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Guide to '''Miller County Arkansas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Miller 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
  
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|organized=  April 1,  1820
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|county seat= Texarkana
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|parent county= [[Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lafayette]]<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= [[Bowie County, Texas Genealogy|Bowie (TX)]]
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|county3= [[Caddo Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Caddo (LA)]]
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|county4= [[Cass County, Texas Genealogy|Cass (TX)]]
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|county5= [[Hempstead County, Arkansas Genealogy|Hempstead]]
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|county6= [[Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lafayette]]
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|county7= [[Little River County, Arkansas Genealogy|Little River]]</br><center>[[Miller County, Arkansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
| county = Miller County
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=== Description ===
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{AR Courthouse Intro|Miller}}
  
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'''Miller County Courthouse'''<br>Vital Records<br>400 Laurel Street, Texarkana, AR 71854<br>Phone: 870-774-1501<br>[http://www.millercountyar.org/ Miller County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records from 1875; <br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
| state = Arkansas
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=== Miller 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" | '''[[Miller County, Arkansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Miller County, Arkansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Miller County, Arkansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Miller County, Arkansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Miller County, Arkansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Miller County, Arkansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Miller 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" |1875
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1914*
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1874
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1874
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1874
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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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=== Record Loss ===
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'''1828'''  Fire burned the courthouse.<br><br>
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| founded year = 1820
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{AR Boundary Changes Intro|Miller}}
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*'''1820--'''Miller County was created 1 April 1820 from [[Lafayette County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lafayette]] County. It&nbsp;was abolished in 1836 and re-established in 1874.&nbsp;
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*The county was named for James Miller, territorial governor of Arkansas.
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*'''County seat:''' Texarkana<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.
  
| founded date = April 1
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| seat wl = Texarkana
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{AR Populated Places Intro|Miller}}
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The following are locations in Miller County, Arkansas:
  
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{AR Historical Timeline Intro|Miller}}
  
| building address = [http://www.millercountyar.org/ Miller County Courthouse]<br>Vital Records<br>400 Laurel Street, Texarkana, AR 71854<br>Phone: 870-774-1501
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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 Miller County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]<ref>Beverly J. Rowe, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=790&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 14, 2016), “Miller County.”</ref>
  
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* 1778 - By this time, the Caddo Indians, who had inhabited the area, left their towns in the Great Bend region of southwest Arkansas.
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* 1700s - This area was claimed by the Quapaw
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* 1820 April 1 - The legislature established Miller County
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* 1838 - the first Miller County was abolished
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* 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.
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* 1874 December 22 - Miller County was reestablished.
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* 1874-1900 -  The county’s population boomed, mainly in response to the railroad and the influx of immigrants and settlers.
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* 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.
  
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'''Additional Information'''<br>
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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.
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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== Resources ==
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{{AR Resources Intro|Miller}}
  
[http://www.millercountyar.org/ Miller County Courthouse]<br>Vital Records<br>400 Laurel Street, Texarkana, AR 71854<br>Phone: 870-774-1501
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{AR Bible Intro|Miller}}
  
County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records from 1875; <br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 69.</ref>
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{AR Biographies Intro|Miller}}
  
== History  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{AR Business Records Intro|Miller}}
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{AR Cemeteries Intro|Miller}}
  
'''1820--'''Miller County was created 1 April 1820 from [[Lafayette County, Arkansas|Lafayette]] County. It&nbsp;was abolished in 1836 and re-established in 1874.&nbsp; '''County seat: '''Texarkana <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Miller County, Arkansas''' online and in print</center>
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</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=138&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=34 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, Miller|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Miller+county+Arkansas=Miller+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Miller 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=138 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=34 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/miller.htm Interment.net]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/miller-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/millercem.html USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/miller.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/CemIndex.htm ARGenWeb] Select a county, then "Cemeteries." Some overlap with USGenWeb.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/miller/miller.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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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ar/ African American Cemeteries Online] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/CemIndex.htm Cemeteries of Miller County]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/miller.html Tombstone Transcription Project&nbsp;] -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave]
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*[http://www.ancestorsatrest.com/ Ancestors At Rest]
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*[http://www3.sympatico.ca/bkinnon/cemeteries.htm Cemetery and Tombstone Transcriptions and Registers]
  
The county was named for James Miller, territorial governor of Arkansas.<br>
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=== Census Records ===
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{{AR Census Intro|Miller}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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The 1840 - 1870 censuses do not include old Miller County, since the county was discontinued in 1836. Possibilities to check:
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: 1840, 1850, 1860: Lafayette, Hempstead, Sevier
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: 1870: Lafayette
  
See an interactive map of Miller County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes].
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/census/1830/1830indx.txt 1830 Census&nbsp; Index]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/miller.htm 1880 Census Sulphur Township]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/census/1880/ 1880 Federal Census Images]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
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=== Church Records ===
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{{AR Church Intro|Miller}}
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[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/miller.htm Church Records] - partial listing&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{AR Court Intro|Miller}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Directories ===
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{{AR Directories Intro|Miller}}
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{AR Emigration Intro|Miller}}
  
'''Towns and Cities:&nbsp; '''{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Miller%2C+Rondo|subject|disp=Rondo}}, {{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Miller%2C+Garland+City|subject|disp=Garland City}}, {{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Miller%2C+Sulphur+Township|subject|disp=Sulphur Township}} and {{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Miller%2C+Texarkana|subject|disp=Texarkana}}  
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{AR Ethnic Groups Intro|Miller}}
  
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.<br>
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{AR Funeral Homes Intro|Miller}}
  
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{AR Genealogies Intro|Miller}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{AR Guardianship Intro|Miller}}
  
*[[Bossier Parish, Louisiana|Bossier Parish, Louisiana]]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QC-KWL%3A353224801%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1875-1931] Miller 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)
*[[Bowie County, Texas|Bowie County, Texas]]
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**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.
*[[Caddo Parish, Louisiana|Caddo Parish, Louisiana]]
 
*[[Cass County, Texas|Cass County, Texas]]
 
*[[Hempstead County, Arkansas|Hempstead]]
 
*[[Lafayette County, Arkansas|Lafayette]]
 
*[[Little River County, Arkansas|Little River]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{AR Land Intro|Miller}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*Homestead and Cash Entry Patents Before 1908&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/land/miller-e.txt Miller County Land Records&nbsp; 1890]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
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*[http://searches.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/arkland/arkland.pl Arkansas Land Records Interactive Search]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Rootsweb
  
[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/CemIndex.htm Cemeteries of Miller County]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{AR Histories Intro|Miller}}
  
[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/miller.html Tombstone Transcription Project&nbsp;] -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project
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{{AR History Intro}}
  
[http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave]  
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/FGS.htm Family Group Sheets]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/PhotoAlbum.htm Photo Album&nbsp;] -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/Surnames.htm Miller County Surnames]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller county ARGenWeb
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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] ($)
  
[http://www.ancestorsatrest.com/ Ancestors At Rest]
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{AR Maps Intro|Miller}}
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{{AR Neighboring Counties Intro|{{ARMiller, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}}}
  
[http://www3.sympatico.ca/bkinnon/cemeteries.htm Cemetery and Tombstone Transcriptions and Registers]  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/MapsIndex.htm Miller County Maps&nbsp;] -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{AR Migration Intro|Miller}}
  
[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/miller.htm Church Records] - partial listing&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
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=== Military Records ===
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{{AR Military Intro|Miller}}
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Revolutionary War ====
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{{AR Revolutionary War Intro|Miller}}
  
==== Land  ====
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]
  
*Homestead and Cash Entry Patents Before 1908&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
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==== Civil War ====
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/land/miller-e.txt Miller County Land Records&nbsp; 1890]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
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{{AR Civil War Intro|Miller}}
*[http://searches.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/arkland/arkland.pl Arkansas Land Records Interactive Search]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Rootsweb
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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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*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
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==== World War I ====
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{{AR World War I Intro|Miller}}
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/Military/SweeneyGeoEdwardMilDanceCard1918.jpg 1918 Military Dance Card]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/military/ww1/ww1.txt World War I Monument]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== World War II ====
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{{AR World War II Intro|Miller}}
  
*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/FGS.htm Family Group Sheets]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
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*[http://media.nara.gov/media/images/28/25/28-2471a.gif World War II Casualties Miller County]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/PhotoAlbum.htm Photo Album&nbsp;] -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/Surnames.htm Miller County Surnames]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller county ARGenWeb
 
  
==== Maps  ====
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==== Korean War ====
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{{AR Korean War Intro|Miller}}
  
[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/MapsIndex.htm Miller County Maps&nbsp;] -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/military/korean-war/casualty-lists/ar-alpha.pdf Korean War Casualties State of Arkansas]&nbsp;
  
==== Military  ====
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==== Vietnam War ====
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{{AR Vietnam War Intro|Miller}}
  
===== '''''Revolutionary War'''''  =====
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/Military/VietnamWall.htm Texarkana Residents on Memorial Wall]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
  
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{AR Naturalization Intro|Miller}}
  
===== '''''World War I'''''  =====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{AR Newspapers Intro|Miller}}
  
*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/Military/SweeneyGeoEdwardMilDanceCard1918.jpg 1918 Military Dance Card]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
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{{AR Newspapers|Miller}}
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/military/ww1/ww1.txt World War I Monument]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
 
  
===== '''''World War II'''''  =====
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/Newspapers_Articles.htm Newspapers Past and Present]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
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*[http://www.texarkanagazette.com/ Texarkana Gazette]
  
*[http://media.nara.gov/media/images/28/25/28-2471a.gif World War II Casualties Miller County]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{AR Obituaries Intro|Miller}}
  
===== '''''Korean War'''''  =====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{AR Other Records Intro|Miller}}
  
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/korean-war/casualty-lists/ar-alpha.pdf Korean War Casualties State of Arkansas]&nbsp;
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{AR Periodicals Intro|Miller}}
  
===== '''''Vietnam War'''''  =====
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{AR Probate Intro|Miller}}
  
*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/Military/VietnamWall.htm Texarkana Residents on Memorial Wall]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
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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-KWL%3A353224801%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1875-1931] Miller 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 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.
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{AR Schools Intro|Miller}}
  
*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/Newspapers_Articles.htm Newspapers Past and Present]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Miller County ARGenWeb
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=== Tax Records ===
*[http://www.texarkanagazette.com/ Texarkana Gazette]
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{{AR Tax Intro|Miller}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{AR Vital Intro|Miller}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Birth Intro|Miller}}
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/census/1830/1830indx.txt 1830 Census&nbsp; Index]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
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==== Marriage ====
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/census/1880/sulph1880ndx.txt 1880 Census Sulphur Township]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
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{{AR Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Miller}}
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/census/1880/ 1880 Federal Census Images]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
 
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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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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*'''1875 - 1951''' - Miller County Marriage Books A-Z, AA-ZZ, 1-33 Index 1875-1951 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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*'''1875 - 1921''' - Miller County Marriage Books A-Z Index 1875-1921 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>
  
[http://www.txar-publib.org/ Texarkana Public Library]
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==== Death ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Death Intro|Miller}}
  
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==== Divorce ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Miller}}
  
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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== Research Facilities ==
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{{AR Research Facilities Intro|Miller}}
  
==== <br>Family History Center  ====
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=== Archives ===
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{{AR Archives Intro|Miller}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*Arkansas History Commission &amp; State Archives<br>One Capitol Mall<br>Little Rock, AR 72201<br>Telephone: 501-682-6900
  
3701 Moores Lane, Texarkana, Texas<br>Phone: (903) 831-5225 Hours: T, Th 6pm-9pm; F-Sat 9am-5pm.<br>Closed the last two weeks of December.
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives<br>Old Washington Historical State Park<br>Box 134, Washington, AR 71862<br>Tel: 870-983-2684 (Mon-Fri)<br>870-983-2733 (Sat-Sun)<br>Open 7 days a week 9:00a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
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=== Libraries ===
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{{AR Libraries Intro|Miller}}
  
<br>Arkansas History Commission &amp; State Archives<br>One Capitol Mall<br>Little Rock, AR 72201<br>Tel: 501-682-6900
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*[http://www.txar-publib.org/ Texarkana Public Library]
  
<br>Arkansas Historical Association<br>History Department<br>Ozark Hall, 12, University of Arkansas<br>Old Main 416<br>Fayetteville, AR 72701<br>Tel: 501-575-5884 <br>
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=== Museums ===
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{{AR Museums Intro|Miller}}
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*Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives<br>Old Washington Historical State Park<br>Box 134, Washington, AR 71862<br>Telephone: 870-983-2684 (Mon-Fri)<br>870-983-2733 (Sat-Sun)<br>Open 7 days a week 9:00a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  
== Web Sites  ==
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== Societies ==
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{{AR Societies Intro|Miller}}
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*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<br>
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*Arkansas Historical Association<br>History Department<br>Ozark Hall, 12, University of Arkansas<br>Old Main 416<br>Fayetteville, AR 72701<br>Telephone: 501-575-5884
  
*[http://www.argenweb.net/miller/ Miller County] ARGenWeb Project
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== Websites ==
*[http://www.argenweb.net/ ARGenWeb Project]
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{{AR Websites Intro|Miller}}
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.<br>
 
*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Miller|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Miller/ Miller County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*USGenWeb Archives Project [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/miller.htm Miller County]
 
*Cyndi's List - [http://www.cyndislist.com/ar.htm Arkansas Resources]
 
  
== References  ==
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* [http://www.argenweb.net/miller/ ARGenWeb]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/miller/miller.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/Miller/ RootsWeb]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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* [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Miller/ Linkpendium]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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* [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/miller/ CyndisList]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|194602|Arkansas|Miller}}- 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
  
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== Research Guides ==
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{{AR Research Guides Intro|Miller}}
  
{{Arkansas|Arkansas}}
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== References ==
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Latest revision as of 18:21, 3 October 2017

United States
Arkansas
Miller County
 

Guide to Miller 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: Texarkana
Organized: April 1, 1820
Parent County(s): Lafayette[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bossier (LA)  • Bowie (TX)  • Caddo (LA)  • Cass (TX)  • Hempstead  • Lafayette  • Little River
See County Maps
Courthouse
ArkansasMillerCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Ar-miller.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption

County Information

Description

County Courthouse

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

County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records from 1875;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.[2]

Miller County, Arkansas

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1875 1914* 1874 1874 1874
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

1828 Fire burned the courthouse.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1820--Miller County was created 1 April 1820 from Lafayette County. It was abolished in 1836 and re-established in 1874. 
  • The county was named for James Miller, territorial governor of Arkansas.
  • County seat: Texarkana[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 Miller 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 Miller County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [5]

  • 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.

Additional Information
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.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Miller 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

The 1840 - 1870 censuses do not include old Miller County, since the county was discontinued in 1836. Possibilities to check:

1840, 1850, 1860: Lafayette, Hempstead, Sevier
1870: Lafayette

Church Records

Church Records - partial listing  -  USGenWeb Archives

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1875-1931 Miller County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: 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.

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Click on a neighboring county to go to the wiki page.
Miller CountyLittle River CountyHempstead CountyLafayette CountyBowie CountyBossier ParishCass CountyCaddo ParishColumbia CountyNevada CountyHoward CountyMcCurtain CountyMarion CountyHarrison CountyMorris CountyWebster CountySevier CountyARMiller.JPG

Migration

Military Records

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.]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship

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:


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

  • Arkansas History Commission & State Archives
    One Capitol Mall
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Telephone: 501-682-6900

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

  • Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives
    Old Washington Historical State Park
    Box 134, Washington, AR 71862
    Telephone: 870-983-2684 (Mon-Fri)
    870-983-2733 (Sat-Sun)
    Open 7 days a week 9:00a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Societies

  • Miller County Genealogical Society:
    Texarkana USA Genealogical Society
    PO Box 2323, Texarkana, TX 75504-2323
    gensoctx@hotmail.com
  • Arkansas Historical Association
    History Department
    Ozark Hall, 12, University of Arkansas
    Old Main 416
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
    Telephone: 501-575-5884

Websites

  • 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 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. Beverly J. Rowe, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=790&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 14, 2016), “Miller County.”
  6. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  7. 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.