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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Conway County'''
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Guide to '''Conway 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 Information ==
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| align="center" style="font-family: verdana; background: rgb(238,238,238)" | '''News and Events'''
=== Description ===
=== County Courthouse ===
{{AR Courthouse Intro|Conway}}
[http://www.arcounties.org/counties/detail/17?width=700&height=600&iframe=true Conway County Courthouse]<br>117 South Moose Street; <br>Morrilton, AR 72110<br>Phone 501.354.9621 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1858 and probate records. The Clerk Circuit Court has divorce<br>and land records.<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.</ref>
'''Government and Related Websites'''<br>
* [http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=Arkansas&county=Conway County-clerk.net] (unofficial site) —  Clerks have jurisdiction over birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, land use, land rights, real estate, and other court records. Site provides links to unofficial websites with online records
* [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/AR_Conway.htm PublicRecords.com] (unofficial site) —  Provides links to County officials and public records
=== Conway County, Arkansas Record Dates  ===
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| width="63%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="9%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth]]'''
| align="center" style="font-family: verdana; background: rgb(238,238,238)" |[[Israel Genealogy|'''Israel WikiTopics''']]
| width="9%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="9%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Death|Death]]'''
| width="9%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="9%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="9%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
| width="9%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
| width="9%" align="center" |1914*
| align="left" style="background: rgb(249,243,253)" |  
| width="9%" align="center" |1858
*[[Israel Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
| width="9%" align="center" |1914*
*[[Israel Biography|Biography]]
| width="9%" align="center" |1842
*[[Israel Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
| width="9%" align="center" |1825
*[[Israel Census|Census]]
| width="9%" align="center" |1837
*[[Israel Church Directories|Church Directories]]
| width="9%" align="center" |1830
*[[Israel Church History|Church History]]
*[[Israel Church Records|Church Records]]
*[[Israel Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
*[[Israel Directories|Directories]]
*[[Israel Dwellings|Dwellings]]
*[[Israel Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
*[[Israel Ethnic Groups|Ethnic Groups]]
*[[Israel Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
*[[Israel Compiled Genealogies|Genealogy]]
*[[Israel Geography|Geography]]
*[[Israel Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
*[[Israel History|History]]
*[[Israel Jewish Records|Jewish Records]]
*[[Israel Land and Property|Land and Property]]
*[[Israel Language and Languages|Languages]]
*[[Israel Maps|Maps]]
*[[Israel Military Records|Military Records]]
*[[Israel Minorities|Minorities]]
*[[Israel Names, Personal|Names, Personal]]
*[[Israel Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
*[[Israel Newspapers|Newspapers]]
*[[Israel Nobility|Nobility]]
*[[Israel Notarial Records|Notarial Records]]
*[[Israel Record Selection Table|Record Selection Table]]
*[[Israel Occupations|Occupations]]
*[[Israel Periodicals|Periodicals]]
*[[Israel Probate Records|Probate Records]]
*[[Israel Religions|Religions]]
*[[Israel Social Life and Customs|Social Life and Customs]]
*[[Israel Societies|Societies]]
*[[Israel Taxation|Taxation]]
| colspan="7" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's</center>
| align="center" style="font-family: verdana; background: rgb(238,238,238)" | '''Other Heading'''
=== Record Loss ===
'''1899'''  Fire about 1899 destroyed and damaged some records.  Lewisburg, situated on the Arkansas River, was subject to periodic floods, also resulting in some record loss.
=== Boundary Changes ===
{{AR Boundary Changes Intro|Conway}}
*'''1825--'''Conway County was created 20 October 1825&nbsp;from [[Pulaski County, Arkansas Genealogy|Pulaski]] County. '''County seat:''' Morrilton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
{{AR Newberry Boundaries|CONWAY}}
*For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps"] (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
=== Cities and Towns ===
{{AR Cities and Towns Intro|Conway}}
* Click {{FHL Place IDNum|194503|Arkansas|Conway}} and select the link '''''Places within...''''' for cities and towns (most counties)
'''Populated Places'''<br>
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* Griffin Township
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* Morrilton
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* Plumerville
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
|organized= October 20, 1825
|county seat= Morrilton
|parent county= [[Pulaski County, Arkansas Genealogy|Pulaski]]<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
|variant spellings=
|county1= [[Faulkner County, Arkansas Genealogy|Faulkner]]
|county2= [[Perry County, Arkansas Genealogy|Perry]]
|county3= [[Pope County, Arkansas Genealogy|Pope]]
|county4= [[Van Buren County, Arkansas Genealogy|Van Buren]]
|county5= [[Yell County, Arkansas Genealogy|Yell]]</br><center>[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
|county courthouse= [[Image:ArkansasConwayCourthouse.jpg]]
|county location in state= [[Image:Ar-conway.png|185x185px]]
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=== History Timeline ===
{{AR Historical Timeline Intro|Conway}}
Events below gleaned from Conway County [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=759 The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]<br>
*1803 - Up to about 1803 Conway County’s early settlers came by way of the Arkansas River and included trappers, traders, and fugitives.
*1803 The county was under French and Spanish rule before the Louisiana Purchase put it under American control.
*1825 October 20 - Conway County was created by the Arkansas General Assembly.
*1817-1828 - Tthe Western Cherokee occupied a reservation in Arkansas that included a great deal of Conway County.
*1828 - The Cherokee in Arkansas signed a treaty swapping this reservation for lands west of the territorial border.
*1872 - The Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad was completed through the county.
*1910 - The population of Conway County hit its peak.
== Resources ==
{{AR Resources Intro}}
=== Bible Records ===
{{AR Bible Intro|Conway}}
=== Biographies  ===
{{AR Biographies Intro|Conway}}
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7220 Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Conway County] at Ancestry.com ($)
=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
{{AR Business Records Intro|Conway}}
=== Cemeteries ===
{{AR Cemeteries Intro|Conway}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Conway County, Arkansas''' online and in print</center>
| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Online search''' for people in the county</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=smith&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=4&GScnty=107&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Find A Grave] Click "Refine Last Search" (on the left), enter a name, click '''Search'''
*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=3 Arkansas Gravestones] enter a name and click "Search"
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#given_names=&family_names=smith&birth_year=&death_year=&year_range=5&lim=0&num=10&action=search&exact=true&phonetic=false&record_type=0&country=United+States&state=Arkansas&county=0 Billion Graves] Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Get a list of cemeteries''' (then click to names of people)</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=107 Find A Grave]
*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php Arkansas Gravestones] Select a county from the list
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/conway-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/conway/conway.htm USGenWeb Archives]
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/conway.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arconway/cems.htm ARGenWeb]
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/conway/conway.htm RootsWeb]
*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''Find printed records''' (Often more complete)</center>
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|194503|Arkansas|Conway}} Select ''Cemeteries''. — for cities and towns, click '''''Places within...''''' link (most counties)
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Conway+county+Arkansas=Conway+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
*[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
=== Census Records ===
{{AR Census Intro|Conway}}
=== Church Records ===
{{AR Church Intro|Conway}}
=== Court Records ===
{{AR Court Intro|Conway}}
=== Directories ===
{{AR Directories Intro|Conway}}
=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
{{AR Emigration Intro}}
=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
{{AR Ethnic Groups Intro}}
==== African Americans ====
{{AR African Americans Intro}}
*'''1864-1872''' {{RecordSearch|2328125|Arkansas, Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1864-1872|access=browse}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — images
=== Funeral Homes  ===
{{AR Funeral Homes Intro|Conway}}
=== Genealogies  ===
{{AR Genealogies Intro|Conway}}
=== Guardianship ===
{{AR Guardianship Intro|Conway}}
*'''1817-1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979|access=browse}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Collections] — images; includes guardianships
=== Land and Property Records ===
{{AR Land Intro|Conway}}
=== Local Histories ===
{{AR Histories Intro|Conway}}
*Park, Hugh. ''Historical reminiscenses and biographical memoirs of Conway County, Arkansas''. Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976.
**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE2192650 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free)
*'''''Historical Reminiscences and Biographical Memoirs of Conway County, Arkansas.''''' Little Rock, AR: Arkansas Historical Publishing, 1890. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7220 Ancestry.com] ($)
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7220 Biographical and Historical Memoris of Conway County] at Ancestry.com ($)
* Some [[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities and towns|Cities and towns]] may have local histories.
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
{{AR Maps Intro}}
{{AR Neighboring Counties Intro|{{ARConway County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}}}
*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
=== Migration ===
{{AR Migration Intro}}
=== Military Records ===
{{AR Military Intro}}
==== Civil War ====
{{AR Civil War Intro|Conway}}
{{AR Civil War Regiments|Conway}}
:- [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]], Company I
:- [[10th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|10th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]
:- [[36th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|36th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies F and I
Men from this county served in the [[1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles|1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate)]],<ref>Desmond Walls Allen, ''First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles'' (Conway, Ark.: privately published, 1988), 2.</ref> Company I; [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)]]<ref>Desmond Walls Allen, ''Third Arkansas Union Cavalry'' (Conway, Ark.: privately published, 1987), 33-92.</ref> , Companies A, B, C, D, G, H, K, and L; [[31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry|31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]], Companies C and G.<ref>Ronald R. Bass, ''History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry'' (Conway, Ark.: Arkansas Research, 1996), 12.</ref>
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
{{AR Naturalization Intro}}
=== Newspapers ===
{{AR Newspapers Intro|Conway}}
=== Obituaries ===
{{AR Obituaries Intro|Conway}}
=== Other Records ===
{{AR Other Records Intro}}
=== Periodicals ===
{{AR Periodicals Intro|Conway}}
=== Probate Records ===
{{AR Probate Intro|Conway}}
{{AR Vital Intro}}
'''Online Probate Records<br>
*'''1818-1998'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8638 Arkansas Wills and Probate Records 1818-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*'''1817-1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979|access=browse}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Collections] — images; includes guardianships
=== School Records ===
{{AR Schools Intro}}
=== Tax Records ===
{{AR Tax Intro|Conway}}
=== Vital Records ===
{{AR Vital Intro|Conway}}
==== Birth ====
{{AR Vital Records - Birth Intro|Conway}}
==== Marriage ====
{{AR Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Conway}}
*'''1837-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Collections] — Index.<ref name="hc">FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "[[Arkansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]," in ''FamilySearch Wiki,'' accessed 18 April 2013.</ref> — Conway County Marriage Books 1-3, A-Z, 27-37 Index 1851-1952
*'''1851-1923''' - Conway County Marriage Books C-W Index 1851-1923 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igiarkansasad.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf]].</ref>
==== Death ====
{{AR Vital Records - Death Intro|Conway}}
==== Divorce ====
{{AR Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Conway}}
== Research Facilities ==
{{AR Research Facilities Intro|Conway}}
=== Archives ===
{{AR Archives Intro}}
=== Family History Centers ===
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
=== Libraries ===
{{AR Libraries Intro|Conway}}
'''Major catalogs''' for books, microfilm, or collections pertaining to Conway County<br>
* {{FHL Place IDNum|194503|Arkansas|Conway}} - Select '''''Places within...''''' for cities and towns
*  [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Conway+county%2C+arkansas&qt=results_page WorldCat] —  Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
*  [http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=conway+county%2C+arkansas&te=ILS Allen County Public Library] — Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
*  [http://www.ark-ives.com/documenting/county_records.aspx Arkansas History Commission] Select the county — Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
* Local libraries and [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]] may suggest other catalogs
=== Museums ===
{{AR Museums Intro}}
== Societies ==
{{AR Societies Intro|Conway}}
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arccga/?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0001231185&o_lid=0001231185&o_sch=Affiliate+External Conway County Genealogical Society]<br> P.O. Box 865 <br>Morrilton, Arkansas 72110 <br> E-Mail: conwaycountygenealogy@yahoo.com
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arrvgs/main_page.htm?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0001231185&o_lid=0001231185&o_sch=Affiliate+Externa River Valley Genealogy Society] Researchers interested in CONWAY, FAULKNER, PERRY, POPE, YELL AND VAN BUREN COUNTIES.<br> Farm Bureau Building<br> 201 E. Shady Lane<br> Morrilton, Arkansas
*Website has a list of researched Surnames and suggested links.
== Websites ==
{{AR Websites Intro|Conway}}
'''Sites with online indexes or images of records'''<br>
:* [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arconway/ ARGenWeb] -  Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
:* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/conway/conwpub.htm USGenWeb Archives] -  Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
:* [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Conway/ RootsWeb] -  Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
{{AR Ancestry to County|Conway}}<br>
'''More Conway County genealogy links'''<br>
:* [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Conway/ Linkpendium] -  Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
:* [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/conway/ CyndisList] -  Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
== Research Guides ==
{{AR Research Guides Intro}}
== References ==
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