St. Francis County, Arkansas Genealogy

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United States
Arkansas
St. Francis County
 

Guide to St. Francis 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: Forrest City
Organized: October 13, 1827
Parent County(s): Phillips[1]
Neighboring Counties
Crittenden  • Cross  • Lee  • Monroe  • Woodruff
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The county was named for St. Francis River. The County Seat is Forrest City and was founded October 13, 1827. It is located in the east central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse

Saint Francis County Courthouse
313 S Izard Street
Forrest City, AR 72335-3856
Phone: 870-261-1715
Saint Francis County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1875, probate records from 1910 and tax records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.[3]

St. Francis County, Arkansas

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* 1875 1914* 1872 1860 1910 1830
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

1865, 1860s (during Civil War), 1874 Fire destroyed all county records. Some deeds have been reconstructed back to the 1860s.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1827--St. Francis was created 13 October 1827 from Phillips County. 
  • County seat: Forrest City[5]

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

The following are locations in the county:[6]

Cities
Towns
Townships
  • Griggs (Widener)
  • Heth
  • Johnson
  • L'Anguille


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 St. Francis County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [7]

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

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

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1830 1,505
1840 2,499 66.0%
1850 4,479 79.2%
1860 8,672 93.6%
1870 6,714 −22.6%
1880 8,389 24.9%
1890 13,543 61.4%
1900 17,157 26.7%
1910 22,548 31.4%
1920 28,385 25.9%
1930 33,394 17.6%
1940 36,043 7.9%
1950 36,841 2.2%
1960 33,303 −9.6%
1970 30,799 −7.5%
1980 30,858 0.2%
1990 28,497 −7.7%
2000 29,329 2.9%
2010 28,258 −3.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

African Americans

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1862-1949 St. Frances County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration and guardian settlements 1865-1899; Administration bonds 1862-1892; Appraisements 1881-1944; Claims against estates 1865-1905; Executor bonds 1876-1949; Guardian bonds and letters 1887-1908; Probate records 1865-1886; Wills 1865-1931.

Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for {{{1}}} County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. Click for a brief Timeline History of the county. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

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

- 18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company G

Online Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

 

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

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

Museums

Societies

Websites

  • ARGenWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb Archives. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • RootsWeb resources. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • Linkpendium. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • CyndisList. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • 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

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "St. Francis County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_County,_Arkansas
  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), St. Francis 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, "St. Francis County, Arkansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Francis_County,_Arkansas, accessed 1 October 2018.
  7. Guy Lancaster, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=810&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 15, 2016), “St. Francis County.”
  8. 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.
  9. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.