Nevada County, Arkansas Genealogy

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This article is about a southwestern county of Arkansas. For other uses, see Nevada (disambiguation).

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

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Online Records

Nevada County, Arkansas
Map of Arkansas highlighting Nevada County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Founded March 20, 1871
County Seat DeWitt
Address Nevada County Courthouse
215 E 2nd St Street;
Prescott, AR 71857
Phone: 870.887.3115

This page adopted by Betsy Mills, Nevada County, ARGenWeb County Coordinator

County Courthouse

Nevada County Courthouse
215 E 2nd St Street;
Prescott, AR 71857
Phone: 870.887.3115

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1871 and cemetery records; Clerk Circuit Court divorce and court and land records from 1871.[1]

Beginning years for Nevada County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1871 1914* 1871 1871 1871
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's


Parent County

County seat: Prescott [3]

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 website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Clark  • Columbia  • Hempstead  • Lafayette  • Ouachita  • Pike  •

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records



Church Records



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]

  • Nevada County was inhabited in the prehistoric and contact period of early European exploration by the Prehistoric Caddo and then by the Caddo Indians.
  • 1803 - With the Louisiana Purchase, Euro-American settlers began to move into the region.
  • 1812 - Stephen Vaughan and his wife, Polly, came up the Ouachita and the Little Missouri rivers, settling at a place on the Little Missouri later known as Janes Ferry.
  • 1812 (after) - Vaughan was the first person in the county to be granted a federal land patent.
  • 1850s - The flood of immigration in the 1850s accelerated the trend of land patents, which continued to the brink of the Civil War.
  • 1860s - The area that would become Nevada County had only dirt roads and no towns of any size.
  • 1920-2010 - Nevada County hit its population high mark in 1920 with 21,934 and has had a steady decline until this time (2010) with only 8,997.



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Nevada County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.



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


Probate Records

  • Probate Records 1871-1922 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Bonds and letters 1872-1916; Probate records 1871-1893; Wills 1871-1922.


Vital Records

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

  • 1947-1965 - Nevada County Birth Index 1947-1965. Batch C748988 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Nevada County Depot and Museum -

403 West First Street South
PO Box 592
Prescott AR 71857
Phone: (870) 887-5821

Nevada County doesn't have a genealogical society at this time, but the Hempstead County Genealogy Society does have information about Nevada County.
PO Box 756
Hope, AR 71802

Family History Centers


Sites with online indexes or images of records
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
Sites that search for links pertaining to Nevada County, Arkansas Genealogy
RootsWeb resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Nevada County, Arkansas Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
Arkansas History Commission AR state agency involved in organizing and maintaining state and local history of AR
See also local libraries and Arkansas Archives and Libraries


  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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  7. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.