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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Izard_County,_Arkansas|Izard County]]''
 
  
Guide to '''Izard 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
 
 
| county = Izard County
 
 
| county_map = Ar-izard.png
 
 
| state = Arkansas
 
 
| state_map = Arkansas.png
 
 
| founded year = 1825
 
 
| founded date = October 27
 
 
| seat wl = Melbourne
 
 
| building image = ArkansasIzardCourthouse.jpg
 
 
| building address = [http://izardcountyar.org/ Izard County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 327; <br>Melbourne, AR 726556<br>Phone: 870.368.4328 <br>
 
 
}}
 
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
 
[http://izardcountyar.org/ Izard County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 327; <br>Melbourne, AR 726556<br>Phone: 870.368.4328 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1889.<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 68.</ref>
 
 
{| 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]]'''
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]'''
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Court|Court]]'''
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
|-
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1889
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1889
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1889
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1889
 
|-
 
| colspan="6" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's</center>
 
|}
 
 
==== Government and Related Websites  ====
 
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" colspan="3" | <center>'''County Government and other Local Websites'''</center>
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=Arkansas&county=Izard County-clerk.net] (unofficial site)
 
| 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
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/AR_Izard.htm PublicRecords.com] (unofficial site)
 
| width="60%" | Provides links to County officials and public records
 
|}
 
 
== History  ==
 
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
 
*'''1825--'''Izard County was created in 27 October 1825 from [[Independence County, Arkansas Genealogy|Independence]] and [[Fulton County, Arkansas Genealogy|Fulton]] Counties.
 
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=26168 History of Izard County] at Ancestry.com ($)
 
 
'''County seat:''' Melbourne <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
 
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.
 
 
 
==== Variant Spellings  ====
 
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
'''1869'''  All records prior to April 11, 1869 were lost in a fire.<br>
 
'''1889'''  Fire destroyed all county records.<br>
 
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
 
*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Izard, Calico Rock|place|disp=Calico Rock}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Izard, Dolph|place|disp=Dolph}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Izard, Iuka|place|disp=Iuka}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Izard, Oxford|place|disp=Oxford}}
 
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
 
[[Baxter County, Arkansas Genealogy|Baxter]] {{•}}
 
[[Fulton County, Arkansas Genealogy|Fulton]] {{•}}
 
[[Independence County, Arkansas Genealogy|Independence]] {{•}}
 
[[Sharp County, Arkansas Genealogy|Sharp]] {{•}}
 
[[Stone County, Arkansas Genealogy|Stone]]
 
 
<center>{{ARIzard County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
 
 
===== 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 Izard County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>Susan Varno, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=777&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=: accessed January 13, 2016), “Izard County.”</ref>
 
* Osage hunted in the area prior to an 1808 treaty, and Shawnee also lived in the White River valley until 1833.
 
* 1802 - John Lafferty, a native of Ireland, traveled up the White River.
 
* 1810 - Lafferty and his family established the county’s first settlement at Lafferty Creek.
 
* 1825 October 27 - Izard County established.
 
* 1800s (early) - Keelboats began bringing settlers up the White River.
 
* 1860 - The 1860 census shows only five foreign-born residents in Izard County: four from Ireland and one from Germany. Those not born in the county came primarily from Tennessee, the Carolinas, and a few from Kentucky and Mississippi.
 
* 1870s (mid) - After the Civil War, many people starved in Izard County, resorting to eating grass and bark.
 
* 1910-1960 - The population of Izard County hit a high (14,500) in 1910 and a low (6,700) in 1960.  In 2010 the population was 13,700.
 
 
== Genealogy Resources  ==
 
 
==== Research Guides  ====
 
 
==== African Americans  ====
 
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;"
 
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| bgcolor="#EAC7FE" colspan="3" | <center>'''Online Izard County, Arkansas''' cemeteries <br>from [[Arkansas Cemeteries|state]] and [[United States Cemeteries|national]] resources</center>
 
|-
 
| width="34%" bgcolor="#CFF3FF" | <center>'''Search for names of people'''<br>in Izard County</center>
 
| width="34%" bgcolor="#F2DDFE" | <center>'''Get a list of cemeteries'''<br>(then click to names of people)</center>
 
| 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=125&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Find A Grave] Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
 
 
*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=21 Arkansas Gravestones] enter a name and click "Search"
 
 
*[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=125 Find A Grave]  Click '''Search for a Cemetery''' on the right, click '''All Countries''' - click '''United States''', click '''State''', click '''County''' and search.
 
 
*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=21 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
 
 
*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/izard.htm Interment.net]
 
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/izard-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
 
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/izard/izard.htm USGenWeb Archives]
 
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/izard.html Tombstone Project]
 
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/izard/cemetery/index.html ARGenWeb]
 
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/izard/izard.htm  RootsWeb]
 
 
*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
 
 
'''More cemetery lists'''
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Izard/cem/ Linkpendium]
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/izard/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List]
 
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/arkansas/index.html DeathIndexes.com] Scan through the list under '''Arkansas Death Records Indexes….'''
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-AR-NDX.html D'Addezio] Search/browse by cemetery name, not people. (Statewide)
 
 
| valign="top" bgcolor="#D4FFE9" |
 
*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Izard|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
 
**Also [[Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities and Towns|check towns]] for records
 
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Izard+county+Arkansas=Izard+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
 
 
*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
 
*[[Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
 
 
|}
 
 
==== Census  ====
 
 
==== Church Records  ====
 
 
{{AR Church Intro}}
 
 
==== Court  ====
 
 
==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Guardianship ====
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7Q8-WWL%3A353282201%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1889-1949] Izard 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)
 
**Includes Administration bonds and letters 1889-1949; Guardian bonds and letters 1889-1946; Probate records 1889-1930; Wills 1889-1942.
 
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
 
{{AR Land Intro}}
 
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/izard/land/izard.txt Izard County Federal Land Records] USGenWeb Archives
 
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
 
{{AR History Intro}}
 
*''Izard County, Arkansas''. Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2014.
 
**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE3744873 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free)
 
*''Izard County, Arkansas''.Vol 2  Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2014.
 
**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE3744885 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free)
 
*Shannon, Karr. ''A history of Izard County, Arkansas''. Little Rock, Arkansas : Democrat Print. and Lithographing Co., c1947.
 
**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE3997516 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free) and at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=26168 Ancestry.com] ($)
 
 
==== Maps  ====
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
 
*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/AR/County/izard.htm 1895 Izard County Map]
 
 
==== Military  ====
 
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
 
{{VAciv}}
 
 
:- [[7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|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>
 
:- [[14th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Powers') (Confederate)|14th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Powers') (Confederate)]]
 
:- [[27th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|27th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Company C (new), Companies G, H and I
 
:- [[38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]]
 
 
:
 
:- [[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>, Company A
 
 
<br>
 
 
===== World War II  =====
 
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/arkansas/izard.htm Izard County WW 2 Army &amp; Air Force Casualties] Access Genealogy
 
*[http://ancestrallychallenged.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=681 Arkansas Peace Society of 1861] Ancestrally Challenged
 
 
==== Naturalization  ====
 
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
 
{{AR Newspapers|Izard}}
 
 
==== Occupations  ====
 
 
==== Probate Records  ====
 
 
{{AR Probate Intro}}
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
 
*'''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 $
 
*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7Q8-WWL%3A353282201%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1889-1949] Izard 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)
 
**Includes Administration bonds and letters 1889-1949; Guardian bonds and letters 1889-1946; Probate records 1889-1930; Wills 1889-1942.
 
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
 
{{AR Tax Intro}}
 
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
 
{{AR Vital Intro}}
 
See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
 
 
===== Birth  =====
 
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/izard/births.htm Izard County Births] Izard County ARGenWeb
 
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
 
*'''1889-1956''' - Izard County Marriage Books [1]-12 Index 1889-1956 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>
 
*'''1889-1925''' - Izard County Marriage Index 1889-1925 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">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>
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/izard/Marriages/index.html Izard County Marriages Various Years] Izard County ARGenWeb
 
 
===== Death  =====
 
 
===== Vital Record Substitutes  =====
 
 
== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
 
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-society-archive/ List of Arkansas Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/izard/ Izard County Historical &amp; Genealogical Society] Izard County ARGenWeb
 
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
| width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFF66" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Izard|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
 
| width="70%" | Select topics. For towns, [[{{PAGENAME}}#Places.2FLocalities|click here]].
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Izard+county%2C+arkansas&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
| width="70%" | Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=izard+county%2C+arkansas&te=ILS Allen County Public Library]
 
| Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.ark-ives.com/documenting/county_records.aspx Arkansas History Commission] Select the county
 
| Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
 
|-
 
| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>[[{{PAGENAME}}#Genealogy_Societies_and_Libraries|Local libraries]] and [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]] may suggest other catalogs</center>
 
|}
 
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
 
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
 
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
 
==== Websites  ====
 
 
{{WA Websites Intro}}
 
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
| width="100%" bgcolor="#ADFF85" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites with online indexes or images of records''' </center>
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.argenweb.net/izard/ ARGenWeb]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/izard/izard.htm USGenWeb Archives]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Izard/ Rootsweb]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
 
|}
 
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Izard/ Linkpendium]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/izard/ CyndisList]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/izard-county StateofUS.com]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
 
|}
 
 
<br>
 
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
| width="100%" bgcolor="#FAEBD7" colspan="3" | <center>'''Social networking sites pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/izard/ genealogy.com]
 
| width="70%" | Izard County, AR Genealogy Forum
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties.izard/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
 
| width="70%" | Izard County Message Board
 
|}
 
 
== References  ==
 
 
<references />
 
 
 
 
[[Category:IGIcheck]] [[Category:Izard_County,_Arkansas]]
 

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