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Guide to Calhoun 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: Hampton
Organized: December 6, 1850
Parent County(s): Dallas and Ouachita [1]
Neighboring Counties
Bradley  • Cleveland  • Dallas  • Ouachita  • Union
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County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The county was named for U.S. Vice President John C. Calhoun.[2]It is located in the south central area of the state.[3]

County CourthouseEdit

Calhoun County Courthouse
Main Street
Hampton, AR 71744
Phone: 870.798.2517
Calhoun County Website

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1851, divorce, probate and court records from 1880.[4]

Calhoun 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1851 1914* 1880 1851 1880 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

  • 1850--Calhoun County was created 6 December 1850 from Dallas and Ouachita Counties.
  • County seat: Hampton[6]

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 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:[7]

Cities
Towns
Townships
  • Township 1
  • Township 2
  • Township 3
  • Township 4
  • Township 5
  • Township 6
  • Township 7
  • Township 8
  • Township 9


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

  • Pre 1800 - French-Canadian hunters, trappers, and traders were probably the first Europeans to visit the area.
  • 1804 - William Dunbar and George Hunter were officially the first American citizens to visit what is now Calhoun County with their exploration of the Red, Black, and Ouachita rivers.
  • 1800-1840 - Settlers from other states began to arrive. Many families from Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee chose this area. to settle.
  • 1861-1874 - With over 400 soldiers from the county involved in the Civil War, farming, commerce, and immigration almost came to a standstill.
  • 1880s - The county did not recover economically until the St. Louis and Southwestern Railroad, passed through the northwestern corner of the county.
  • 1920s - The population reached a peak never to be surpassed.

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Calhoun, 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

The following web site may have additional information on Arkansas County cemeteries.

Census RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 4,103
1870 3,853 −6.1%
1880 5,671 47.2%
1890 7,267 28.1%
1900 8,539 17.5%
1910 9,894 15.9%
1920 11,807 19.3%
1930 9,752 −17.4%
1940 9,636 −1.2%
1950 7,132 −26.0%
1960 5,991 −16.0%
1970 5,573 −7.0%
1980 6,079 9.1%
1990 5,826 −4.2%
2000 5,744 −1.4%
2010 5,368 −6.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church RecordsEdit

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

African AmericansEdit

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

  • Probate Records 1851-1936 Calhoun 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 records 1861-1936; Claims against estates 1851-1899; Minutes 1851-1911; Probate records 1851-1911.

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.

  • History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas. Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co.1889.
  • Russell, Jesse Lewis. Behind these Ozark hills : history - reminiscences - traditions featuring the author's family, biographical sketches of outstanding descendants of pioneers. New York, New York : Hobson Book Press, 1947.
  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

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

- 2nd Battalion, Arkansas Calvalry (Confederate) , Company A
- 6th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)

Online Records

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

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


ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

Vital RecordsEdit

BirthEdit

Birth Records reveal
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Parent's Names Green check.png  
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In 1877, a few county and city clerks[9] started keeping birth and death records.

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

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

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

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.


LibrariesEdit

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

WebsitesEdit

  • ARGenWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb. 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Calhoun County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ark/calhoun/.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Calhoun County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ark/calhoun/.
  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), Calhoun 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, "Calhoun County, Arkansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calhoun_County,_Arkansas#Communities, accessed 30 August 2018.
  8. Carolyn Stratton Cox, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=751&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 11, 2016), “Calhoun County.”
  9. 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)
  10. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  11. 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.