introduction[edit | edit source]
Guardianship is a court ordered appointment of one person (the guardian) to take care of someone who is physically or mentally unable to manage their affairs (the ward). A ward may sometimes be a minor child.
WEBSITES RELATIVE TO ARKANSAS GUARDIANSHIP RECORDS[edit | edit source]
Guardianship records have been kept by the clerks of the county courts in Arkansas, sometimes in separate volumes, but most often merely noted in the court minutes.
- Arkansas County Clerk Office Directory at county-clerk.net
- gives locations and contact information for each county clerk in Arkansas
- Arkansas county probate or court can be found in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog by entering a place search as: UNITED STATES, ARKANSAS, [County]
- A topic list will appear from which you may choose 'Court Records' or 'Probate Records.'
- county records pertaining to Guardians at Arkansas History Commission
- a list and descriptions of Guardianship records held by the Arkansas History Commission; searchable by county
- FHL microfilm numbers and Arkansas History Commission (the State Archives) microfilm roll numbers are included
- photocopies may be ordered from The Arkansas History Commission or from FamilySearch photo duplication services
SAMPLES OF GUARDIANSHIP RECORDS[edit | edit source]
A person appointed as guardian may be a relative, a friend of the family, or one who could teach the minor(s) a trade. In some cases guardians or administrators were appointed to handle the affairs of adults who were deemed incompetent.
- Arkansas County Guardian bonds and letters 1876-1911 vol 1 This sample gives the name of the Guardian and the minor ward, and the date of the guardianship appointment.