella Vista<br>Bentonville<br>Centerton<br>Cherokee City<br>Cross Roads<br>Decatur<br>Garfield<br>Gentry<br>Gravette<br>Rogers<br>Siloam Springs<br>Sulphur Springs<br>
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/benton.html Tombstone Project]
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=67 Arkansas Gravestones]
  
*[[Adair County, Oklahoma|Adair County, Oklahoma]]  
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/#/ Billion Graves]
*[[Barry County, Missouri|Barry County, Missouri]]
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*[[Carroll County, Arkansas|Carroll]]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
*[[Delaware County, Oklahoma|Delaware County, Oklahoma]]
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*[[Madison County, Arkansas|Madison]]  
 
*[[McDonald County, Missouri|McDonald County, Missouri]]
 
*[[Washington County, Arkansas|Washington]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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*{{FHL|394463|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Benton%2C+Arkansas+cemeteries+ WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/benton/cemeteries.htm Cemeteries of Benton County] - Index and Transcriptions - Benton County ARGenWeb
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=96 Findagrave.com]
  
Individual cemeteries.  
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Arkansas&cemetery_county=Benton&year_range=5&size=15 Billion Graves]
  
BillionGraves transcriptions, photos, and Google map for each cemetery.  
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=11395&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=118&stateAbbv=&stateName= Cemeteries by epodunk]
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147083 Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery, Bella Vista]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Arkansas Cemetery Records by Accessgenealogy]
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=4011 Barron Cemetery, Bentonville]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=3972 Dog Hill Cemetery, Bella Vista]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=3977 Hillcrest Cemetery, Gravette]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=4086 Lee Cemetery, Sulphur Springs]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=3991 Silent Grove Cemetery, Springdale]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=2393 Wet Prairie Cemetery, Gravette]
 
  
==== Church  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arcemete/benton/benton.htm Rootsweb Benton Cemeteries]
  
==== Court  ====
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/Benton-ar-genealogy/cem/ Benton County, Arkansas:Family History by Linkpedndium]
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==== Land  ====
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The following web sites may have additional information on Arkansas County cemeteries.
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/AR/ Interment.net] Arkansas cemetery records
  
Biographies from the ''History of Benton County, Arkansas'' (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the [http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/arkansas-counties/benton-county-arkansas-genealogy-biographies.asp My Genealogy Hound] website
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*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html Arkansas Cemetery] by I dream of Genealogy
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{AR Census Intro|Benton}}
  
Historic maps of [http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/arkansas-maps/benton-county-arkansas-maps.asp Benton County, Arkansas]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/benton/census/1840Index.html 1840 Federal Census] Index and transcriptions, Benton County ARGenWeb
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/benton/census/1850IndexA-D.htm 1850 Federal Census] Index and transcriptions, Benton County ARGenWeb
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{AR Church Intro|Benton}}
  
===== Revolutionary War  =====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{AR Court Intro|Benton}}
  
*''A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books]. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Benton County on page 191.]
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=== Directories ===
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]
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{{AR Directories Intro|Benton}}
  
===== Civil War =====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{AR Emigration Intro|Benton}}
  
====== Civil War Battle  ======
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{AR Ethnic Groups Intro|Benton}}
  
The following Civil War battle was fought in Benton County.
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{AR Funeral Homes Intro|Benton}}
  
*March 6-8, 1862 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ar001.htm Pea Ridge], also known as Elkhorn Tavern<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ar001.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 15 August, 2012)</ref>
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{AR Genealogies Intro|Benton}}
  
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ARmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{AR Guardianship Intro|Benton}}
  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QC-J27%3A353226901%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1843-1915] Benton County portion of the collection: {{RecordSearch|2061549|''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979''|access=browse}}&nbsp;: ''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Administration bonds 1858-1888; Chancery Court records 1843-1882; Dockets 1869-1897; Gurdian bonds 1858-1887; Minutes 1857-1874; Probate records 1884-1908.
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arwccs/Benton/csabc.html Confederate Soldiers Buried in Benton County Arkansas ]<br>
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=== Land and Property Records ===
*Men from Benton County served in the [[1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)|1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union]])<sup>1</sup> and the [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)]]<sup>2</sup> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <sup>1</sup>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&nbsp;: University Publications of America, c1990).&nbsp; <sup>2</sup>Allen, Desmond Walls. ''Third Arkansas Union Cavalry'' (Desmond Walls Allen, Conway, Arkansas) 1987, pp. 33-92.
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{{AR Land Intro|Benton}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{AR Histories Intro|Benton}}
  
[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/ar Arkansas Online Historical Newspapers] - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites. Includes newspapers for Benton County.<br>
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{{AR History Intro|Benton}}
  
*[http://www.nwanews.com/home/ Benton County DailyRecord]<br>
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*Biographies from the ''History of Benton County, Arkansas'' (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the [http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/arkansas-counties/benton-county-arkansas-genealogy-biographies.asp My Genealogy Hound] website
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*''History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas.'' Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. Online at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7931 Ancestry.com] ($)
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{AR Maps Intro|Benton}}
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{{AR Neighboring Counties Intro|{{ARBenton County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/arkansas-maps/benton-county-arkansas-maps.asp Historic maps of Benton County, Arkansas] 1875 to 1922, free access on My Genealogy Hound.
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{AR Migration Intro|Benton}}
  
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/ar/benton/webbbs_config.pl Benton County, Arkansas Obituary Collection] From GenealogyBuff.com ~ Free. From Various Funeral Homes in the Rogers, Bentonville, Siloam Springs,Lowell, Gentry, Gravette, Little Flock, and Pea Ridge areas.
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=== Military Records ===
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{{AR Military Intro|Benton}}
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==== Revolutionary War ====
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{{AR Revolutionary War Intro|Benton}}
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*''A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books]. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Benton County on page 191.]
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]
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==== Civil War ====
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{{AR Civil War Intro|Benton}}
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[[Image:09-02-06-BentonvilleConfed-monument.jpg|thumb|right|190px|<center>Monument, built 1908, Bentonville, Benton, County, Arkansas</center>]]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arwccs/Benton/csabc.html Confederate Soldiers Buried in Benton County Arkansas ]
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{{AR Civil War Regiments|Benton}}
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:- [[2nd Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate)|2nd Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate)]], Company D
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:- [[34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Company F
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:- [[35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Company F
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Men from Benton County served in the [[1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)|1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union]])<ref>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).</ref> and the [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)]]<ref>Allen, Desmond Walls. ''Third Arkansas Union Cavalry'' (Desmond Walls Allen, Conway, Arkansas) 1987, pp. 33-92.</ref>, Companies E and M
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'''Online Records
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932392|Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — images only
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'''''Civil War Battle'''''<br>
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The following Civil War battle was fought in Benton County.
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*March 6-8, 1862 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ar001.htm Pea Ridge], also known as Elkhorn Tavern.<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ar001.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 15 August, 2012)</ref>
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*[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ARmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{AR Naturalization Intro|Benton}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{AR Newspapers Intro|Benton}}
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{{AR Newspapers|Benton}}
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/ar Arkansas Online Historical Newspapers] - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites. Includes newspapers for Benton County.
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*[http://www.nwanews.com/home/ Benton County DailyRecord]
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{AR Obituaries Intro|Benton}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{AR Other Records Intro|Benton}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{AR Periodicals Intro|Benton}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{AR Probate Intro|Benton}}
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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://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1837 - 1921''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/wills/ar/arbenton01.htm Benton County Arkansas list of will book testators SAMPUBCO] - Browsable index of testators of wills - free
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*'''1817 – 1979''' - {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QC-J27%3A353226901%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1843-1915] Benton County portion of the collection: {{RecordSearch|2061549|''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979''|access=browse}} : ''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**Includes:
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**'''1858 - 1888''' - Administration bonds
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**'''1843 - 1882''' - Chancery Court records
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**'''1869 - 1897''' - Dockets
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**'''1857 - 1887''' - Guardian bonds
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**'''1857 - 1874''' - Minutes
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**'''1884 - 1908''' - Probate records
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=== School Records ===
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{{AR Schools Intro|Benton}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{AR Tax Intro|Benton}}
  
'''''Census'''''<br>
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{AR Vital Intro|Benton}}
  
*[http://www.argenweb.net/benton/census/1840Index.html 1840 Federal Census] Index and transcriptions, Benton County ARGenWeb<br>
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==== Birth ====
*[http://www.argenweb.net/benton/census/1850IndexA-D.htm 1850 Federal Census] Index and transcriptions, Benton County ARGenWeb<br>
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{{AR Vital Records - Birth Intro|Benton}}
  
'''''Deaths'''''<br>
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==== Marriage ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Benton}}
  
*[http://argenweb.net/benton/vitalRecs/D-1850mortality.htm 1850 U.S. Census Mortality Schedule Transcription]<br>  
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*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*[http://argenweb.net/benton/vitalRecs/D-1860mortality.htm 1860 U.S. Census Mortality Schedule Transcription]
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*'''1861 - 1952''' - Benton County Marriage Books A-Z and Marriage License Bonds Index 1861-1952 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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*'''1877 - 1924''' - Benton County Marriage Books A-J Index 1877-1924 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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==== Death ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Death Intro|Benton}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/ar/benton/webbbs_config.pl Benton County, Arkansas Obituary Collection] From GenealogyBuff.com ~ Free. From Various Funeral Homes in the Rogers, Bentonville, Siloam Springs,Lowell, Gentry, Gravette, Little Flock, and Pea Ridge areas.
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*'''1850''' - [http://argenweb.net/benton/vitalRecs/D-1850mortality.htm 1850 U.S. Census Mortality Schedule Transcription]
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*'''1860''' - [http://argenweb.net/benton/vitalRecs/D-1860mortality.htm 1860 U.S. Census Mortality Schedule Transcription]
  
*[http://www.co.benton.ar.us/BCHS/index.html Benton County Historical Society]<br>
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==== Divorce ====
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arnwags Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society]
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{{AR Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Benton}}
*[http://www.bvpl.org/ Bella Vista Public Library]<br>11 Dickens Place<br>Bella Vista AR 72714
 
*[http://www.youseemore.com/bentonville/ Bentonville Public Library]<br>405 S Main Street<br>Bentonville AR 72712
 
*[http://www.rogersarkansas.com/library/ Rogers Public Library]<br>711 S Dixieland Road<br>Rogers AR 72758
 
  
===== Family History Centers  =====
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{AR Research Facilities Intro|Benton}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Introduction to Family History Centers]]
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=== Archives ===
*[[Rogers Arkansas Family History Center]]<br>
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{{AR Archives Intro|Benton}}
**Bentonville, Arkansas
 
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
*[http://argenweb.net/benton Benton County ARGenWeb] Part of the USGenWeb Project. Census and Cemetery transcriptions, Maps, Deed Records and more ...
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Benton|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[[Springdale Arkansas Jones Family Center Family History Center]] 922 E Emma Springdale AR 72764 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/place/922+E+Emma+Ave/@36.186585,-94.118257,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x87c96b2e7db22083:0x5a339d99439abf4a Location Map]
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Benton/ Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[[Rogers Arkansas Family History Center]] 1101 McCollum Rd Bentonville AR 72712 United States
  
== References  ==
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=== Libraries ===
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{{AR Libraries Intro|Benton}}
  
<references />  
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*[http://www.bvpl.org/ Bella Vista Public Library]<br>11 Dickens Place<br>Bella Vista AR 72714
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*[http://www.youseemore.com/bentonville/ Bentonville Public Library]<br>405 S Main Street<br>Bentonville AR 72712
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*[http://www.rogerspubliclibrary.org/ Rogers Public Library]<br>711 S Dixieland Road<br>Rogers AR 72758
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=== Museums ===
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{{AR Museums Intro|Benton}}
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== Societies ==
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{{AR Societies Intro|Benton}}
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*[http://www.co.benton.ar.us/BCHS/index.html Benton County Historical Society]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arnwags Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society]
  
{{Arkansas|Arkansas}}  
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== Websites ==
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{{AR Websites Intro|Benton}}
  
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* [http://www.argenweb.net/benton/ ARGenWeb]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/benton/bentonco.html USGenWeb Archives]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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* [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Benton/ RootsWeb resources]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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* [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Benton/ Linkpendium]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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* [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/benton/ CyndisList]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|194445|Arkansas|Benton}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
  
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== Research Guides ==
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{{AR Research Guides Intro|Benton}}
  
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== References ==
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<references />
  
[[Category:Benton_County,_Arkansas]]
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{{Arkansas|Arkansas}}
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[[Category:Benton_County,_Arkansas]][[Category:Arkansas_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 22:51, 13 October 2017

United States
Arkansas
Benton County
 

Guide to Benton 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: Bentonville
Organized: September 30, 1836
Parent County(s): Washington[1]
Neighboring Counties
Adair (OK)  • Barry (MO)  • Carroll  • Delaware (OK)  • Madison  • McDonald (MO)  • Stone (MO)  • Washington
See County Maps
Courthouse
ArkansasBentonCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Ar-benton.png
Adoption
War Eagle Mill in Benton County, Arkansas

County Information

Description

Benton County, founded September 30, 1836, was formed from Washington County, and is located in the northwest corner of Arkansas on the Ozark plateau. It adjoins Oklahoma to the west and Missouri to the north. The county seat is Bentonville, named in honor of U.S Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, who was instrumental in helping the Arkansas Territory achieve statehood.

County Courthouse

Benton County Courthouse
215 E. Central, Suite 217
Bentonville, AR 72712-0699
Telephone: 479.238.0120
Benton County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1861 and probate records from 1859;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court, and land records.[2]

Benton County, Arkansas

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1861 1914* 1837 1837 1866
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

  • 1865 - A courthouse fire destroyed many early records.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1836--Benton County was created 30 September 1836 from Washington County.
  • County seat: Bentonville[4]

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 Benton County, Arkansas:

  • Bella Vista
  • Bentonville
  • Centerton
  • Cherokee City
  • Cross Roads
  • Decatur
  • Garfield
  • Gentry
  • Gravette
  • Rogers
  • Siloam Springs
  • Sulphur Springs

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 Benton County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [5]

  • Late 1700's to early 1800's - The Osage Indians in Missouri made forays into the area for seasonal hunting.
  • 1808 - 1825 - The U.S. government obtained major land cessions from the Osage.
  • 1828 - The Arkansas Cherokee no longer occupied the area and opened it to settlement.
  • Late 1820's - Settlers increasingly moved into the area.
  • 1836 - September 30 - Benton County was formally established as a separate county.
  • Many early county settlers came from Tennessee and other states of the upper South.
  • During the Civil War, many Benton County residents were caught between strongly Confederate Arkansans to the south and Union-supporting Missourians to the north.
  • During the Civil War years, much of Benton County suffered destruction and severe food shortages.
  • 1870's - The county’s population grew, but the number of African American citizens decreased rapidly

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Benton, 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

The following web sites may have additional information on Arkansas County cemeteries.

Census Records

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1843-1915 Benton County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 : Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration bonds 1858-1888; Chancery Court records 1843-1882; Dockets 1869-1897; Gurdian bonds 1858-1887; Minutes 1857-1874; Probate records 1884-1908.

Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Benton 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.

  • Biographies from the History of Benton County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website
  • History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. Online at Ancestry.com ($)

Maps and Gazetteers

Click on a neighboring county to go to the wiki page.
Benton CountyCarroll CountyWashington CountyMadison CountyTaney CountyStone CountyBarry CountyMcDonald CountyNewton CountyOttawa CountyDelaware CountyAdair CountySequoyah CountyCherokee CountyChristian CountyDouglas CountyOzark CountyLawrence CountyMayes CountyCraig CountyHaskell CountyMuskogee CountyNewton CountyJohnson CountyFranklin CountyCrawford CountyARBenton2.JPG

Migration

Military Records

Revolutionary War

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Benton County on page 191.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include"an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]

Civil War

Monument, built 1908, Bentonville, Benton, County, Arkansas

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

- 2nd Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate), Company D
- 34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company F

Men from Benton County served in the 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)[6] and the 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[7], Companies E and M

Online Records

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Benton County.

  • March 6-8, 1862 = Pea Ridge, also known as Elkhorn Tavern.[8]
  • Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

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

  • 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. 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. Allyn Lord, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=748&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed 2016 01 07), “Benton County.”
  6. 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).
  7. Allen, Desmond Walls. Third Arkansas Union Cavalry (Desmond Walls Allen, Conway, Arkansas) 1987, pp. 33-92.
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August, 2012)
  9. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  10. 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.