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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Fulton County, Arkansas|Fulton County]]''  
  
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Guide to '''Fulton County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| building address = [http://fulton.ark.org/departments Fulton County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 278<br>123 S. Main<br>Salem, AR 72576-0278<br>Phone: 870.895.3310 <br>
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.arkansasties.com/Fulton/SalemCourtHouse.htm Fulton County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 278<br>Salem, AR 72576-0278<br>Phone: 870.895.3310 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage records form 1887, <br>divorce, land, probate and court records from 1891<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.</ref>  
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[http://fulton.ark.org/departments Fulton County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 278<br>123 S. Main<br>Salem, AR 72576-0278<br>Phone: 870.895.3310 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage records form 1887, divorce, land, probate and court records from 1891.<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.</ref>  
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning years for {{PAGENAME}} government 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="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Court|Court]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1887
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1870
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| colspan="6" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's</center>
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==== Government and Related Websites  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" colspan="3" | <center>'''County Government and other Local Websites'''</center>
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| width="30%" | [http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=Arkansas&county=Fulton County-clerk.net] (unofficial site)
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| width="60%" | Clerks have jurisdiction over birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, land use, land rights, real estate, and other court records. Site provides links to unofficial websites with online records
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| width="30%" | [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/AR_Fulton.htm PublicRecords.com] (unofficial site)
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| width="60%" | Provides links to County officials and public records
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*'''1842--'''Fulton County was created 21 December 1842&nbsp;from [[Izard County, Arkansas|Izard]] County.&nbsp;'''County seat:''' Salem <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1842--'''Fulton County was created 21 December 1842&nbsp;from [[Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy|Izard]] County.&nbsp;'''County seat:''' Salem <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Fulton County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes] at N2Genealogy.  
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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.  
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==== Variant Spellings  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1870'''  A fire destroyed most county records.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Fulton, Moko|place|disp=Moko}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Baxter County, Arkansas|Baxter]]  
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[[Baxter County, Arkansas Genealogy|Baxter]] {{•}} [[Howell County, Missouri Genealogy|Howell County, Missouri]] {{•}} [[Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy|Izard]] {{•}} [[Oregon County, Missouri Genealogy|Oregon County, Missouri]] {{•}} [[Ozark County, Missouri Genealogy|Ozark County, Missouri]] {{•}} [[Sharp County, Arkansas Genealogy|Sharp]]  
*[[Howell County, Missouri|Howell County, Missouri]]  
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<center>{{ARFulton County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Izard County, Arkansas|Izard]]  
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*[[Oregon County, Missouri|Oregon County, Missouri]]  
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*[[Ozark County, Missouri|Ozark County, Missouri]]  
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==== History Timeline  ====
*[[Sharp County, Arkansas|Sharp]]
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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 Fulton County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>Sarah E. Simers, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=769&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 13, 2016), “Fulton County.”</ref>
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*1830s - The first legally recognized white resident of Fulton County, William P. Morris, used his land grant to acquire 160 acres in the present Salem area.
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*1842 December 21 - Fulton County was created , by the state legislature, carving out part of Izard County and present-day Baxter County.
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*1869-1865 - The American Civil War made a huge impact on Fulton County. Settlers who lived in the rocky uplands of the county did not own slaves, but the settlers living along the fertile valleys of the rivers and creeks did.
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*1865-1868 - Fulton County residents lived in a guerrilla warfare state for the next three years. Bands of thieves known as “bushwhackers” and “jayhawkers” roamed the area, raiding local farms, and terrorizing the citizens; they also burned the county courthouse, destroying land and census records.
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*1940s - Industrialization in other parts of the United States attracted Fulton County youth to leave home in search of economic opportunities.
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
  
== Resources ==
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==== Research Guides ====
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==== African Americans  ====
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:*1866-1888 — ''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VRS-2N1%3A1076658910%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Union] at [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only;'' letters
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
==== Church  ====
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;"
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| bgcolor="#EAC7FE" colspan="3" | <center>'''Online Fulton County, Arkansas''' cemeteries <br>from [[Arkansas Cemeteries|state]] and [[United States Cemeteries|national]] resources</center>
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| width="34%" bgcolor="#CFF3FF" | <center>'''Search for names of people'''<br>in Fulton County</center>
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| width="34%" bgcolor="#F2DDFE" | <center>'''Get a list of cemeteries'''<br>(then click to names of people)</center>
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| width="32%" bgcolor="#B8FFDB" | <center>'''Find printed records''' <br>(Often more complete)</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=smith&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=4&GScnty=117&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Find A Grave] Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=13 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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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=117 Find A Grave] Click '''Search for a Cemetery''' on the right, click '''All Countries''' - click '''United States''', click '''State''', click '''County''' and search.
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=13 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/fulton-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/fulton/fulton.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/fulton.html Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/fulton/ ARGenWeb]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/fulton/fulton.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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'''More cemetery lists'''
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Fulton/cem/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/fulton/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List]
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/arkansas/index.html DeathIndexes.com] Scan through the list under '''Arkansas Death Records Indexes….'''
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-AR-NDX.html D'Addezio] Search/browse by cemetery name, not people. (Statewide)
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Fulton|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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**Also [[Fulton County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities_and_Towns|check towns]] for records
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Fulton+county+Arkansas=Fulton+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Fulton County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
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==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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{{AR Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
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{{AR Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{AR History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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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 {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*Men from Fulton County served in the [[7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry|7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry]].<sup>1</sup><br>
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)&nbsp;]] <ref>Desmond Walls Allen, ''The Seventh Arkansas Confederate Infantry,'' (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988) {{FHL|646236|item|disp=FHL book 976.7 M22adw}}</ref>  
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:- [[14th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Powers') (Confederate)|14th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Powers') (Confederate)]]
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:- [[27th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|27th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Company B (new)
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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://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
  
<sup>1.</sup>Allen, Desmond Walls. The Seventh Arkansas Confederate Infantry (Desmond Walls Allen, Conway, Arkansas, 1988.<br>
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==== Naturalization  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{AR Newspapers|Fulton}}
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==== Occupations  ====
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{{AR Probate Intro}}
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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}} 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-VP8%3A353226601%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1870-1940] 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 Probate records 1870-1894; Wills 1874-1940.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AR Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{AR Vital Intro}}See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
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===== Birth  =====
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1887 - 1952''' - Fulton County Marriage Books [A]-T Index 1887-1952 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.''</ref>
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*'''1887 - 1925''' - Fulton County Marriage Index 1887-1925 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:Igiarkansasem.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== Death  =====
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===== Vital Record Substitutes  =====
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== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-society-archive/ List of Arkansas Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFF66" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Fulton|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. For towns, [[{{PAGENAME}}#Places.2FLocalities|click here]].
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Fulton+county%2C+arkansas&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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| width="30%" | [http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=fulton+county%2C+arkansas&te=ILS Allen County Public Library]
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| Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.ark-ives.com/documenting/county_records.aspx Arkansas History Commission] Select the county
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| Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>[[{{PAGENAME}}#Genealogy_Societies_and_Libraries|Local libraries]] and [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]] may suggest other catalogs</center>
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==== Family History Centers  ====
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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==== Websites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="30%" | [http://www.argenweb.net/fulton/ ARGenWeb]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/fulton/fultonbio.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Fulton/ RootsWeb]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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|}
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/fulton/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/fulton/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/fulton-county/ StateofUS.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.<br>
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Fulton|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Fulton/ Fulton County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FAEBD7" colspan="3" | <center>'''Social networking sites pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/fulton/ genealogy.com]
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| width="70%" | Fulton County, AR Genealogy Forum
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| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties.fulton/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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| width="70%" | Fulton County Message Board
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Latest revision as of 23:26, 20 June 2017

United States Gotoarrow.png Arkansas Gotoarrow.png Fulton County

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

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Online Records


Fulton County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Fulton County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 21, 1842
County Seat Salem
Courthouse
ArkansasFultonCourthouse.jpg
Address Fulton County Courthouse
PO Box 278
123 S. Main
Salem, AR 72576-0278
Phone: 870.895.3310


County Courthouse

Fulton County Courthouse
PO Box 278
123 S. Main
Salem, AR 72576-0278
Phone: 870.895.3310

County Clerk has marriage records form 1887, divorce, land, probate and court records from 1891.[1]

Beginning years for Fulton County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1887 1914* 1870 1870 1870
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Government and Related Websites

County Government and other Local Websites
County-clerk.net (unofficial site) Clerks have jurisdiction over birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, land use, land rights, real estate, and other court records. Site provides links to unofficial websites with online records
PublicRecords.com (unofficial site) Provides links to County officials and public records


History

Parent County

  • 1842--Fulton County was created 21 December 1842 from Izard County. County seat: Salem [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps" (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Variant Spellings

Record Loss

1870 A fire destroyed most county records.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Baxter  • Howell County, Missouri  • Izard  • Oregon County, Missouri  • Ozark County, Missouri  • Sharp

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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 Fulton County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [4]

  • 1830s - The first legally recognized white resident of Fulton County, William P. Morris, used his land grant to acquire 160 acres in the present Salem area.
  • 1842 December 21 - Fulton County was created , by the state legislature, carving out part of Izard County and present-day Baxter County.
  • 1869-1865 - The American Civil War made a huge impact on Fulton County. Settlers who lived in the rocky uplands of the county did not own slaves, but the settlers living along the fertile valleys of the rivers and creeks did.
  • 1865-1868 - Fulton County residents lived in a guerrilla warfare state for the next three years. Bands of thieves known as “bushwhackers” and “jayhawkers” roamed the area, raiding local farms, and terrorizing the citizens; they also burned the county courthouse, destroying land and census records.
  • 1940s - Industrialization in other parts of the United States attracted Fulton County youth to leave home in search of economic opportunities.

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

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Census

Church Records

Court

Genealogy

Land and Property

Local Histories

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

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Fulton County, Arkansas Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Fulton County, Arkansas Genealogy:


- 7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)  [5]
- 14th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Powers') (Confederate)
- 27th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company B (new)

Online Records

Naturalization

Newspapers

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Occupations

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

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Birth
Marriage
Death
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Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Fulton County, Arkansas Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. For towns, click here.
WorldCat Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
Arkansas History Commission Select the county Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
Local libraries and Arkansas Archives and Libraries may suggest other catalogs

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites



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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
Sites that search for links pertaining to Fulton County, Arkansas Genealogy
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free family history resources and government records


Social networking sites pertaining to Fulton County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Fulton County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Fulton County Message Board

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.
  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. Sarah E. Simers, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=769&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 13, 2016), “Fulton County.”
  5. Desmond Walls Allen, The Seventh Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988) FHL book 976.7 M22adw
  6. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf.