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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.  
 
 
 
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/polk-county/ Polk 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]
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
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Revision as of 11:29, 20 March 2014

United States Gotoarrow.png Arkansas Gotoarrow.png Polk County

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

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Online Records


Polk County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Polk County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 30, 1844
County Seat Mena
Courthouse
Address Polk County Courthouse
507 Church Avenue;
Mena, AR 71953
Phone: 501.394.8123

County Courthouse

Polk County Courthouse
507 Church Avenue;
Mena, AR 71953
Phone: 501.394.8123

County Clerk has marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1900 and cemetery records; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, land and court records from 1885 and military records.[1]

Beginning years for Polk County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1881 1914* 1885 1885 1900
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

History

Parent County

  • 1844--Polk County was created 30 November 1844 from Sevier County.  County seat: Mena [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 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

Neighboring Counties

Howard  • LeFlore County, Oklahoma  • McCurtain County, Oklahoma  • Montgomery  • Scott  • Sevier  •

Polk CountyScott CountyMontgomery CountyHoward CountySevier CountyPike CountyYell CountySebastian CountyLogan CountyLe Flore CountyMcCurtain CountyGarland CountyHot Spring CountyPerry CountyHempstead CountyClark CountyNevada CountyFranklin CountyLittle River CountyARPolk.JPG

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Census

Church Records

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]

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Polk County, Arkansas Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Polk County, Arkansas Genealogy:


- 19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's) (Confederate)
- 33rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union) [4] Company E

Naturalization

Newspapers

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


Occupations

Probate Records

  • Probate Records 1883-1957 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration bonds 1883-1919; Guardian bonds 1883-1921; Probate records 1876-1888; Wills 1901-1957.

Taxation

Vital Records

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Death
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

United States

Websites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 70.
  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. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  5. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d7/Arkansasnz.pdf.