Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy
Guide to Benton County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. [[Image:Template:ARBentonWarEagle]]
Benton County, founded September 30, 1836, was formed from Washington County, and is located in the northwest corner of Arkansas on the Ozark plateau. It adjoins Oklahoma to the west and Missouri to the north. The county seat is Bentonville, named in honor of U.S Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, who was instrumental in helping the Arkansas Territory achieve statehood.
|Benton County, Arkansas|
Location in the state of Arkansas, United States Genealogy
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
|Founded||September 30, 1836|
|Address||Benton County Courthouse|
215 E. Central, Suite 217
Bentonville, AR 72712-0699
Telephone: 479.271.1013- 1031
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Genealogy Resources
- 4.1 Research Guides
- 4.2 African Americans
- 4.3 Bible Records
- 4.4 Biographies
- 4.5 Cemeteries
- 4.6 Census
- 4.7 Church Records
- 4.8 Court
- 4.9 Genealogy
- 4.10 Land and Property
- 4.11 Local Histories
- 4.12 History Timeline
- 4.13 Maps
- 4.14 Military
- 4.15 Naturalization
- 4.16 Newspapers
- 4.17 Occupations
- 4.18 Probate Records
- 4.19 Taxation
- 4.20 Vital Records
- 5 Genealogy Societies and Libraries
- 6 Websites
- 7 References
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Benton County Courthouse
215 E. Central, Suite 217
Bentonville, AR 72712-0699
Telephone: 479.271.1013- 1031
County Clerk has marriage records from 1861
and probate records from 1859; Clerk Circuit
Court has divorce, court and land records.
History[edit | edit source]
Parent County[edit | edit source]
- 1836--Benton County was created 30 September 1836 from Washington County. County seat: Bentonville. 
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
See an interactive map of Benton County boundary changes at N2Genealogy.
Variant Spellings[edit | edit source]
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
Places/Localities[edit | edit source]
Populated Places[edit | edit source]
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
Adair County, Oklahoma Genealogy · Barry County, Missouri Genealogy · Delaware County, Oklahoma Genealogy · Madison County, Arkansas Genealogy · McDonald County, Missouri Genealogy · Washington County, Arkansas Genealogy
Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]
Research Guides[edit | edit source]
African Americans[edit | edit source]
Bible Records[edit | edit source]
[edit | edit source]
- Family Biographies from The History of Benton County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
- Cemeteries of Benton County - Index and Transcriptions - Benton County ARGenWeb
Individual Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
BillionGraves transcriptions, photos, and Google map for each cemetery.
- Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery, Bella Vista
- Barron Cemetery, Bentonville
- Dog Hill Cemetery, Bella Vista
- Hillcrest Cemetery, Gravette
- Lee Cemetery, Sulphur Springs
- Silent Grove Cemetery, Springdale
- Wet Prairie Cemetery, Gravette
Census[edit | edit source]
- 1840 Federal Census Index and transcriptions, Benton County ARGenWeb
- 1850 Federal Census Index and transcriptions, Benton County ARGenWeb
Church Records[edit | edit source]
Court[edit | edit source]
Genealogy[edit | edit source]
Land and Property[edit | edit source]
Local Histories[edit | edit source]
Biographies from the History of Benton County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website
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 gleaned from Arkansas County - The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture 
- Late 1700's to early 1800's - The Osage Indians in Missouri made forays into the area for seasonal hunting.
- 1808 - 1825 - The U.S. government obtained major land cessions from the Osage.
- 1828 - The Arkansas Cherokee also ceded their land. This marked the last major Indian occupation of the area and opened it to legal white settlement.
- Late 1820's - White settlers increasingly moved into the area.
- 1836 - September 30 - Benton County was formally established as a separate county.
- Many early county settlers came from Tennessee and other states of the upper South.
- During the Civil War, many Benton County residents were caught between strongly Confederate Arkansans to the south and Union-supporting Missourians to the north.
- During the Civil War years, much of Benton County suffered destruction and severe food shortages.
- 1870's - The county’s population grew, but the number of black citizens decreased rapidly
Maps[edit | edit source]
- Family Maps of Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
- Historic maps of Benton County, Arkansas 1875 to 1922, free access on My Genealogy Hound.
Military[edit | edit source]
Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
- A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Benton County on page 191.]
- Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include"an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
Regiments. Service men in Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy:
- - 2nd Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate), Company D
- - 34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- - 35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company F
Civil War Battle[edit | edit source]
The following Civil War battle was fought in Benton County.
- March 6-8, 1862 = Pea Ridge, also known as Elkhorn Tavern.
- Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.
Naturalization[edit | edit source]
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Benton newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch. Do a Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy Place-name search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see, FamilySearch Catalog Places Search).
- Fayetteville Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Fayetteville Daily Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Daily Fayetteville Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Northwest Arkansas Times at Ancestry.com ($)
- Courier Times at Ancestry.com ($)
- Arkansas Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites. Includes newspapers for Benton County.
- Benton County DailyRecord
Occupations[edit | edit source]
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
- Probate Records 1843-1915 Part of: County Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
- Includes Administration bonds 1858-1888; Chancery Court records 1843-1882; Dockets 1869-1897; Gurdian bonds 1858-1887; Minutes 1857-1874; Probate records 1884-1908.
Taxation[edit | edit source]
Vital Records[edit | edit source]
Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
- 1861-1952 - Benton County Marriage Books A-Z and Marriage License Bonds Index 1861-1952 in Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1877-1924 - Benton County Marriage Books A-J Index 1877-1924 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.
Death[edit | edit source]
- Benton County, Arkansas Obituary Collection From GenealogyBuff.com ~ Free. From Various Funeral Homes in the Rogers, Bentonville, Siloam Springs,Lowell, Gentry, Gravette, Little Flock, and Pea Ridge areas.
- 1850 - 1850 U.S. Census Mortality Schedule Transcription
- 1860 - 1860 U.S. Census Mortality Schedule Transcription
Vital Record Substitutes[edit | edit source]
Finding More Vital Records[edit source]
Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:
- WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
- FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see, FamilySearch Catalog Places Search)
Genealogy Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]
- Benton County Historical Society
- Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society
- Bella Vista Public Library
11 Dickens Place
Bella Vista AR 72714
- Bentonville Public Library
405 S Main Street
Bentonville AR 72712
- Rogers Public Library
711 S Dixieland Road
Rogers AR 72758
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
- Introduction to Family History Centers
- Springdale Arkansas Family History Center 922 E Emma Springdale AR 72764 United States
- Bentonville Arkansas Stake Family History Center 1101 McCollum Rd Bentonville AR 72712 United States
Websites[edit | edit source]
- Benton County ARGenWeb Part of the USGenWeb Project. Census and Cemetery transcriptions, Maps, Deed Records and more ...
- Family History Library Catalog
- Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
References[edit | edit source]
- The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 66.
- Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Arkansas. Adjutant General's Office. Report of the Adjutant General of Arkansas, for the period of the late rebellion, and to November 1, 1866 (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990).
- Allen, Desmond Walls. Third Arkansas Union Cavalry (Desmond Walls Allen, Conway, Arkansas) 1987, pp. 33-92.
- Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August, 2012)
- FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
- Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.