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Guide to Faulkner 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: Conway
Organized: April 12, 1873
Parent County(s): Pulaski and Conway[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cleburne  • Conway  • Lonoke  • Perry  • Pulaski  • Van Buren  • White
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption
Woolly Hollow State Park, Faulkner County, Missouri by Justin Fisher

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Colonel Sanford C. "Sandy" Faulkner, composer of the fiddle tune, "The Arkansas Traveller."[2] It is located in the central of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Faulkner County Courthouse
801 Locust Street;
Conway, AR 72032
Phone: 501.450.4910
Faulkner County Website

County Clerk has marriage, probate and court records from 1873.[4]

Faulkner County, Arkansas[edit | edit source]

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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1873 1914* 1873 1873 1873 1830
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Despite a courthouse fire, no record loss was reported.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1873--Faulkner County was created 12 April 1873 from Pulaski and Conway Counties. 
  • County seat: Conway[6]

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[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Cities
Towns
Townships
  • Danley
  • Eagle
  • East Fork
  • Enola
  • Hardin
  • Harve
  • Liberty
  • Matthews
  • Mountain
  • Mount Vernon
  • Newton
  • Palarm
  • Pine Mountain
  • Union
  • Walker
  • Wilson


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Faulkner County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [8]

  • 1722 - The first European explorers in the area were the group traveling with Jean-Baptiste Bénard de La Harpe, who traveled up the Arkansas River from Arkansas Post (Arkansas County).
  • 1818-1828 - The northwest section of Faulkner County was included in a Cherokee reservation.
  • 1834 - Many Native Americans died from cholera and were buried in Cadron in early 1834. Fear of the disease caused many settlers to abandon Cadron; no community now exists in that location.
  • 1873 April 12 - Faulkner County was one of nine counties established by the Republican state legislature during Reconstruction.
  • 1878 - Holy Ghost Fathers mission society brought in Roman Catholic settlers from Germany.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Faulkner, 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[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 12,786
1890 18,342 43.5%
1900 20,780 13.3%
1910 23,708 14.1%
1920 27,681 16.8%
1930 28,381 2.5%
1940 25,880 −8.8%
1950 25,289 −2.3%
1960 24,303 −3.9%
1970 31,572 29.9%
1980 46,192 46.3%
1990 60,006 29.9%
2000 86,014 43.3%
2010 113,237 31.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Barney

County Church Records

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

  • Probate Records 1873-1950 Faulkner County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration bonds 1873-1910; County Court records 1873-1900; Dockets 1874-1886; Executor bonds 1874-1950; Guardian bonds 1873-1908; Letters of administration 1873-1919 and 1941; Letters of guardianship 1873-1918; Letters of testamentary 1874-1949; Probate record index 1873-1880; Probate records 1873-1889; Wills 1879-1926.

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for {{{1}}} County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. Click for a brief Timeline History of the county. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

  • The history of Faulkner County, Arkansas by Alexander McPherson. Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2007. Online at FamilySearch Catalog (Free)
  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pulaski, Jefferson, Lonoke, Faulkner, Grant, Saline, Perry, Garland, and Hot Spring Counties, Arkansas. Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)
  • Pine Mountain Americans. By Ruff Haydn. New York: Hobson Book Press, 1947. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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


Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]

Birth Records reveal
Yes or Maybe
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Parent's Ages Green check.png  
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In 1877, a few county and city clerks[9] started keeping birth and death records.

In 1914, the state law required all county clerks to record births and forward them to the state.

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See also: • Arkansas Online Genealogy Records, • How to Find Arkansas Birth Records and • Arkansas Vital Records—Birth.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

P.O. Box 731
Conway, Arkansas 72033
(501) 329-5918

[*River Valley Genealogy Society Researchers interested in CONWAY, FAULKNER, PERRY, POPE, YELL AND VAN BUREN COUNTIES.
Farm Bureau Building
201 E. Shady Lane
Morrilton, Arkansas

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • 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. 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[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Faulkner County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ark/faulkner/
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Faulkner County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faulkner_County,_Arkansas
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Faulkner County, Arkansas. Page 67 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 65.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Faulkner County, Arkansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faulkner_County,_Arkansas, accessed 12 September 2018.
  8. Steven Teske, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=767&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 13, 2016), “Faulkner County.”
  9. such as Sebastian County (Fort Smith) and Pulaski County (Little Rock) (No entry in FamilySearch Catalog found for Pulaski County nor for Little Rock, Aug 2014)
  10. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf.