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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Sebastian_County,_Arkansas|Sebastian County]]''
  
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Guide to '''Sebastian County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Sebastian County
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| county_map = Ar-sebastian.png
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| state = Arkansas
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| state_map = Arkansas.png
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| founded year = 1851
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| founded date = January 6
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| seat wl = Fort Smith
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| building image = ArkansasSebastianFortSmithCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = Sebastian County Courthouse<br> 35 S 6th; <br>Fort Smith, AR 72901<br> Phone: 501.782.5065 <br>
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}}
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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[[File:ArkansasSebastianGreenwoodCourthouse.jpg|185px|185px|thumb|right|<center>Sebastian Greenwood Courthouse</center>]]
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Sebastian County Courthouse<br> 35 S 6th; <br>Fort Smith, AR 72901<br> Phone: 501.782.5065 <br>
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County Clerk has marriage records from 1865 and probate records from 1866; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 70.</ref>
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="100%" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning years for {{PAGENAME}} government 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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|-
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Court|Court]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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|-
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1865
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1851
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1861
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1865
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|-
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| colspan="6" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's</center>
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|}
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==== Government and Related Websites  ====
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*[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/AR_Sebastian.htm PublicRecords.com] (unofficial site) Provides links to County officials and public records.
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== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
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*'''1851--'''Sebastian County was created 6 January 1851&nbsp;from [[Scott County, Arkansas Genealogy|Scott]], [[Polk County, Arkansas Genealogy|Polk]], [[Crawford County, Arkansas Genealogy|Crawford]], and [[Van Buren County, Arkansas Genealogy|Van Buren]] Counties.
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'''County seat:''' Fort Smith <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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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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==== Variant Spellings  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1881''', '''1882'''  A courthouse fire destroyed most records.  Some have been reconstructed.
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== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Sebastian, Fort Chaffee|place|disp=Fort Chaffee}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Sebastian, Fort Smith|place|disp=Fort Smith}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Sebastian, Greenwood|place|disp=Greenwood}}
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==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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[[Crawford County, Arkansas Genealogy|Crawford]] {{•}} [[Franklin County, Arkansas Genealogy|Franklin]] {{•}} [[LeFlore County, Oklahoma Genealogy|LeFlore County, Oklahoma]] {{•}} [[Logan County, Arkansas Genealogy|Logan]] {{•}} [[Scott County, Arkansas Genealogy|Scott]] {{•}} [[Sequoyah County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Sequoyah County, Oklahoma]]{{•}}  <center>{{ARSebastian County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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==== History Timeline ====
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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 Sebastian County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>Guy Lancaster, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=807&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 15, 2016), “Sebastian County.”</ref>
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
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==== African Americans  ====
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:*1865-1868 — [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VRS-VZQ%3A1076659802%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Fort Smith] at  [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only; register of marriages, labor contracts, letters
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;"
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|-
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| bgcolor="#EAC7FE" colspan="3" | <center>'''Online Sebastian County, Arkansas''' cemeteries <br>from [[Arkansas Cemeteries|state]] and [[United States Cemeteries|national]] resources</center>
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| width="34%" bgcolor="#CFF3FF" | <center>'''Search for names of people'''<br>in Sebastian County</center>
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| width="34%" bgcolor="#F2DDFE" | <center>'''Get a list of cemeteries'''<br>(then click to names of people)</center>
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| width="32%" bgcolor="#B8FFDB" |<center>'''Find printed records''' <br>(Often more complete)</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=158&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Find A Grave] Click "Refine Last Search"
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=53 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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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=158 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=24 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/sebastian.htm Interment.net]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/sebastian-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/sebastian/sebastian.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/sebastian.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arsebast/cemetery/Cemetery.html ARGenWeb] Some overlap with USGenWeb.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/sebastian/sebastian.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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'''More cemetery lists'''
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Sebastian/cem/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/sebastian/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List]
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/arkansas/index.html DeathIndexes.com] Scan through the list under '''Arkansas Death Records Indexes….'''
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-AR-NDX.html D'Addezio] Search/browse by cemetery name, not people. (Statewide)
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Sebastian|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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**Also [[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities and Towns|check towns]] for records
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Sebastian+county+Arkansas=Sebastian+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
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|}
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2301 Fort Smith National Cemetery] at Ancestry.com ($)
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==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records  ====
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{{AR Church Intro}}
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===== Episcopal  =====
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'''St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith'''
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*'''1860-1886''' - St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith Baptism Index 1860-1886. Batch {{IGI|C586781}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1860-1895''' - St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith Marriage Index 1860-1895. Batch {{IGI|M586781}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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===== Lutheran  =====
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'''First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith'''
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*'''1868-1885''' - First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith Baptism Index 1868-1885. Batch {{IGI|C586721}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1868-1895''' - First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith Marriage Index 1868-1895. Batch {{IGI|M586721}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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==== Court  ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2117 Criminal Case Files, 1866-1900] at Ancestry.com ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3119 Criminal Case Files Index, 1866-1900] at Ancestry.com ($)
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====Guardianship ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QC-VM7%3A353227301%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1851-1922]  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 accounts 1870-1892; Administration and guardian bonds 1891-1904; Administration and guardian dockets 1865-1885; Administration bonds 1861-1868; Bonds and letters 1872-1883; Dockets 1861-1864 and 1875-1886; Executors bonds and letters 1883-1910; Probate records 1851-1888; Wills 1902-1922.
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==== Genealogy  ====
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*Biographies from The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed Publishing Company are available free on the [http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/arkansas-counties/sebastian-county-arkansas-genealogy-biographies.asp My Genealogy Hound] website.
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==== Land and Property  ====
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{{AR Land Intro}}
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==== Local Histories  ====
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{{AR History Intro}}
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*Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library (Arkansas). ''The Goodspeed histories of Sebastian County, Arkansas''. Columbia, Tennessee : Woodward & Stinson, 1977.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE3831732 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free)
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*'''''History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas'''''. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7931 Ancestry.com] ($)
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==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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==== Military  ====
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===== Civil War  =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]
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:- [[17th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Griffith's) (Confederate)|17th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Griffith's) (Confederate)]], Companies A, B, C and F<br>
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:- [[19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's) (Confederate)|19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's)&nbsp;(Confederate)]]
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:- [[34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies D and G<br>
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:- [[35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies A, B, C and D<br>
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:- [[51st Regiment, Arkansas Militia (Confederate)|51st Regiment, Arkansas Militia&nbsp;(Confederate)]]
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:- [[Witherspoon's Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|Witherspoon's Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]]
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:- [[4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)|4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)]]
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====== Civil War Battle  ======
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The following Civil War battle was fought in&nbsp;Sebastian County.
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*September 1, 1863 =&nbsp;[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ar009.htm Devil's Backbone], also known as&nbsp;Backbone Mountain<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ar009.htm CivilWar Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 2 August 2012).</ref>
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:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ARmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Arkansas. <br>
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==== Naturalization  ====
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==== Newspapers  ====
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{{AR Newspapers|Sebastian}}
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==== Occupations  ====
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==== Probate Records  ====
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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://home.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-VM7%3A353227301%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1851-1922]  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 accounts 1870-1892; Administration and guardian bonds 1891-1904; Administration and guardian dockets 1865-1885; Administration bonds 1861-1868; Bonds and letters 1872-1883; Dockets 1861-1864 and 1875-1886; Executors bonds and letters 1883-1910; Probate records 1851-1888; Wills 1902-1922.
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==== Taxation  ====
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{{AR Tax Intro}}
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==== Vital Records  ====
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{{AR Vital Intro}}
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
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===== Birth  =====
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*'''1877-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|1881199|Sebastian County Births and Deaths}} at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
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*'''1877-1913''' - Sebastian County Birth Index 1877-1913. Batch {{IGI|C750707}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1865-1922, 1952''' - Sebastian County Marriage Books B-Q Index 1865-1922, 1952 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">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.</ref>
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*'''1884-1947''' - Sebastian County Marriage Index, Greenwood District Books B-M Index (1882-1949), Fort Smith District Books C-Q, S-Z, 2-52 Index (1889-1951) 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,'' accessed 18 April 2013.</ref>
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===== Death  =====
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*'''1877-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|1881199|Sebastian County Births and Deaths}} at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
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*'''1881-1919''' - Sebastian County Death Index 1881-1919. Batch {{IGI|B750709}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1919-1929''' - Sebastian County Death Index 1919-1929. Batch {{IGI|B750794}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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===== Vital Record Substitutes  =====
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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]
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFF66" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Sebastian|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. For towns, [[{{PAGENAME}}#Places/Localities|click here]].
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Sebastian+county%2C+arkansas&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=sebastian+county%2C+arkansas&te=ILS Allen County Public Library]
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| Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.ark-ives.com/documenting/county_records.aspx Arkansas History Commission] Select the county
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| Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
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|-
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>[[{{PAGENAME}}#Genealogy_Societies_and_Libraries|Local libraries]] and [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]] may suggest other catalogs</center>
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|}
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Fort Smith Arkansas Family History Center]]&nbsp;
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**Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
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==== Websites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arsebast/ ARGenWeb] for Sebastian County]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/sebastian/sebastian.htm USGenWeb]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arsebast// RootsWeb - Sebastian Co, Arkansas]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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|-
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1881199 Sebastian County Births and Deaths, 1877-1963]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Search indexed information; images are not available.
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|}
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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|-
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Sebastian// Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/sebastian// CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/sebastian-county/ StateofUS.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
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|}
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FAEBD7" colspan="3" | <center>'''Social networking sites pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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|-
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|width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/sebastian/ genealogy.com]
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|width="70%" | Sebastian County, AR Genealogy Forum
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|width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties.sebastian/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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|width="70%" | Sebastian County Message Board
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|}
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== References  ==
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<references />
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[[Category:IGIcheck]] [[Category:Sebastian_County,_Arkansas]]

Revision as of 12:34, 7 June 2016

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Guide to Sebastian County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Sebastian County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Sebastian County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 6, 1851
County Seat Fort Smith
Courthouse
ArkansasSebastianFortSmithCourthouse.jpg
Address Sebastian County Courthouse
35 S 6th;
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 501.782.5065


County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sebastian Greenwood Courthouse

Sebastian County Courthouse
35 S 6th;
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 501.782.5065

County Clerk has marriage records from 1865 and probate records from 1866; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.[1]

Beginning years for Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1865 1914* 1851 1861 1865
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Government and Related Websites[edit | edit source]

  • PublicRecords.com (unofficial site) Provides links to County officials and public records.

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

County seat: Fort Smith [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1881, 1882 A courthouse fire destroyed most records. Some have been reconstructed.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Crawford  • Franklin  • LeFlore County, Oklahoma  • Logan  • Scott  • Sequoyah County, Oklahoma •

Template:ARSebastian County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Sebastian County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [4]

Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Online Sebastian County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Sebastian County
Get a list of cemeteries
(then click to names of people)
Find printed records
(Often more complete)
  • Billion Graves Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
  • Find A Grave Click Search for a Cemetery on the right, click All Countries - click United States, click State, click County and search.

More cemetery lists


Census[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Episcopal[edit | edit source]

St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith

  • 1860-1886 - St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith Baptism Index 1860-1886. Batch C586781 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1860-1895 - St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith Marriage Index 1860-1895. Batch M586781 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
Lutheran[edit | edit source]

First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith

  • 1868-1885 - First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith Baptism Index 1868-1885. Batch C586721 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1868-1895 - First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith Marriage Index 1868-1895. Batch M586721 at FamilySearch - free.[5]

Court[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

  • Probate Records 1851-1922 County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration accounts 1870-1892; Administration and guardian bonds 1891-1904; Administration and guardian dockets 1865-1885; Administration bonds 1861-1868; Bonds and letters 1872-1883; Dockets 1861-1864 and 1875-1886; Executors bonds and letters 1883-1910; Probate records 1851-1888; Wills 1902-1922.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

  • Biographies from The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed Publishing Company are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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.

  • Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library (Arkansas). The Goodspeed histories of Sebastian County, Arkansas. Columbia, Tennessee : Woodward & Stinson, 1977.
  • History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Maps[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Sebastian 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 Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy:


- 11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 17th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Griffith's) (Confederate), Companies A, B, C and F
- 19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's) (Confederate)
- 34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies D and G
- 35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies A, B, C and D
- 51st Regiment, Arkansas Militia (Confederate)
- Witherspoon's Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)
- 4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)
Civil War Battle[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War battle was fought in Sebastian County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.

Naturalization[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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


Occupations[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]
Vital Record Substitutes[edit | edit source]

Genealogy Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. For towns, click here.
WorldCat Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
Arkansas History Commission Select the county Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
Local libraries and Arkansas Archives and Libraries may suggest other catalogs

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites[edit | edit source]



Sites with online indexes or images of records
ARGenWeb for Sebastian County] Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
RootsWeb - Sebastian Co, Arkansas Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sebastian County Births and Deaths, 1877-1963 Free Search indexed information; images are not available.
Sites that search for links pertaining to Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy
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.com Free family history resources and government records


Social networking sites pertaining to Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Sebastian County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Sebastian County Message Board

References[edit | edit source]

  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. Guy Lancaster, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=807&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 15, 2016), “Sebastian County.”
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 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.
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, CivilWar Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  7. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.