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Guide to '''Lafayette County, Arkansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
| county = Lafayette County
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|organized=  October 15,  1827
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|county seat= Lewisville
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|parent county= [[Hempstead County, Arkansas Genealogy|Hempstead]]<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Bossier Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Bossier (LA)]]
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|county2= [[Caddo Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Caddo (LA)]]
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|county3= [[Columbia County, Arkansas Genealogy|Columbia]]
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|county4= [[Hempstead County, Arkansas Genealogy|Hempstead]]
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|county5= [[Miller County, Arkansas Genealogy|Miller]]
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|county6= [[Nevada County, Arkansas Genealogy|Nevada]]
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|county7= [[Webster Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Webster (LA)]]</br><center>[[Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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[[Image:RedRiverMeandersArkansas1.jpg |thumb|right|200px|<center>Red River meanders in Lafayette and Miller Counties, Arkansas</center>]]
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== County Information ==
  
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=== Description ===
  
| state = Arkansas
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{AR Courthouse Intro|Lafayette}}
  
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'''Lafayette County Courthouse'''<br>2 Courthouse Square<br>Lewisville, AR 71845<br>Phone: 870.921.4633<br>[http://lafayettecounty.arkansas.gov/index.php Lafayette County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1848 and probate records; <br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and land records.<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
| founded year = 1827
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=== Lafayette County, Arkansas ===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County 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="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1914*
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1828
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1914*
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1828
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| colspan="7" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's</center>
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| founded date = October 15
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
| seat wl = Lewisville
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| adoption_sign = Adoption ARGenWeb
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{AR Boundary Changes Intro|Lafayette}}
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*'''1827--'''Lafayette County was created 15 October 1827&nbsp;from [[Hempstead County, Arkansas Genealogy|Hempstead]] County.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*'''County seat:''' Lewisville<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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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.
  
[http://www.arkansasties.com/Johnson/Structures/CourtHouse/Courthouse1.htm Lafayette County Courthouse]<br>2 Courthouse Square<br>Lewisville, AR 71845<br>Phone: 870.921.4633 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1848 <br>and probate records; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce<br>and land 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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== History  ==
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{AR Populated Places Intro|Lafayette}}
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The following are locations in Lafayette County, Arkansas:
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{AR Historical Timeline Intro|Lafayette}}
  
*'''1827--'''Lafayette County was created 15 October 1827&nbsp;from [[Hempstead County, Arkansas|Hempstead]] County.&nbsp;&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Lewisville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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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 Lafayette County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>Glynn McCalman, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=781&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 14, 2016), “Lafayette County.</ref>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*1800s (early) - Identification of specific European explorers and settlers in the future Lafayette County area of the Louisiana Purchase is difficult.
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*1815 - The New Madrid Earthquakes and the War of 1812 prompted President James Monroe to survey and offer lands from the Louisiana Purchase to veterans and displaced farmers.
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*1826 - The first years for the settlers on Long Prairie were especially difficult with uncomfortable wilderness conditions afflicting the community. Many pulled up stakes and move 100 miles to the east.
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*1827 October 15 - Lafayette County was organized.
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*1861-1865 - Like most areas in the South, Lafayette County was devastated by the Civil War.
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*1865-1877 - The most significant change during this period may have been the proliferation of family farms.
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*1880s - Another dramatic change of the era was the arrival of the railroad.
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*1900-1940s - The first four decades of the twentieth century saw both prosperity and depression. Banks failed, mortgagers foreclosed, properties were lost, and crop values plummeted.
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*1930-2010 - The population of Lafayettte County hit its high mark in 1930 at 16,900 and is now (2010) at less than half that number at 7,600
  
See an interactive map of Lafayette County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes].
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== Resources ==
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{{AR Resources Intro|Lafayette}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{AR Bible Intro|Lafayette}}
  
== Places/Localities ==
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=== Biographies ===
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{{AR Biographies Intro|Lafayette}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{AR Business Records Intro|Lafayette}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{AR Cemeteries Intro|Lafayette}}
  
*[[Bossier Parish, Louisiana|Bossier Parish, Louisiana]]  
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*[[Caddo Parish, Louisiana|Caddo Parish, Louisiana]]  
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*[[Columbia County, Arkansas|Columbia]]  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Lafayette County, Arkansas''' online and in print</center>
*[[Hempstead County, Arkansas|Hempstead]]  
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*[[Miller County, Arkansas|Miller]]  
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
*[[Nevada County, Arkansas|Nevada]]  
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*[[Webster Parish, Louisiana|Webster Parish, Louisiana]]
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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=129&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=25 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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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Lafayette|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Lafayette+county+Arkansas=Lafayette+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=129 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=25 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/lafayette.htm Interment.net]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/lafayette-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/search/search.cgi/searchar.htm?q=Lafayette+County+Cemeteries USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/lafayette.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/lafayette/lacem.html ARGenWeb] Some overlap with USGenWeb.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/lafayette/lafayette.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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== Resources  ==
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=== Census Records ===
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{{AR Census Intro|Lafayette}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{AR Church Intro|Lafayette}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{AR Court Intro|Lafayette}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{AR Directories Intro|Lafayette}}
  
==== Land ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{AR Emigration Intro|Lafayette}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{AR Ethnic Groups Intro|Lafayette}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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==== African Americans ====
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{{AR African Americans Intro|Lafayette}}
  
==== Military  ====
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:*1866-1868 — ''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VRS-6TL%3A1076658802%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Lewisville] at [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only;'' letters
  
===== ''Civil War''<br> =====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{AR Funeral Homes Intro|Lafayette}}
  
*Men from this county served in the [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)]]<sup>1</sup> .<br>
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{AR Genealogies Intro|Lafayette}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1.&nbsp; Allen, Desmond Walls. ''The Third Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry'' (Union) Infantry (Arkansas Research: Conway, Arkansas, 1987.)<br>
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{AR Guardianship Intro|Lafayette}}
  
<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QC-K38%3A353224501%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1828-1925] Lafayette 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 bonds 1859-1905; Letters of administration and guardianship 1859-1906; Miscellaneous probate records 1844-1858; Probate records 1828-1897; Wills 1846-1925.
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{AR Land Intro|Lafayette}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{AR Histories Intro|Lafayette}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AR History Intro}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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*'''''Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas'''''. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7192 Ancestry.com] ($)
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{AR Maps Intro|Lafayette}}
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{{AR Neighboring Counties Intro|{{ARLafayette County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
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=== Migration ===
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{{AR Migration Intro|Lafayette}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{AR Military Intro|Lafayette}}
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==== Civil War ====
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{{AR Civil War Intro|Lafayette}}
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{{AR Civil War Regiments|Lafayette}}
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:- [[6th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|6th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]
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:- [[19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dockery's) (Confederate)|19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dockery's)&nbsp;(Confederate)]]
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:- [[20th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|20th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Company K
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:- [[26th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|26th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Company G
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:- [[Abraham's Company, Arkansas Mounted Volunteers (State Troops) (Confederate)|Abraham's Company, Arkansas Mounted Volunteers (State Troops) (Confederate)]]
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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>, Company I
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'''Online Records
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932392|Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{AR Naturalization Intro|Lafayette}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{AR Newspapers Intro|Lafayette}}
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{{AR Newspapers|Lafayette}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{AR Obituaries Intro|Lafayette}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{AR Other Records Intro|Lafayette}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{AR Periodicals Intro|Lafayette}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{AR Probate Intro|Lafayette}}
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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://search.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-K38%3A353224501%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1828-1925] Lafayette 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 bonds 1859-1905; Letters of administration and guardianship 1859-1906; Miscellaneous probate records 1844-1858; Probate records 1828-1897; Wills 1846-1925.
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=== School Records ===
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{{AR Schools Intro|Lafayette}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{AR Tax Intro|Lafayette}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{AR Vital Intro|Lafayette}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Birth Intro|Lafayette}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Lafayette}}
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*'''1828 - 1952''' - Lafayette County Marriage Books 1-2, C-Z, A2-G2 Index 1828-1952 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc">FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "[[Arkansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]," in ''FamilySearch Wiki.''</ref>
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*'''1828 - 1921''' - Lafayette County Marriage Books 1-2, C-S Index 1828-1921 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
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==== Death ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Death Intro|Lafayette}}
  
 
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/ar/lafayette/webbbs_config.pl Lafayette County, Arkansas Obituary Collection] From GenealogyBuff.com ~ Free. From Various Funeral Homes around Stamps, Lewisville, Bradley, and Buckner, Arkansas.
 
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/ar/lafayette/webbbs_config.pl Lafayette County, Arkansas Obituary Collection] From GenealogyBuff.com ~ Free. From Various Funeral Homes around Stamps, Lewisville, Bradley, and Buckner, Arkansas.
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Divorce ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Lafayette}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{AR Research Facilities Intro|Lafayette}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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=== Archives ===
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{{AR Archives Intro|Lafayette}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Libraries ===
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{{AR Libraries Intro|Lafayette}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{AR Museums Intro|Lafayette}}
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== Societies ==
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{{AR Societies Intro|Lafayette}}
  
*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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== Websites ==
*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Lafayette|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{AR Websites Intro|Lafayette}}
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Lafayette/ Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
  
== References  ==
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/lafayette/lafayette.htm USGenWeb Archives]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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* [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Lafayette/ RootsWeb ]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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* [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Lafayette// Linkpendium]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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* [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/Lafayette// CyndisList]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|194576|Arkansas|Lafayette}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
  
<references />
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== Research Guides ==
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{{AR Research Guides Intro|Lafayette}}
  
{{Arkansas|Arkansas}} {{Arkansas-stub}}
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== References ==
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<references />
  
[[Category:Lafayette_County,_Arkansas]]
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{{Arkansas|Arkansas}}
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[[Category:IGIcheck]] [[Category:Lafayette_County,_Arkansas]][[Category:Arkansas_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 17:14, 3 October 2017

United States
Arkansas
Lafayette County
 

Guide to Lafayette 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: Lewisville
Organized: October 15, 1827
Parent County(s): Hempstead[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bossier (LA)  • Caddo (LA)  • Columbia  • Hempstead  • Miller  • Nevada  • Webster (LA)
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Lafayette County Courthouse
2 Courthouse Square
Lewisville, AR 71845
Phone: 870.921.4633
Lafayette County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1848 and probate records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and land records.[2]

Lafayette County, Arkansas

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1828 1914* 1828 1828 1828
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1827--Lafayette County was created 15 October 1827 from Hempstead County.  
  • County seat: Lewisville[4]

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

The following are locations in Lafayette County, Arkansas:

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 Lafayette County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [5]

  • 1800s (early) - Identification of specific European explorers and settlers in the future Lafayette County area of the Louisiana Purchase is difficult.
  • 1815 - The New Madrid Earthquakes and the War of 1812 prompted President James Monroe to survey and offer lands from the Louisiana Purchase to veterans and displaced farmers.
  • 1826 - The first years for the settlers on Long Prairie were especially difficult with uncomfortable wilderness conditions afflicting the community. Many pulled up stakes and move 100 miles to the east.
  • 1827 October 15 - Lafayette County was organized.
  • 1861-1865 - Like most areas in the South, Lafayette County was devastated by the Civil War.
  • 1865-1877 - The most significant change during this period may have been the proliferation of family farms.
  • 1880s - Another dramatic change of the era was the arrival of the railroad.
  • 1900-1940s - The first four decades of the twentieth century saw both prosperity and depression. Banks failed, mortgagers foreclosed, properties were lost, and crop values plummeted.
  • 1930-2010 - The population of Lafayettte County hit its high mark in 1930 at 16,900 and is now (2010) at less than half that number at 7,600

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Lafayette County, Arkansas online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
  • Find A Grave Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
  • Arkansas Gravestones enter a name and click "Search"
  • Billion Graves Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Arkansas Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

African Americans

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1828-1925 Lafayette County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration bonds 1859-1905; Letters of administration and guardianship 1859-1906; Miscellaneous probate records 1844-1858; Probate records 1828-1897; Wills 1846-1925.

Land and Property Records

Local Histories

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

  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Maps and Gazetteers

Click on a neighboring county to go to the wiki page.
Lafayette CountyMiller CountyColumbia CountyNevada CountyHempstead CountyLittle River CountySevier CountyHoward CountyClark CountyOauchita CountyCaddo ParishBossier ParishWebster ParishClaiborne ParishBowie CountyCass CountyMarion CountyHarrison CountyMcCurtain CountyARLafayette.JPG

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

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

- 6th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dockery's) (Confederate)
- 20th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 26th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- Abraham's Company, Arkansas Mounted Volunteers (State Troops) (Confederate)
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[6], Company I

Online Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Websites

  • 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

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 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.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Glynn McCalman, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=781&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 14, 2016), “Lafayette County.”
  6. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  7. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  8. 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.