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See an interactive map of Miller County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes].  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/MapsIndex.htm Miller County Maps ] -  Miller County ARGenWeb  
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/MapsIndex.htm Miller County Maps ] -  Miller County ARGenWeb  
  
 
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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]
 
*[http://www.txar-publib.org/ Texarkana Public Library]  
 
*[http://www.txar-publib.org/ Texarkana Public Library]  
 
*Miller County Genealogical Society:<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txkusa/GenSoc.html Texarkana USA Genealogical Society]<br>PO Box 2323, Texarkana, TX 75504-2323<br>gensoctx@hotmail.com  
 
*Miller County Genealogical Society:<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txkusa/GenSoc.html Texarkana USA Genealogical Society]<br>PO Box 2323, Texarkana, TX 75504-2323<br>gensoctx@hotmail.com  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/miller-county/ Miller County, AR History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117010845362856133445 Arkansas Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/150523158353289/ Arkansas Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/ Miller County] ARGenWeb Project  
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/ Miller County] ARGenWeb Project  
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/ ARGenWeb Project]  
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/ ARGenWeb Project]  

Revision as of 10:23, 20 March 2014

United States Gotoarrow.png Arkansas Gotoarrow.png Miller County

Guide to Miller County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records


Miller County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Miller County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 1, 1820
County Seat Texarkana
Courthouse
Address Miller County Courthouse
Vital Records
400 Laurel Street, Texarkana, AR 71854
Phone: 870-774-1501



County Courthouse

Miller County Courthouse
Vital Records
400 Laurel Street, Texarkana, AR 71854
Phone: 870-774-1501

County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records from 1875; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.[1]

Beginning years for Miller County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1875 1914* 1874 1874 1874
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

History

Parent County

1820--Miller County was created 1 April 1820 from Lafayette County. It was abolished in 1836 and re-established in 1874.  County seat: Texarkana [3]

The county was named for James Miller, territorial governor of Arkansas.

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

For a list of record loss in Arkansas counties see: Arkansas Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities:  Rondo, Garland City, Sulphur Township and Texarkana

The City of Texarkana is located in two states. In the middle of the city is a street called State Line Road which separates the city between Bowie County, Texas and Miller County, Arkansas. Texarkana is the county seat for Miller County, Arkansas, and a marriage license purchased in Miller County, Arkansas is not valid in the State of Texas.

Neighboring Counties

Bossier Parish, Louisiana  • Bowie County, Texas  • Caddo Parish, Louisiana  • Cass County, Texas  • Hempstead  • Lafayette  • Little River  •

Miller CountyLittle River CountyHempstead CountyLafayette CountyBowie CountyBossier ParishCass CountyCaddo ParishColumbia CountyNevada CountyHoward CountyMcCurtain CountyMarion CountyHarrison CountyMorris CountyWebster CountySevier CountyARMiller.JPG

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Census

Church Records

Church Records - partial listing  -  USGenWeb Archives

Court

Genealogy

Land and Property

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.

History Timeline

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Arkansas County - The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture [1]

  • People have lived in the Miller County area for at least 10,000 years.
  • 1778 - By this time, the Caddo Indians, who had inhabited the area, left their towns in the Great Bend region of southwest Arkansas.
  • 1700s - This area was claimed by the Quapaw
  • 1820 April 1 - The legislature established Miller County
  • 1838 - the first Miller County was abolished
  • 1850 - Interest in settling in this part of the state was slow to develop because the U.S. government had listed the area as “swamplands,” unfit for settlement, under the Swamp Lands Act of 1850.
  • 1874 December 22 - Miller County was reestablished.
  • 1874-1900 - The county’s population boomed, mainly in response to the railroad and the influx of immigrants and settlers.
  • 1940s - World War II boosted Miller County’s economy with two manufacturing facilities just over the state line: the Red River Army Ammunition Plant and the Lone Star Army Ammunition Depot.

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]
World War I
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War

Naturalization

Newspapers

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


Occupations

Probate Records

  • Probate Records 1875-1931 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration records 1875-1918; Dockets 1883-1889; Executor records 1875-1918; Guardian records 1875-1918; Probate record index 1875; Probate records 1875-1893; Wills 1875-1931.

Taxation

Vital Records

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Death
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

  • Arkansas History Commission & State Archives
    One Capitol Mall
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Tel: 501-682-6900
  • Arkansas Historical Association
    History Department
    Ozark Hall, 12, University of Arkansas
    Old Main 416
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
    Tel: 501-575-5884

Family History Centers

Websites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 69.
  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. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  5. 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.