Dallas County, Arkansas Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Fordyce
Organized: January 1, 1845
Parent County(s): Clark and Bradley[1]
Neighboring Counties
Calhoun  • Clark  • Cleveland  • Grant  • Hot Spring  • Ouachita
See County Maps
Location Map

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Vice President George M. Dallas.[2] It is located in the south central of the state. [3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Dallas County Courthouse
206 W 3rd Street
Fordyce, AR 71742
Phone: 870.352.7179
Dallas County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1855, land records from 1845, probate, divorce and court records.[4]

Dallas 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1855 1914* 1845 1845 1845 1830
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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:[7]

  • Tulip
Unincorporated communities
  • North Fordyce
Census-designated places
  • Beech Grove
  • Bucksnort
  • Cooney
  • Dalark
  • Eagletie
  • Fairview
  • Farindale
  • Forrest Bonner
  • Holly Springs
  • Ivy
  • Bunn
  • Chester
  • Dry Run
  • Fordyce
  • Holly Springs
  • Liberty
  • Manchester
  • Nix
  • Owen
    • Princeton
    • Smith
    • Southall
    • Willow

    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 Dallas County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [8]

    • 1812 - White settlement of the Ouachita River valley had begun .
    • 1840 - Very little settlement was in the area now known as Dallas County, but even those settlers were mostly farmers and their slaves.
    • 1845 January 1 - Dallas County was created from parts of Bradley and Clark counties.
    • 1860-1865 - About a third of the population left the area for Texas and Louisiana to avoid the fighting during the war. Many never returned.
    • 1881 - The construction of four major railroads began in Dallas County.
    • 1930-2010 - The population of Dallas County peaked in 1930 with more than 14,500 people. In 2010 the population had dropped to just over 8,000.

    Resources[edit | edit source]

    Bible Records[edit | edit source]

    Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

    Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries of Dallas, 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[edit | edit source]

    Historical populations
    Census Pop.
    1850 6,877
    1860 8,283 20.4%
    1870 5,707 −31.1%
    1880 6,505 14.0%
    1890 9,296 42.9%
    1900 11,518 23.9%
    1910 12,621 9.6%
    1920 14,424 14.3%
    1930 14,671 1.7%
    1940 14,471 −1.4%
    1950 12,416 −14.2%
    1960 10,522 −15.3%
    1970 10,022 −4.8%
    1980 10,515 4.9%
    1990 9,614 −8.6%
    2000 9,210 −4.2%
    2010 8,116 −11.9%
    Source: "Wikipedia.org".

    Church Records[edit | edit source]

    List of Churches and Church Parishes

    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]

    Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

    Local Histories[edit | edit source]

    Local histories are available for Dallas County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

    Dallas County argenweb.net has many local and online resources including transcriptions of all the Goodspeed Biographies.

    The site also has a list of towns and communities with short descriptions.

    • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890. Online at:Ancestry.com ($)

    Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

    Hot Spring CountyGrant CountyCleveland CountyClark CountyOuachita CountyCalhoun CountyAR DALLAS.PNG
    Click a neighboring county
    for more resources

    Migration[edit | edit source]

    Military Records[edit | edit source]

    Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

    • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]

    Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

    - 2nd Battalion, Arkansas Calvalry (Confederate) , Company C
    - 3rd Consolidated Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate),
    - 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Company A
    - 6th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate),
    - 12th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate),
    - 18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company B
    - 26th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company F
    - 33rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company C

    Online Records

    Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

    Newspapers[edit | edit source]

    U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present from "Chronicling America, Historic American Newspapers" by the Library of Congress; results of search for Dallas County, Arkansas

    Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Dallas 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]

    Birth[edit | edit source]

    Birth Records reveal
    Yes or Maybe
     Y  M
    Name of Child Green check.png  
    Birth Date and Place Green check.png  
    Parent's Names Green check.png  
    Mother's Maiden Name   Green check.png
    Parent's Ages Green check.png  
    Father's Occupation Green check.png  
    Current Residence Green check.png  
    Name of Doctor or Midwife Green check.png  

    In 1877, a few county and city clerks[12] started keeping birth and death records.

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


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

    Marriage[edit | edit source]

    All others are available from the Dallas County Courthouse.

    Death[edit | edit source]

    • 1918 - 1922 - Dallas County Death Index 1918-1922. Batch B737869 at FamilySearch - free.

    Divorce[edit | edit source]

    Voter Records[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]

    • Dallas County Library; Main Branch: Online Catalog
      501 East 4th Street, Fordyce, AR 71742-0584 (870)352-5600, (870) 352-3598 Fax.
    • Dallas County Library; Fohrell Public Library:
      186 Dallas 208, Sparkman, AR 71763-8720 (870) 352-2592, (870) 352-3598 Fax.

    Museums[edit | edit source]

    Societies[edit | edit source]

    Websites[edit | edit source]

    • 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. 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[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, “Dallas County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ark/dallas/
    3. Wikipedia contributors, "Dallas County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallas_County,_Arkansas.
    4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
    5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dallas County, Arkansas. Page 67 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), 65.
    6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
    7. Wikipedia contributors, "Dallas County, Arkansas Genealogy," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallas_County,_Arkansas, accessed 10 September 2018.
    8. Michael Hodge, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=764&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 13, 2016), “Dallas County.”
    9. 9.0 9.1 FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
    10. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), pp. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
    11. Calvin L. Collier, They'll do to Tie To: the story of the Third Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A.,(Little Rock, Arkansas: Civil War Round Table Associates, 1959) p. 10. FHL book 976.7 M2c
    12. 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)
    13. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.