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Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy


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

County Facts
County seat: Melbourne
Organized: October 27, 1825
Parent County(s): Independence and Fulton[1]
Neighboring Counties
Baxter  • Fulton  • Independence  • Sharp  • Stone
See County Maps
Location Map

County InformationEdit


The county was named for the second Governor of the Territory, George Izard.[2] It is located in the north of the state.[3]

County CourthouseEdit

Izard County Courthouse
PO Box 327;
Melbourne, AR 72556
Phone: 870.368.4328
Izard County Website

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1889.[4]

Izard County, ArkansasEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1889 1914* 1889 1889 1889 1830
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record LossEdit

  • 1869 - All records prior to April 11, 1869 were lost in a fire.
  • 1889 - Fire destroyed all county records.

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1825--Izard County was created in 27 October 1825 from Independence and Fulton Counties.
  • County seat: Melbourne[6]

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

Populated PlacesEdit

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

Unincorporated communities
  • Athens
  • Baker
  • Barren Fork
  • Big Spring
  • Bryan
  • Claiborne
  • Drytown
  • Franklin
  • Gid
  • Guion
  • Guthrie
  • Jefferson
  • Lacrosse
  • Lafferty
  • Lunenberg
  • Mill Creek
  • Mount Olive
  • Newburg
  • New Hope
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Sage
  • Strawberry
  • Union
  • White River

History TimelineEdit

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, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [8]

  • 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.


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Izard, 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 RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 1,266
1840 2,240 76.9%
1850 3,213 43.4%
1860 7,215 124.6%
1870 6,806 −5.7%
1880 10,857 59.5%
1890 13,038 20.1%
1900 13,506 3.6%
1910 14,561 7.8%
1920 13,871 −4.7%
1930 12,872 −7.2%
1940 12,834 −0.3%
1950 9,953 −22.4%
1960 6,766 −32.0%
1970 7,381 9.1%
1980 10,768 45.9%
1990 11,364 5.5%
2000 13,249 16.6%
2010 13,696 3.4%
Source: "".

Church RecordsEdit

Court RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit



  • Probate Records 1889-1949 Izard County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: 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 RecordsEdit

Local HistoriesEdit

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.

  • Izard County, Arkansas. Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2014.
  • Izard County, Arkansas.Vol 2 Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2014.
  • Shannon, Karr. A history of Izard County, Arkansas. Little Rock, Arkansas : Democrat Print. and Lithographing Co., c1947.
  • History of Izard County at ($)

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

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

- 7th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate) [9]
- 14th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Powers') (Confederate)
- 27th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company C (new), Companies G, H and I
- 38th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[10], Company A

Online Records

World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


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


Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

Vital RecordsEdit

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records


Birth Records reveal
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In 1877, a few county and city clerks[11] started keeping birth and death records.

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


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




Research FacilitiesEdit


Family History CentersEdit

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.





  • 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 GuidesEdit


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Izard County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”,
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Izard County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Arkansas
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Izard 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.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Izard County, Arkansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Arkansas, accessed 18 September 2018.
  8. Susan Varno, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, ( accessed January 13, 2016), “Izard County.”
  9. Desmond Walls Allen, The Seventh Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1988) FHL book 976.7 M22adw
  10. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  11. 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)
  12. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  13. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at