Open main menu

Hot Spring County, Arkansas Genealogy


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

County Facts
County seat: Malvern
Organized: November 2, 1829
Parent County(s): Clark[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clark  • Dallas  • Garland  • Grant  • Montgomery  • Saline
See County Maps
Location Map

County InformationEdit


The county was named for the the hot springs. It is located in the southwest of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Hot Spring County Courthouse
210 Locust Street
Malvern, AR 72104
Phone: 501.332.2291
Hot Spring County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1825 and probate records from 1834;
Clerk Circuit Court has court and divorce records.[3]

Hot Spring County, ArkansasEdit

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* 1825 1914* 1843 1831 1834 1830
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record LossEdit

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • Hot Spring County was created from Clark
  • County seat: Malvern[5]

Parts were set off to create following new counties:

Populated PlacesEdit

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]

  • Donaldson
  • Friendship
  • Magnet Cove
  • Malvern
Unincorporated communities
  • Abco
  • Antioch
  • Beaton
  • Bismarck
  • Bonnerdale
  • Brown Springs
  • Butterfiield
  • Caney
  • Central
  • Cove Creek
  • Cross Roads
  • De Roche
  • Diamondhead
  • Duffie
  • Durian
  • Elmore
  • Etta
  • Faber
  • Fleming
  • Gifford
  • Harp
  • Jones Mill
  • Lambert
  • Landers
  • Lono
  • Mount Moriah
  • Oak Bower
  • Oak Grove
  • Antioch
  • Big Creek
  • Bismarck
  • Brown Springs
  • Butterfield
  • Clear Creek
  • De Roche
  • Dover
  • Fenter
  • Gifford
  • Harrison
  • Henderson
  • Lone Hill
  • Magnet
  • Midway
  • Montgomery
  • Ouachita
  • Prairie
  • Saline
  • Valley

History TimelineEdit

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Hot Spring County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [7]

  • 1818 - The Quapaw tribe ceded control of the lands surrounding the forty-three hot springs to the United States.
  • 1829 November 2 - Hot Spring County was established by an act of the territorial legislature with land taken from Clark County.
  • 1865 (and after) - Hot Springs thrived after the Civil War, unlike many other Arkansas towns.
  • 1850s-1870s - River transportation was becoming less important as the railroad moved west.
  • 1879 October 15 - The popularity of river travel yielded to the efficiency of rail, and fast-growing Malvern officially replaced neighboring Rockport as the county seat.
  • 1945 - World War II brought an unprecedented demand for the barite found in Hot Spring County—the solid deposits of barite were useful in oil-well drilling. Following the war, various industries were established in the county.

Additional Information

  • The County was named for the hot springs at Hot Springs, located within the county.
  • The county is a "dry county", no alcohol allowed.


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Hot Springs, 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 RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 458
1840 1,907 316.4%
1850 3,609 89.3%
1860 5,635 56.1%
1870 5,877 4.3%
1880 7,775 32.3%
1890 11,603 49.2%
1900 12,748 9.9%
1910 15,022 17.8%
1920 17,784 18.4%
1930 18,105 1.8%
1940 18,916 4.5%
1950 22,181 17.3%
1960 21,893 −1.3%
1970 21,963 0.3%
1980 26,819 22.1%
1990 26,115 −2.6%
2000 30,353 16.2%
2010 32,923 8.5%
Source: "".

Church RecordsEdit

Court RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit



  • Probate Records 1834-1945 Hot Spring 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 bonds 1866-1869; Administration, executor and guardian records 1858-1945; Guardian bonds and letters 1834-1850; Letters of administration 1862-1871; Probate record index 1883-1887; Probate records 1839-1895; Wills 1879-1930

Land and Property RecordsEdit

Local HistoriesEdit

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.

  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pulaski, Jefferson, Lonoke, Faulkner, Grant, Saline, Perry, Garland, and Hot Spring Counties, Arkansas. Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. Online at: ($)

Maps and GazetteersEdit

Montgomery CountyGarland CountySaline CountyGrant CountyDallas CountyClark CountyPike CountyAR HOT SPRING.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

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

- 3rd Consolidated Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Company F
- 19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dockery's) (Confederate),
- 20th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company D

Men from this county served in the 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[8] and the 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate).[9]

Online Records

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


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


Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

Vital RecordsEdit


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[10] 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.




Research FacilitiesEdit


Family History CentersEdit

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.





  • 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 GuidesEdit


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Hot Spring County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”,
  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), Hot Spring County, Arkansas. Page 68 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), 66.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Hot Spring County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Arkansas, accessed 15 September 2018.
  7. Jennifer Atkins-Gordeeva, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, ( : accessed January 13, 2016), “Hot Spring County.”
  8. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), pp. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  9. 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
  10. 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)
  11. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at