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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Independence_County,_Arkansas|Independence County]]''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Independence County'''  
  
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Guide to '''Independence County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
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| founded date = October 23
 
| founded date = October 23
  
| seat wl = Batesville
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| seat = Batesville
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| building image = ArkansasIndependenceCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = [http://www.independencecounty.com/ Independence County Courthouse]<br>192 East Main Street;<br>Batesville, AR 725091<br>Phone: 870.793.8828 <br>
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.independencecounty.com/ Independence County Courthouse]<br>192 East Main Street;<br>Batesville, AR 725091<br>Phone: 870.793.8828 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1826 <br>and probate records from 1839; Clerk Circuit<br>Court has divorce, court and land records; <br>County Library has burial records<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 68.</ref>  
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[http://www.independencecounty.com/ Independence County Courthouse]<br>192 East Main Street;<br>Batesville, AR 725091<br>Phone: 870.793.8828 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1826 and probate records from 1839; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records; County Library has burial records.<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 68.</ref>  
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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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" | 1826
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1821
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1820
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1839
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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=Independence 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_Independence.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  ====
  
*'''1820--'''Independence County was created 23 October 1820&nbsp;from [[Lawrence County, Arkansas|Lawrence]] and [[Arkansas County, Arkansas|Arkansas]] Counties.
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*'''1820--'''Independence County was created 23 October 1820&nbsp;from [[Lawrence County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lawrence]] and [[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] Counties.
  
'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Batesville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Batesville <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 Independence 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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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Independence, Barren Township|place|disp=Barren Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Independence, Batesville|place|disp=Batesville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Independence, Cushman|place|disp=Cushman}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Independence, Locust Grove|place|disp=Locust Grove}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Independence, Newark|place|disp=Newark}}
  
==== [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/index.php?title=Independence_County_Arka Populated Places] ====
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==== Populated Places  ====
  
 
Batesville, Newark, Sulphur Rock, Southside, Magness, Pleasant Plains, Desha, Locust Grove, Bethesda, Cushman, Hickory Valley, Rosie, Oil Trough  
 
Batesville, Newark, Sulphur Rock, Southside, Magness, Pleasant Plains, Desha, Locust Grove, Bethesda, Cushman, Hickory Valley, Rosie, Oil Trough  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Cleburne County, Arkansas|Cleburne]]  
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[[Cleburne County, Arkansas Genealogy|Cleburne]] {{•}}
*[[Izard County, Arkansas|Izard]]  
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[[Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy|Izard]] {{•}}
*[[Jackson County, Arkansas|Jackson]]  
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[[Jackson County, Arkansas Genealogy|Jackson]] {{•}}
*[[Lawrence County, Arkansas|Lawrence]]  
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[[Lawrence County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lawrence]] {{•}}
*[[Sharp County, Arkansas|Sharp]]  
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[[Sharp County, Arkansas Genealogy|Sharp]] {{•}}
*[[Stone County, Arkansas|Stone]]  
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[[Stone County, Arkansas Genealogy|Stone]] {{•}}
*[[White County, Arkansas|White]]
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[[White County, Arkansas Genealogy|White]]
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<center>{{ARIndependence County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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==== History Timeline  ====
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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 Independence County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>George E Lankford, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=776&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 13, 2016), “Independence County.”</ref>
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* 1700s - When European observers returned to the area, the White River valley was no longer inhabited.
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* 1815 - Missouri Territory established Lawrence County, a huge area that encompassed most of what became north Arkansas.
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* 1820 October 20 - Independence County established.
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* 1828 - Independence County became an international border zone. The Cherokee traded the land back to the United States and moved west.
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* 1800s (late) - The county moved into the modern era with an economy based on agriculture, timber, and timber products
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
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==== African Americans  ====
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:*1865-1868 — [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VRS-3TY%3A1076660206%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Batesville] at  [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — (browsable images only); persons hired, letters
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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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 Independence 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 Independence 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=124&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=20 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=124 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=20 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/independence.htm Interment.net]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/independence-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/independence/indepcem.html USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/independence.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/arcounty.htm ARGenWeb]  None listed - referred to other links.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/independence/independence.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/Independence/cem/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/independence/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, Independence|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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**Also [[Independence County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities and Towns|check towns]] for records
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Independence+county+Arkansas=Independence+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
  
== Resources  ==
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*[[Independence County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
  
==== [http://files.usgwarchives.org/ar/independence/cemeteries/ Cemeteries]  ====
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==== Church  ====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/independence/cemeteries/ Cemeteries] in Independence County<br>
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==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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{{AR Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Guardianship ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QC-VZS%3A353226101%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1830-1923] Independence 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 Administration and guardian bonds and letters 1853-1902; County Court records 1830-1849; Guardian bonds and letters 1868-1895; Letters of administration 1846-1881; Probate records 1839-1881; Wills 1833-1923.
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==== Genealogy  ====
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==== Land and Property  ====
  
==== Land ====
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{{AR Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{AR History Intro|Independence}}
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*Neill, Robert. "Reminiscences of Independence County". Publications of the Arkansas Historical Association - v. 3 (1911).
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE97989 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free)
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*Mosier, Susan. ''Hutchinson Mountain Vol. 2''. Floral, Arkansas : S. Mosier, 1997.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE226061 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free)
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*Mosier, Susan. ''Hutchinson Mountain Vol. 1''. Floral, Arkansas : S. Mosier, 1997.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE226054 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
===== ''&nbsp;&nbsp; Revolutionary War'' =====
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===== 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 [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books]. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Independence County on page 91.]
 
*''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, Independence County on page 91.]
  
===== ''&nbsp; Civil War'' =====
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===== Civil War  =====
  
*Men from this county enlisted in the [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)]]<sup>1</sup>,&nbsp; [[4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry|4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry]].<sup>2</sup>,&nbsp; [[7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry|7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry]]<sup>3</sup>, [[31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry|31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]<sup>4</sup>, Companies Fand I, [[38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry|38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]<sup>5 </sup>, [[45th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry|Forty-fifth Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]]<sup>6</sup>, and the [[1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles|1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate)<sup>7</sup>]].<br>
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{{VAciv}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <sup>1</sup><sup>.</sup> <sup>Allen, Desmond Walls. ''Third Arkansas Union Cavalry'' (Desmond Walls Allen: Conway, Arkansas) 1987, pp. 33-92.</sup><br>  
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:- [[2nd Regiment, Arkansas Volunteers (Confederate)|2nd Regiment, Arkansas Volunteers (Confederate)]], Company C
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:- [[7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]
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:- [[38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]] <br>
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)]]<ref>Desmond Walls Allen, ''Third Arkansas Union Cavalry,'' (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. {{FHL|664007|item|disp=FHL book 976.7 M28dc}}</ref>, Companies A, C, K, and M
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:- [[4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)|4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)]]
  
<sup>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 2. Allen, Desmond Walls. ''4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry'' (Desmond Walls Allen: Conway AR, 1988) p. 1.</sup><br>  
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*Men from this county enlisted in the [[4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry|4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]],<ref>Desmond Walls Allen, ''Fourth Arkansas Union Infantry,'' (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 1. {{FHL|664088|item|disp=FHL book 976.7 M28dae}}</ref> [[7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry|7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]],<ref>Desmond Walls Allen, ''The Seventh Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988) {{FHL|646236|item|disp=FHL book 976.7 M22adw}}</ref> [[31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry|31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]],<ref>Ronald R. Bass, ''History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry,'' (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1996), p. 12 {{FHL|783756|item|disp=FHL book 976.7 M2ba}}</ref> Companies F and I, [[38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry|38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]],<ref>Desmond Walls Allen, ''Thirty-eighth Arkansas Confederate Infantry,'' (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988), p. 1. {{FHL|425099|item|disp=FHL book 976.7 M2at }}</ref> [[45th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry|45th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]],<ref>Desmond Walls Allen, ''Forty-fifth Arkansas Confederate Calvary,'' (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988), p. 1. {{FHL|425108|item|disp=FHL book 976.7 M2af }}</ref> and the [[1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles|1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate)]]<ref>Desmond Walls Allen, ''First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles,'' (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988), p. 2. {{FHL|425094|item|disp=FHL book 976.7 M2a}}</ref>, Company K.
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate|3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate]], Company B<br>
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate|3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate]], Company B<br>
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <sup>3. Allen, Desmond Walls. ''The Seventh Arkansas Confederate Infantry'' (Desmond Walls Allen, Conway, Arkansas, 1988.</sup><br>
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'''Online Records'''
  
<sup>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4. </sup><sup>Bass, Ronald R. ''History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry'' (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, 1996) p. 12</sup><br>
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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
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <sup>5. Allen, Desmond Walls. ''Thirty-eighth Arkansas Confederate Cavalry'' (Desmond Walls Allen: Conway AR, 1988) p. 1.</sup><br>
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==== Naturalization  ====
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <sup>6. Allen, Desmond Walls. ''Forty-fifth Arkansas Confederate Cavalry'' (Desmond Walls Allen: Conway AR, 1988) p. 1.</sup><br>
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==== Newspapers  ====
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <sup>7. Allen, Desmond Walls. ''First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles'' (Desmond Walls Allen: Conway AR, 1988) p. 2.</sup><sup></sup><br>
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{{AR Newspapers|Independence}}
  
==== Newspapers&nbsp; - Batesville Guard ====
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*[http://guardonline.com/ Batesville Guard]
  
[http://www.guardonline.com/ www.guardonline.com]
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==== Occupations  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
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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-VZS%3A353226101%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1830-1923] Independence 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 Administration and guardian bonds and letters 1853-1902; County Court records 1830-1849; Guardian bonds and letters 1868-1895; Letters of administration 1846-1881; Probate records 1839-1881; Wills 1833-1923.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AR Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{AR Vital Intro}}
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
  
[http://www.knology.net/~lizglenn/ichs.htm Independence County Historical Society]
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===== Birth  =====
  
[http://www.librarytechnology.org/lwc-displaylibrary.pl?RC=14597 White River Regional Library]
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===== Marriage  =====
  
[http://www.librarytechnology.org/lwc-displaylibrary.pl?RC=661 Lyon College]  
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*'''1826 - 1951''' - Independence County Marriage Books [A]-Z, A1-F1 Index 1826-1951 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc">FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "[[Arkansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]," in ''FamilySearch Wiki.''</ref>
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*'''1826 - 1921''' - Independence County Marriage Index 1826-1921 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
  
[http://www.librarytechnology.org/lwc-displaylibrary.pl?RC=12234 UACCB]
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===== Death  =====
  
[http://www.oirm.org/ Old Independence Regional Museum]
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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 & Genealogical Societies]
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*[http://www.knology.net/~lizglenn/ichs.htm Independence County Historical Society]
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*[http://www.librarytechnology.org/lwc-displaylibrary.pl?RC=14597 White River Regional Library]
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*[http://www.librarytechnology.org/lwc-displaylibrary.pl?RC=661 Lyon College]
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*[http://www.librarytechnology.org/lwc-displaylibrary.pl?RC=12234 UACCB]
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*[http://www.oirm.org/ Old Independence Regional Museum]
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Independence|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. For towns, [[{{PAGENAME}}#Places/Localities|click here]].
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Independence+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=independence+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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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
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| width="30%" | [http://www.knology.net/~lizglenn/ 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/independence/independence.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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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Independence/ 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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*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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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Independence/ Independence County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Independence/ Linkpendium]
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/independence/ CyndisList]
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/independence-county StateofUS.com]
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|width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/independence/ genealogy.com]
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|width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties.independence/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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United States Gotoarrow.png Arkansas Gotoarrow.png Independence County

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

Arkansas State with State Seal.png Arkansas
Online Records


Independence County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Independence County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded October 23, 1820
County Seat Batesville
Courthouse
ArkansasIndependenceCourthouse.jpg
Address Independence County Courthouse
192 East Main Street;
Batesville, AR 725091
Phone: 870.793.8828


County Courthouse

Independence County Courthouse
192 East Main Street;
Batesville, AR 725091
Phone: 870.793.8828

County Clerk has marriage records from 1826 and probate records from 1839; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records; County Library has burial records.[1]

Beginning years for Independence County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1826 1914* 1821 1820 1839
*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

  • 1820--Independence County was created 23 October 1820 from Lawrence and Arkansas Counties.

County seat: Batesville [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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Batesville, Newark, Sulphur Rock, Southside, Magness, Pleasant Plains, Desha, Locust Grove, Bethesda, Cushman, Hickory Valley, Rosie, Oil Trough

Neighboring Counties

Cleburne  • Izard  • Jackson  • Lawrence  • Sharp  • Stone  • White

Independence CountyJackson CountyWoodruff CountyWhite CountyFaulkner CountyCleburne CountyStone CountyIzard CountyFulton CountySharp CountyLawrence CountyRandolph CountyClay CountyGreene CountyCraighead CountyPoinsett CountyCross CountySt. Francis CountyPrairie CountyLonoke CountyVan Buren CountySearcy CountyMarion CountyBaxter CountyARIndependence.JPG


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

  • 1700s - When European observers returned to the area, the White River valley was no longer inhabited.
  • 1815 - Missouri Territory established Lawrence County, a huge area that encompassed most of what became north Arkansas.
  • 1820 October 20 - Independence County established.
  • 1828 - Independence County became an international border zone. The Cherokee traded the land back to the United States and moved west.
  • 1800s (late) - The county moved into the modern era with an economy based on agriculture, timber, and timber products

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Online Independence County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Independence County
Get a list of cemeteries
(then click to names of people)
Find printed records
(Often more complete)
  • Find A Grave Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
  • Billion Graves Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
  • Find A Grave Click Search for a Cemetery on the right, click All Countries - click United States, click State, click County and search.
  • ARGenWeb None listed - referred to other links.

More cemetery lists

Census

Church Records

Court

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1830-1923 Independence County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration and guardian bonds and letters 1853-1902; County Court records 1830-1849; Guardian bonds and letters 1868-1895; Letters of administration 1846-1881; Probate records 1839-1881; Wills 1833-1923.

Genealogy

Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Independence 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.

  • Neill, Robert. "Reminiscences of Independence County". Publications of the Arkansas Historical Association - v. 3 (1911).
  • Mosier, Susan. Hutchinson Mountain Vol. 2. Floral, Arkansas : S. Mosier, 1997.
  • Mosier, Susan. Hutchinson Mountain Vol. 1. Floral, Arkansas : S. Mosier, 1997.

Maps

Military

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, Independence County on page 91.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Independence 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 Independence County, Arkansas Genealogy:


- 2nd Regiment, Arkansas Volunteers (Confederate), Company C
- 7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[5], Companies A, C, K, and M
- 4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)
- 3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company B
- 3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company B

Online Records

Naturalization

Newspapers

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


Occupations

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Death
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Independence 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



Sites with online indexes or images of records
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 Independence 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 Independence County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Independence County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Independence County Message Board

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 68.
  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. George E Lankford, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=776&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 13, 2016), “Independence County.”
  5. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  6. Desmond Walls Allen, Fourth Arkansas Union Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 1. FHL book 976.7 M28dae
  7. Desmond Walls Allen, The Seventh Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988) FHL book 976.7 M22adw
  8. Ronald R. Bass, History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1996), p. 12 FHL book 976.7 M2ba
  9. Desmond Walls Allen, Thirty-eighth Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988), p. 1. FHL book 976.7 M2at
  10. Desmond Walls Allen, Forty-fifth Arkansas Confederate Calvary, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988), p. 1. FHL book 976.7 M2af
  11. Desmond Walls Allen, First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988), p. 2. FHL book 976.7 M2a
  12. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  13. 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.