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=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
  
The county was named for Revolutionary War General Nathaniel Greene. The County Seat is Paragould and was founded November 5 , 1833. It is located in the northeast of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Greene County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ark/greene/</ref>
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The county was named for Revolutionary War General Nathaniel Greene. It is located in the northeast of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Greene County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ark/greene/</ref>
  
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===
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=== Populated Places ===
 
=== Populated Places ===
The following are locations in the county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Greene County, Arkansas ," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greene_County,_Arkansas, accessed 14 September 2018.</ref>
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://arkansas.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,055,c,greene.cfm Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Greene County, Arkansas ," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greene_County,_Arkansas, accessed 14 September 2018.</ref>
  
 
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=== Church Records ===
 
=== Church Records ===
 
{{AR Church Intro|Greene}}
 
{{AR Church Intro|Greene}}
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*'''1875-1899''' - {{RecordSearch|2790263|Nebraska, Church Records, 1875-1899}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
=== Court Records ===
 
=== Court Records ===
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*'''''Goodspeed's history of Greene County, Arkansas'''''. Van Buren, Arkansas&nbsp;: Press-Argus, 1963.
 
*'''''Goodspeed's history of Greene County, Arkansas'''''. Van Buren, Arkansas&nbsp;: Press-Argus, 1963.
**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE2192674 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free) and at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7256 Ancestry.com] ($)
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE2192674 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free) and at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7256 Ancestry.com] ($)
 
*'''''History of Greene County, Arkansas'''''. By Vivian Hansbrough. Little Rock, Ark.: Democrat Print. &amp; Lithographing Co., 1946. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=27093 Ancestry.com] ($)
 
*'''''History of Greene County, Arkansas'''''. By Vivian Hansbrough. Little Rock, Ark.: Democrat Print. &amp; Lithographing Co., 1946. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=27093 Ancestry.com] ($)
  
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*'''1890-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|2126715|Arkansas Confederate Soldier Home,1890-1963}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1890-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|2126715|Arkansas Confederate Soldier Home,1890-1963}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
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*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
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==== Birth ====
 
==== Birth ====
{{AR Vital Records - Birth Intro|Greene}}
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{{AR Birth Intro|Greene}}
  
 
==== Marriage ====
 
==== Marriage ====
{{AR Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Greene}}
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{{AR Marriage Intro|Greene}}
  
 
*'''1779-1966''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=ar%2carkansas Arkansas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''1779-1966''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=ar%2carkansas Arkansas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1876 - 1955''' - Greene County Marriage Books 2-36 and License Applications Index 1876-1955 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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*'''1876 - 1955''' - Greene County Marriage Books 2-36 and License Applications Index 1876-1955 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>
*'''1876 - 1922''' - Greene County Marriage Books 2-16 Index 1876-1922 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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*'''1876 - 1922''' - Greene County Marriage Books 2-16 Index 1876-1922 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/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf]].</ref>
  
 
==== Death ====
 
==== Death ====
{{AR Vital Records - Death Intro|Greene}}
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{{AR Death Intro|Greene}}
  
 
==== Divorce ====
 
==== Divorce ====
{{AR Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Greene}}
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{{AR Divorce Intro|Greene}}
  
 
== Research Facilities ==
 
== Research Facilities ==
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=== Family History Centers ===
 
=== Family History Centers ===
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
  
 
=== Libraries ===
 
=== Libraries ===

Latest revision as of 15:37, 15 August 2019

 

Guide to Greene 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: Paragould
Organized: November 5, 1833
Parent County(s): Lawrence[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clay  • Craighead  • Dunklin (MO)  • Lawrence  • Randolph
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Revolutionary War General Nathaniel Greene. It is located in the northeast of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Greene County Courthouse
PO Box 62
Paragould, AR 72451-0364
Phone: 870.239.6311
Greene County Website

County Clerk has marriage, probate, court and land records from 1876.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records.[3]

Greene 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1876 1914* 1876 1876 1876 1830
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

  • 1876 - A courthouse fire destroyed most records.

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1833--Greene County was created 5 November 1833 from Lawrence County.
  • County seat: Paragould[5]

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:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Townships
  • Blue Cane
  • Breckenridge
  • Bryan
  • Cache
  • Clark
  • Collier
  • Crowley
  • Evening Shade
  • Friendship
  • Hays
  • Hopewell
  • Hurricane
  • Jones
  • Lake
  • Main Shore
  • Poland
  • Reynolds
  • St. Francis
  • Salem
  • Shady Grove
  • Spring Grove
  • Sugar Creek
  • Union
  • Walnut Corner


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 Greene County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [7]

  • 1833 November 5 - The territorial legislature approved the petition to form Greene County.
  • 1850s (mid) - The growth of Gainesville, the drainage activities, and the arrival of land speculators, helped Greene County finally to boom.
  • 1884 - Paragould, a new town grew rapidly and became the county seat, beginning the sharp and sudden decline of Gainesville.
  • 1890s - Northeast Arkansas offered one of the few remaining hardwood forests in the nation. With rail transportation and drainage improvements, Greene County experienced a major boom.

Additional Information

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.
1840 1,586
1850 2,593 63.5%
1860 5,843 125.3%
1870 7,573 29.6%
1880 7,480 −1.2%
1890 12,908 72.6%
1900 16,979 31.5%
1910 23,852 40.5%
1920 26,105 9.4%
1930 26,127 0.1%
1940 30,204 15.6%
1950 29,149 −3.5%
1960 25,198 −13.6%
1970 24,765 −1.7%
1980 30,744 24.1%
1990 31,804 3.4%
2000 37,331 17.4%
2010 42,090 12.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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 1876-1953 Greene County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Accounts 1898-1908; Administration bonds 1876-1906; Claims against estates no date; Guardian bonds and letters 1876-1905; Probate case files 1905-1937; Probate records 1876-1899; Wills 1894-1953.

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

AR History

  • Goodspeed's history of Greene County, Arkansas. Van Buren, Arkansas : Press-Argus, 1963.
  • History of Greene County, Arkansas. By Vivian Hansbrough. Little Rock, Ark.: Democrat Print. & Lithographing Co., 1946. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 8th Battalion, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- Davies' Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Companies D, E and F

Online Records

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 Greene 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]

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Birth Records reveal
Yes or Maybe
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In 1877, a few county and city clerks[8] 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]

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, “Greene County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ark/greene/
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Greene County, Arkansas. Page 68 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), 66.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Greene County, Arkansas ," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greene_County,_Arkansas, accessed 14 September 2018.
  7. Mack Hamblen, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=772&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 13, 2016), “Greene County.”
  8. 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)
  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/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf.