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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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Guide to '''Sebastian 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=  January 6,  1851
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|county seat= Fort Smith
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|parent county= [[Scott County, Arkansas Genealogy|Scott]], [[Polk County, Arkansas Genealogy|Polk]], [[Crawford County, Arkansas Genealogy|Crawford]], and [[Van Buren County, Arkansas Genealogy|Van Buren]]<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Crawford County, Arkansas Genealogy|Crawford]]
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|county2= [[Franklin County, Arkansas Genealogy|Franklin]]
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|county3= [[LeFlore County, Oklahoma Genealogy|LeFlore (OK)]]
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|county4= [[Logan County, Arkansas Genealogy|Logan]]
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|county6= [[Sequoyah County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Sequoyah (OK)]]</br><center>[[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
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=== Description ===
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{AR Courthouse Intro|Sebastian}}
  
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'''Sebastian County Courthouse'''<br> 35 S 6th; <br>Fort Smith, AR 72901<br> Phone: 501.782.5065<br>[http://www.sebastiancountyar.gov/Departments/County-Clerk Sebastian County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1865 and probate records from 1866; <br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
| state = Arkansas
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=== Sebastian County, Arkansas ===
 
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| founded year = 1851
 
 
 
| founded date = January 6
 
 
 
| seat wl = Fort Smith
 
 
 
| building image = ArkansasSebastianFortSmithCourthouse.jpg
 
 
 
| building address = Sebastian County Courthouse<br> 35 S 6th; <br>Fort Smith, AR 72901<br> Phone: 501.782.5065 <br>
 
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
[[File:ArkansasSebastianGreenwoodCourthouse.jpg|185px|185px|thumb|right|<center>Sebastian Greenwood Courthouse</center>]]
 
Sebastian County Courthouse<br> 35 S 6th; <br>Fort Smith, AR 72901<br> Phone: 501.782.5065 <br>
 
 
 
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>
 
 
 
{| 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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| 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="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Court|Court]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1914*
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1865  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1865
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1914*
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1851  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1851
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1861  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1861
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1865
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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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| colspan="7" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's</center>
 
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==== Government and Related Websites  ====
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=== Record Loss ===
 
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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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'''1881''', '''1882'''  A courthouse fire destroyed most records.  Some have been reconstructed.<br><br>
 
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==== Parent County  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{AR Boundary Changes Intro|Sebastian}}
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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.
 
*'''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>''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.
  
'''County seat:''' Fort Smith <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
==== Variant Spellings  ====
 
 
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
'''1881''', '''1882'''  A courthouse fire destroyed most records.  Some have been reconstructed.
 
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Populated Places ===
'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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{{AR Populated Places Intro|Sebastian}}
*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Sebastian, Fort Chaffee|place|disp=Fort Chaffee}}
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The following are locations in Sebastian County, Arkansas:
*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Sebastian, Fort Smith|place|disp=Fort Smith}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Sebastian, Greenwood|place|disp=Greenwood}}
 
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
 
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{{AR Historical Timeline Intro|Sebastian}}
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
 
 
[[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>
 
 
 
 
 
==== 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 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>
 
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>
  
== Genealogy Resources ==
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== Resources ==
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{{AR Resources Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Research Guides  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{AR Bible Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== African Americans ====
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=== Biographies ===
:*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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{{AR Biographies Intro|Sebastian}}
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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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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{AR Business Records Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Bible Records  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{AR Cemeteries Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;"
 
 
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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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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Sebastian County, Arkansas''' online and in print</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="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| 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://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"  
 
 
 
 
*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=53 Arkansas Gravestones] enter a name and click "Search"
 
*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=53 Arkansas Gravestones] enter a name and click "Search"
 
 
*[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.)
 
*[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, Sebastian|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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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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| 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=158 Find A Grave]  Click '''Search for a Cemetery''' on the right, click '''All Countries''' - click '''United States''', click '''State''', click '''County''' and search.
 
*[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.
 
 
*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=24 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
 
*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=24 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
 
 
*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/sebastian.htm Interment.net]
 
*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/sebastian.htm Interment.net]
 
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/sebastian-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/sebastian-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
 
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/sebastian/sebastian.htm USGenWeb Archives]
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/sebastian/sebastian.htm USGenWeb Archives]
 
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/sebastian.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/sebastian.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
 
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arsebast/cemetery/Cemetery.html ARGenWeb] Some overlap with USGenWeb.
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arsebast/cemetery/Cemetery.html ARGenWeb] Some overlap with USGenWeb.
 
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/sebastian/sebastian.htm  RootsWeb]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/sebastian/sebastian.htm  RootsWeb]
 
 
*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
 
*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
 
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ar/ African American Cemeteries Online] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
 
*[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]
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/sebastian/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List]
 
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/arkansas/index.html DeathIndexes.com] Scan through the list under '''Arkansas Death Records Indexes….'''
 
*[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"
 
**Also [[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities and Towns|check towns]] for records
 
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Sebastian+county+Arkansas=Sebastian+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
 
 
 
*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
 
 
*[[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
 
 
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2301 Fort Smith National Cemetery] at Ancestry.com ($)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2301 Fort Smith National Cemetery] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
==== Census ====
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=== Census Records ===
 
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{{AR Census Intro|Sebastian}}
==== Church Records  ====
 
  
{{AR Church Intro}}  
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=== Church Records ===
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{{AR Church Intro|Sebastian}}
  
===== Episcopal =====
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'''''Episcopal'''''<br>
  
'''St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith'''
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'''St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith
  
 
*'''1860-1886''' - St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith Baptism Index 1860-1886. Batch {{IGI|C586781}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
 
*'''1860-1886''' - St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith Baptism Index 1860-1886. Batch {{IGI|C586781}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
 
*'''1860-1895''' - St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith Marriage Index 1860-1895. Batch {{IGI|M586781}} at FamilySearch - free.
 
*'''1860-1895''' - St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith Marriage Index 1860-1895. Batch {{IGI|M586781}} at FamilySearch - free.
  
===== Lutheran =====
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'''''Lutheran'''''<br>
  
'''First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith'''
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'''First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith
  
 
*'''1868-1885''' - First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith Baptism Index 1868-1885. Batch {{IGI|C586721}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
 
*'''1868-1885''' - First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith Baptism Index 1868-1885. Batch {{IGI|C586721}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
 
*'''1868-1895''' - First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith Marriage Index 1868-1895. Batch {{IGI|M586721}} at FamilySearch - free.
 
*'''1868-1895''' - First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith Marriage Index 1868-1895. Batch {{IGI|M586721}} at FamilySearch - free.
  
==== Court ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{AR Court Intro|Sebastian}}
  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2117 Criminal Case Files, 1866-1900] at Ancestry.com ($)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2117 Criminal Case Files, 1866-1900] at Ancestry.com ($)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3119 Criminal Case Files Index, 1866-1900] at Ancestry.com ($)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3119 Criminal Case Files Index, 1866-1900] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
====Guardianship ====
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=== Directories ===
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QC-VM7%3A353227301%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1851-1922County 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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{{AR Directories Intro|Sebastian}}
**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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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{AR Emigration Intro|Sebastian}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{AR Ethnic Groups Intro|Sebastian}}
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==== African Americans ====
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{{AR African Americans Intro|Sebastian}}
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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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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{AR Funeral Homes Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Genealogy ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{AR Genealogies Intro|Sebastian}}
  
*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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=== Guardianship ===
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{{AR Guardianship Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Land and Property  ====
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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)
 +
**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.
  
{{AR Land Intro}}  
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=== Land and Property Records ===
 +
{{AR Land Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Local Histories ===
 +
{{AR Histories Intro|Sebastian}}
  
 
{{AR History Intro}}
 
{{AR History Intro}}
 
*Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library (Arkansas). ''The Goodspeed histories of Sebastian County, Arkansas''. Columbia, Tennessee : Woodward & Stinson, 1977.
 
*Friends of the Fort Smith Public Library (Arkansas). ''The Goodspeed histories of Sebastian County, Arkansas''. Columbia, Tennessee : Woodward & Stinson, 1977.
 
**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE3831732 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free)
 
**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] ($)
  
*'''''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 and Gazetteers ===
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{{AR Maps Intro|Sebastian}}
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{{AR Neighboring Counties Intro|{{ARSebastian County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}}}
  
==== Maps  ====
 
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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=== Migration ===
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{{AR Migration Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Military ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{AR Military Intro|Sebastian}}
  
===== Civil War =====
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==== Civil War ====
{{VAciv}}  
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{{AR Civil War Intro|Sebastian}}
:- [[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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{{AR Civil War Regiments|Sebastian}}
:- [[19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's) (Confederate)|19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's)&nbsp;(Confederate)]]  
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:- [[11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]
:- [[34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies D and G<br>
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:- [[17th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Griffith's) (Confederate)|17th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Griffith's) (Confederate)]], Companies A, B, C and F
:- [[35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies A, B, C and D<br>
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:- [[19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's) (Confederate)|19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's)&nbsp;(Confederate)]]
:- [[51st Regiment, Arkansas Militia (Confederate)|51st Regiment, Arkansas Militia&nbsp;(Confederate)]]  
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:- [[34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies D and G
:- [[Witherspoon's Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|Witherspoon's Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]]  
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:- [[35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies A, B, C and D
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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)]]
 
:- [[4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)|4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)]]
 
:- [[4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)|4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)]]
  
 
'''Online Records
 
'''Online Records
  
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932392|Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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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
*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
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*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
  
====== Civil War Battle ======
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'''''Civil War Battle'''''<br>
  
The following Civil War battle was fought in&nbsp;Sebastian County.  
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The following Civil War battle was fought in&nbsp;Sebastian County.
  
 
*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>
 
*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>
  
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ARmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Arkansas. <br>
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:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ARmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.
  
==== Naturalization ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{AR Naturalization Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{AR Newspapers Intro|Sebastian}}
  
{{AR Newspapers|Sebastian}}  
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{{AR Newspapers|Sebastian}}
  
==== Occupations  ====
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=== Obituaries ===
 +
{{AR Obituaries Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Probate Records ====
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=== Other Records ===
'''Online Probate Records'''
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{{AR Other Records Intro|Sebastian}}
*'''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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 +
=== Periodicals ===
 +
{{AR Periodicals Intro|Sebastian}}
 +
 
 +
=== Probate Records ===
 +
{{AR Probate Intro|Sebastian}}
 +
 
 +
'''Online Probate Records
 +
*'''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 $
 
*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
 
*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
*[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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*[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)
 
**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.
 
**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.
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== School Records ===
 +
{{AR Schools Intro|Sebastian}}
  
{{AR Tax Intro}}  
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=== Tax Records ===
 +
{{AR Tax Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Vital Records ===
 +
{{AR Vital Intro|Sebastian}}
  
{{AR Vital Intro}}
 
 
See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
 
See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
  
===== Birth =====
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==== Birth ====
 +
{{AR Vital Records - Birth Intro|Sebastian}}
  
 
*'''1877 - 1963''' - {{RecordSearch|1881199|Sebastian County Births and Deaths}} at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
 
*'''1877 - 1963''' - {{RecordSearch|1881199|Sebastian County Births and Deaths}} at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
 
*'''1877 - 1913''' - Sebastian County Birth Index 1877-1913. Batch {{IGI|C750707}} at FamilySearch - free.
 
*'''1877 - 1913''' - Sebastian County Birth Index 1877-1913. Batch {{IGI|C750707}} at FamilySearch - free.
  
===== Marriage =====
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==== Marriage ====
 +
{{AR Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Sebastian}}
  
*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''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>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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*'''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>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>
 
*'''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.''</ref>
 
*'''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.''</ref>
  
===== Death =====
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==== Death ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Death Intro|Sebastian}}
  
 
*'''1877 - 1963''' - {{RecordSearch|1881199|Sebastian County Births and Deaths}} at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
 
*'''1877 - 1963''' - {{RecordSearch|1881199|Sebastian County Births and Deaths}} at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
*'''1881 - 1919''' - Sebastian County Death Index 1881-1919. Batch {{IGI|B750709}} at FamilySearch - free.  
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*'''1881 - 1919''' - Sebastian County Death Index 1881-1919. Batch {{IGI|B750709}} at FamilySearch - free.
 
*'''1919 - 1929''' - Sebastian County Death Index 1919-1929. Batch {{IGI|B750794}} at FamilySearch - free.
 
*'''1919 - 1929''' - Sebastian County Death Index 1919-1929. Batch {{IGI|B750794}} at FamilySearch - free.
  
===== Vital Record Substitutes  =====
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==== Divorce ====
 
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{{AR Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Sebastian}}
== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-society-archive/ List of Arkansas Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
| width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFF66" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Sebastian|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
 
| width="70%" | Select topics. For towns, [[{{PAGENAME}}#Places/Localities|click here]].
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Sebastian+county%2C+arkansas&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
| width="70%" | Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=sebastian+county%2C+arkansas&te=ILS Allen County Public Library]
 
| Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.ark-ives.com/documenting/county_records.aspx Arkansas History Commission] Select the county
 
| Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
 
|-
 
| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>[[{{PAGENAME}}#Genealogy_Societies_and_Libraries|Local libraries]] and [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]] may suggest other catalogs</center>
 
|}
 
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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== Research Facilities ==
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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{{AR Research Facilities Intro|Sebastian}}
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Fort Smith Arkansas Family History Center]]&nbsp;
 
**Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
 
  
==== Websites  ====
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=== Archives ===
 +
{{AR Archives Intro|Sebastian}}
  
{{WA Websites Intro}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
 
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
| width="100%" bgcolor="#ADFF85" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites with online indexes or images of records''' </center>
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arsebast/ ARGenWeb] for Sebastian County]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/sebastian/sebastian.htm USGenWeb]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arsebast// RootsWeb - Sebastian Co, Arkansas]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1881199 Sebastian County Births and Deaths, 1877-1963]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Search indexed information; images are not available.
 
|}
 
 
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
 
 
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Sebastian// Linkpendium]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/sebastian// CyndisList]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/sebastian-county/ StateofUS.com]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
 
|}
 
  
 +
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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**Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
  
 +
=== Libraries ===
 +
{{AR Libraries Intro|Sebastian}}
  
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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=== Museums ===
|-
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{{AR Museums Intro|Sebastian}}
| width="100%" bgcolor="#FAEBD7" colspan="3" | <center>'''Social networking sites pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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== Societies ==
 
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{{AR Societies Intro|Sebastian}}
|-
 
|width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/sebastian/ genealogy.com]
 
|width="70%" | Sebastian County, AR Genealogy Forum
 
|-
 
|width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties.sebastian/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
 
|width="70%" | Sebastian County Message Board
 
|}
 
  
== References  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{AR Websites Intro|Sebastian}}
  
<references />
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* [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arsebast/ ARGenWeb] for Sebastian County]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
 +
* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/sebastian/sebastian.htm USGenWeb]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
 +
* [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arsebast// RootsWeb - Sebastian Co, Arkansas]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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* [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1881199 Sebastian County Births and Deaths, 1877-1963]. Free. Search indexed information; images are not available.
 +
* [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Sebastian// Linkpendium]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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* [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/sebastian// CyndisList]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 +
*{{FHL Place IDNum|194678|Arkansas|Sebastian}}- 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
  
 +
== Research Guides ==
 +
{{AR Research Guides Intro|Sebastian}}
  
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== References ==
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<references />
  
[[Category:IGIcheck]] [[Category:Sebastian_County,_Arkansas]]
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{{Arkansas|Arkansas}}
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Revision as of 12:35, 25 September 2017

 

Guide to Sebastian 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: Fort Smith
Organized: January 6, 1851
Parent County(s): Scott, Polk, Crawford, and Van Buren[1]
Neighboring Counties
Crawford  • Franklin  • LeFlore (OK)  • Logan  • Scott  • Sequoyah (OK)
See County Maps
Courthouse
ArkansasSebastianFortSmithCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Ar-sebastian.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

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

County Clerk has marriage records from 1865 and probate records from 1866;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.[2]

Sebastian County, Arkansas[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1865 1914* 1851 1861 1865
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

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

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.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Template:AR Populated Places Intro The following are locations in Sebastian County, Arkansas:

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. [5]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[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.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Sebastian County, Arkansas online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Arkansas Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Episcopal

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.</ref>
  • 1860-1895 - St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith Marriage Index 1860-1895. Batch M586781 at FamilySearch - free.

Lutheran

First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith

  • 1868-1885 - First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith Baptism Index 1868-1885. Batch C586721 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1868-1895 - First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith Marriage Index 1868-1895. Batch M586721 at FamilySearch - free.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[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.

Land and Property Records[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 and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Click on a neighboring county to go to the wiki page.
Template:ARSebastian County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Men in Sebastian County served in various regiments and companies. Those listed below were specifically formed in this county:

- 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)

Online Records

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Sebastian County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

  • 1877 - 1963 - Sebastian County Births and Deaths at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
  • 1881 - 1919 - Sebastian County Death Index 1881-1919. Batch B750709 at FamilySearch - free.
  • 1919 - 1929 - Sebastian County Death Index 1919-1929. Batch B750794 at FamilySearch - free.

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • 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[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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. 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.”
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, CivilWar Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  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.
  8. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.