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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
| county = Sebastian County
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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]]
| state = Arkansas
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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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|county5= [[Scott County, Arkansas Genealogy|Scott]]
 
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|county6= [[Sequoyah County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Sequoyah (OK)]]</br><center>[[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
| founded year = 1851
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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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== County Information ==
  
=== County Courthouse  ===
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=== Description ===
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The county was named for United States Senator and Judge William K. Sebastian. It is located in the west central area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ark/sebas/</ref>
  
Sebastian County Courthouse<br> 35 S 6th; <br>Fort Smith, AR 72901<br> Phone: 501.782.5065 <br>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{AR Courthouse Intro|Sebastian}}
  
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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'''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>
  
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=== Sebastian County, Arkansas ===
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{{AR Records Intro}}
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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>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sebastian County, Arkansas. Page 70 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 67.</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
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*  
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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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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1866
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1830
 
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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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{{Fire+}}
==== 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 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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=== Populated Places ===
  
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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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://arkansas.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,131,c,sebastian.cfm Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Sebastian County, Arkansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_County,_Arkansas, accessed 30 September 2018.</ref>
  
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barling,_Arkansas Barling]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonanza,_Arkansas Bonanza]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Smith,_Arkansas Fort Smith (county seat)]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwood,_Arkansas Greenwood (county seat)]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackett,_Arkansas Hackett]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartford,_Arkansas Hartford]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntington,_Arkansas Huntington]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavaca,_Arkansas Lavaca]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mansfield,_Arkansas Mansfield]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_City,_Arkansas Central City]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midland,_Arkansas Midland]</div>
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*Bass Little (some of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwood,_Arkansas Greenwood])
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*Big Creek ([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavaca,_Arkansas Lavaca])
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*Beverly
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*Bloomer
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*Center (most of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwood,_Arkansas Greenwood])
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*Cole ([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackett,_Arkansas Hackett])
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*Dayton
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*Diamond ([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntington,_Arkansas Huntington])</div>
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*Fort Chafee UT (part of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barling,_Arkansas Barling], part of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Smith,_Arkansas Fort Smith])
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*Hartford ([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartford,_Arkansas Hartford])
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*Island
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*Jim Fork ([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midland,_Arkansas Midland])
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*Lon Norris (part of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Smith,_Arkansas Fort Smith])
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*Marion ([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonanza,_Arkansas Bonanza], small part of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Smith,_Arkansas Fort Smith])
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*Mississippi
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*Mont Sandels ([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_City,_Arkansas Central City], most of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barling,_Arkansas Barling])</div>
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*Prairie
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*Rogers
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*Sugarloaf (part of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mansfield,_Arkansas Mansfield])
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*Upper (most of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Smith,_Arkansas Fort Smith])
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*Washburn
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*White Oak</div>
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==== Record Loss  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
For a list of record loss in Arkansas counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-counties.html#courthouse Arkansas Counties with Burned Courthouses]
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{{AR Historical Timeline Intro|Sebastian}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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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>
'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
 
*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Sebastian, Fort Chaffee|place|disp=Fort Chaffee}}
 
*{{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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== Resources ==
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{{AR Resources Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{AR Bible Intro|Sebastian}}
  
[[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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=== Biographies ===
 
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{{AR Biographies Intro|Sebastian}}
== Genealogy Resources  ==
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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 ===
==== Research Guides ====
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{{AR Business Records Intro|Sebastian}}
 
 
==== African Americans  ====
 
:*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
 
  
==== Bible Records  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{AR Cemeteries Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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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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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Sebastian County, Arkansas''' online and in print</center>
| width="34%" bgcolor="#F2DDFE" | <center>'''Get a list of cemeteries'''<br>(then click to names of people)</center>
 
| width="32%" bgcolor="#B8FFDB" |<center>'''Find printed records''' <br>(Often more complete)</center>
 
 
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
*[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]
 
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~arsebast/cemetery/Cemetery.html ARGenWeb]  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arsebast/cemetery/Cemetery.html ARGenWeb] Some overlap with USGenWeb.
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*[http://sites.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.
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ar/ African American Cemeteries Online] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2301 Fort Smith National Cemetery] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ar/ African American Cemeteries Online] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
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=== Census Records ===
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{{AR Census Intro|Sebastian}}
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_County,_Arkansas#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]  
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|1860 |9238
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|1870 |12940
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|1880 |19560
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|1890 |33200
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|1900 |36935
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|1910 |52278
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|1920 |56739
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|1930 |54426
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|1940 |62809
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|1950 |64202
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|1960 |66685
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|1970 |79237
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|1980 |95172
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|1990 |99590
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|2000 |115071
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|2010 |125744
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}}
  
'''More cemetery lists'''
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=== Church Records ===
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Sebastian/cem/ Linkpendium]
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{{AR Church Intro|Sebastian}}
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/sebastian/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List]
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*'''1875-1899''' - {{RecordSearch|2790263|Nebraska, Church Records, 1875-1899}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*[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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'''''Episcopal'''''<br>
*{{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]]
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'''St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith
  
*[[Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
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*'''1860-1886''' - St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith Baptism Index 1860-1886. Batch {{IGI|C586781}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
|}
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*'''1860-1895''' - St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith Marriage Index 1860-1895. Batch {{IGI|M586781}} at FamilySearch - free.
  
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'''''Lutheran'''''<br>
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2301 Fort Smith National Cemetery] at Ancestry.com ($)
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'''First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith
  
==== Census  ====
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*'''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.
  
==== Church Records ====
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=== Court Records ===
 +
{{AR Court Intro|Sebastian}}
  
{{AR Church Intro}}
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2117 Criminal Case Files, 1866-1900] at Ancestry.com ($)
 +
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3119 Criminal Case Files Index, 1866-1900] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
===== Episcopal  =====
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=== Directories ===
 +
{{AR Directories Intro|Sebastian}}
  
'''St. John's Episcopal Church, Fort Smith'''
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
 +
{{AR Emigration Intro|Sebastian}}
  
*'''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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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
*'''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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{{AR Ethnic Groups Intro|Sebastian}}
  
===== Lutheran  =====
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==== African Americans ====
 +
{{AR African Americans Intro|Sebastian}}
  
'''First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith'''
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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
  
*'''1868-1885''' - First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith Baptism Index 1868-1885. Batch {{IGI|C586721}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
*'''1868-1895''' - First Lutheran Church, Fort Smith Marriage Index 1868-1895. Batch {{IGI|M586721}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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{{AR Funeral Homes Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Court ====
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=== Genealogies ===
 +
{{AR Genealogies Intro|Sebastian}}
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2117 Criminal Case Files, 1866-1900] at Ancestry.com ($)
+
=== Guardianship ===
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3119 Criminal Case Files Index, 1866-1900] at Ancestry.com ($)
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{{AR Guardianship Intro|Sebastian}}
  
====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)
*[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.
  
==== Genealogy  ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
 
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{{AR Land 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.
 
  
==== Land and Property  ====
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=== Local Histories ===
 
+
{{AR Histories Intro|Sebastian}}
{{AR Land Intro}}  
 
 
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
  
 
{{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)
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE3831732 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free)
 +
*'''''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 ===
 +
{{AR Maps Intro|Sebastian}}
 +
{{NE Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{AR Sebastian County}}}}
  
==== 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 ($). Free surname search.
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/v2/search/ Family Maps of Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Migration ===
 +
{{AR Migration Intro|Sebastian}}
  
===== Civil War  =====
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=== Military Records ===
 +
{{AR Military Intro|Sebastian}}
  
{{VAciv}}  
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==== Civil War ====
 +
{{AR Civil War Intro|Sebastian}}
  
:- [[11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]  
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{{AR Civil War Regiments|Sebastian}}
:- [[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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:- [[11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]
:- [[19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's) (Confederate)|19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's)&nbsp;(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
:- [[34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies D and G<br>
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:- [[19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's) (Confederate)|19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dawson's)&nbsp;(Confederate)]]
:- [[35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies A, B, C and D<br>
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:- [[34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies D and G
:- [[51st Regiment, Arkansas Militia (Confederate)|51st Regiment, Arkansas Militia&nbsp;(Confederate)]]  
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:- [[35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies A, B, C and D
:- [[Witherspoon's Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|Witherspoon's Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]]  
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:- [[51st Regiment, Arkansas Militia (Confederate)|51st Regiment, Arkansas Militia&nbsp;(Confederate)]]
 +
:- [[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)]]
  
====== Civil War Battle  ======
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'''Online Records
  
The following Civil War battle was fought in&nbsp;Sebastian County.  
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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
 +
*'''1890-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|2126715|Arkansas Confederate Soldier Home,1890-1963}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 +
*'''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://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
*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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'''''Civil War Battle'''''<br>
  
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ARmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Arkansas. <br>
+
The following Civil War battle was fought in&nbsp;Sebastian County.
  
==== Naturalization  ====
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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>
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ARmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.
  
{{AR Newspapers|Sebastian}}  
+
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 +
{{AR Naturalization Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Occupations  ====
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=== Newspapers ===
 +
{{AR Newspapers Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Probate Records  ====
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{{AR Newspapers|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
 
*[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.
 
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Obituaries ===
 +
{{AR Obituaries Intro|Sebastian}}
  
{{AR Tax Intro}}  
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=== Other Records ===
 +
{{AR Other Records Intro|Sebastian}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
+
=== Periodicals ===
 +
{{AR Periodicals Intro|Sebastian}}
  
{{AR Vital Intro}}  
+
=== Probate Records ===
See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
+
{{AR Probate Intro|Sebastian}}
  
===== Birth =====
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'''Online Probate Records
 +
*'''1783 – 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8638 Arkansas Wills and Probate Records 1783-1998] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
 +
*[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.
  
*'''1877-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|1881199|Sebastian County Births and Deaths}} at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
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=== School Records ===
*'''1877-1913''' - Sebastian County Birth Index 1877-1913. Batch {{IGI|C750707}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
+
{{AR Schools Intro|Sebastian}}
  
===== Marriage  =====
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=== Tax Records ===
 +
{{AR Tax Intro|Sebastian}}
  
*'''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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=== Vital Records ===
*'''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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{{AR Vital Intro|Sebastian}}
  
===== Death  =====
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
  
*'''1877-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|1881199|Sebastian County Births and Deaths}} at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
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==== Birth ====
*'''1881-1919''' - Sebastian County Death Index 1881-1919. Batch {{IGI|B750709}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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{{AR Birth Intro|Sebastian}}
*'''1919-1929''' - Sebastian County Death Index 1919-1929. Batch {{IGI|B750794}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
 
  
===== Vital Record Substitutes  =====
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*'''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.
  
== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Marriage ====
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-society-archive/ List of Arkansas Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
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{{AR Marriage Intro|Sebastian}}
{| 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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*'''1779-1966''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=ar%2carkansas Arkansas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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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/wiki/en/images/d/d7/Arkansasnz.pdf.</ref>
*[[Fort Smith Arkansas Family History Center]]&nbsp;
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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.''</ref>
**Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
 
  
==== Websites  ====
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==== Death ====
 +
{{AR Death Intro|Sebastian}}
  
{{WA Websites Intro}}  
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*'''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.
 +
*'''1919 - 1929''' - Sebastian County Death Index 1919-1929. Batch {{IGI|B750794}} at FamilySearch - free.
  
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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==== Divorce ====
|-
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{{AR Divorce Intro|Sebastian}}
| 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"
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== Research Facilities ==
|-
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{{AR Research Facilities Intro|Sebastian}}
| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
 
  
|-
+
=== Archives ===
| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Sebastian// Linkpendium]
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{{AR Archives Intro|Sebastian}}
| 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
 
|}
 
  
 +
=== Family History Centers ===
 +
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
 +
*[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Fort_Smith_Arkansas_Family_History_Center Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States]
  
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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=== Libraries ===
|-
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{{AR Libraries Intro|Sebastian}}
| width="100%" bgcolor="#FAEBD7" colspan="3" | <center>'''Social networking sites pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
 
  
|-
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=== Museums ===
|width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/sebastian/ genealogy.com]
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{{AR Museums Intro|Sebastian}}
|width="70%" | Sebastian County, AR Genealogy Forum
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== Societies ==
|-
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{{AR Societies Intro|Sebastian}}
|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 ==
 +
{{AR Websites Intro|Sebastian}}
  
<references />
+
* [http://sites.rootsweb.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://sites.rootsweb.com/~arsebast/ RootsWeb - Sebastian Co, Arkansas]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
 +
* [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 ($)
 +
* [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/sebastian// CyndisList]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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Latest revision as of 14:13, 16 August 2019

 

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
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for United States Senator and Judge William K. Sebastian. It is located in the west central area of the state.[2]

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.[3]

Sebastian County, Arkansas[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1865 1914* 1851 1861 1866 1830
*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]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Towns
Townships


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. [7]

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]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 9,238
1870 12,940 40.1%
1880 19,560 51.2%
1890 33,200 69.7%
1900 36,935 11.3%
1910 52,278 41.5%
1920 56,739 8.5%
1930 54,426 −4.1%
1940 62,809 15.4%
1950 64,202 2.2%
1960 66,685 3.9%
1970 79,237 18.8%
1980 95,172 20.1%
1990 99,590 4.6%
2000 115,071 15.5%
2010 125,744 9.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


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]

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:


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]

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]

Birth Records reveal
Yes or Maybe
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In 1877, a few county and city clerks[9] started keeping birth and death records.

In 1914, the state law required all county clerks to record births and forward them to the state.

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See also: • Arkansas Online Genealogy Records, • How to Find Arkansas Birth Records and • Arkansas Vital Records—Birth.

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]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries[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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Sebastian County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ark/sebas/
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sebastian County, Arkansas. Page 70 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 67.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Sebastian County, Arkansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_County,_Arkansas, accessed 30 September 2018.
  7. 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.”
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, CivilWar Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  9. such as Sebastian County (Fort Smith) and Pulaski County (Little Rock) (No entry in FamilySearch Catalog found for Pulaski County nor for Little Rock, Aug 2014)
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/d/d7/Arkansasnz.pdf.
  11. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki.