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[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wjhonson/ List of Counties in Arkansas]
 
[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wjhonson/ List of Counties in Arkansas]
  
I am a professional genealogist.  If you'd like to hire me you can email me at [mailto:wjhonson@aol.com wjhonson@aol.com].
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This page written and copyright 2008 by Will Johnson.  I am a professional genealogist.  If you'd like to hire me you can email me at [mailto:wjhonson@aol.com wjhonson@aol.com].
  
 
==Background==
 
==Background==
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Prior to 1800, Arkansas was owned by Spain. From 1800 to 1803, Arkansas was owned by France.  In 1803, by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Purchase Louisiana Purchase], Arkansas and much more, were bought by the United States.
 
Prior to 1800, Arkansas was owned by Spain. From 1800 to 1803, Arkansas was owned by France.  In 1803, by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Purchase Louisiana Purchase], Arkansas and much more, were bought by the United States.
  
In 1804, Arkansas was called [[New Madrid]], in the Louisiana District of Indiana Territory.  In 1805 the Louisiana District of Indiana Territory became the Louisiana Territory.  In 1812, part of the Louisiana Territory was renamed the [[Missouri]] Territory.  In 1813, Arkansas County was created in the Missouri Territory, encompassing all of lower Arkansas, while upper Arkansas was still called New Madrid.  In 1815, Arkansas County was divided into two parts, the upper part called Lawrence County and the lower retaining the name Arkansas County.  The new Lawrence County encompassed almost all of the old New Madrid, while New Madrid was left as only a small eastern-most section of what it had been, along the Mississippi River.  The dividing line between Lawrence County and Arkansas County, was the Arkansas River.  On [[Mar 2]], 1819 the president approved the bill which created the Arkansas Territory carved from part of the Missouri Territory.  A small part of Lawrence County was left in Missouri, as was the majority of New Madrid county.  Arkansas Territory was legally born, under the provisions of the act of March 2, on [[Jul 4]], 1819, as Josiah Shinn states.
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In 1804, Arkansas was called [[New Madrid]], in the Louisiana District of Indiana Territory.  In 1805 the Louisiana District of Indiana Territory became the Louisiana Territory.  In 1812, part of the Louisiana Territory was renamed the [[Missouri]] Territory.  In 1813, Arkansas County was created in the Missouri Territory, encompassing all of lower Arkansas, while upper Arkansas was still called New Madrid.  In 1815, Arkansas County was divided into two parts, the upper part called Lawrence County and the lower retaining the name Arkansas County.  The new Lawrence County encompassed almost all of the old New Madrid, while New Madrid was left as only a small eastern-most section of what it had been, along the Mississippi River.  The dividing line between Lawrence County and Arkansas County, was the Arkansas River.  On 2 Mar 1819 the president approved the bill which created the Arkansas Territory, carved from part of the Missouri Territory.  A small part of Lawrence County was left in Missouri, as was the majority of New Madrid county.  Arkansas Territory was legally born, under the provisions of the act of March 2, on 4 Jul 1819, as Josiah Shinn states.
  
Josiah Shinn states that his research, based upon the 1820 census, showed that there were about ten thousand people in Arkansas at this time.  The first issue of the ''Arkansas Gazette'' (newspaper), published by William E. Woodruff appeared on [[Nov 20]], 1819 out of Arkansas Post, but from [[Dec 29]], 1821 began publishing from Little Rock.
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Josiah Shinn states that his research, based upon the 1820 census, showed that there were about ten thousand people in Arkansas at this time.  The first issue of the ''Arkansas Gazette'' (newspaper), published by William E. Woodruff appeared on 20 Nov 1819 out of the town of Arkansas Post, but from 29 Dec 1821 it began publishing from Little Rock.
  
 
==Demographics==
 
==Demographics==
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==Resources==
 
==Resources==
*There are 45 databases on Ancestry with "Arkansas" in their titles, enumerated [http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=0&f2=ARKANSAS&gskw=&f21=&f30=&f11=&rg_f10__date=&rs_f10__date=0&f26=&ctx=%2FMercury%2FPages%2FCardCatListBoolean.aspx&ccType=search&db=dbatitles&ti=0&ti.si=0&gl=&gss=rfs&gst=&so=3&_F0003A49=1 here]
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=0&f2=ARKANSAS&gskw=&f21=&f30=&f11=&rg_f10__date=&rs_f10__date=0&f26=&ctx=%2FMercury%2FPages%2FCardCatListBoolean.aspx&ccType=search&db=dbatitles&ti=0&ti.si=0&gl=&gss=rfs&gst=&so=3&_F0003A49=1 "Arkansas" database] search at Arkansas (45 hits)
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=361&subject_disp=Arkansas&columns=*,0,0 "Arkansas"] as a place-name search in the LDS Catalog
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localityrelated&columns=*%2C0%2C0&subject=361&subject_disp=Arkansas "Arkansas"] as a "related locality" in the LDS Catalog
 
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties/mb.ashx Arkansas] at boards.ancestry
 
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties/mb.ashx Arkansas] at boards.ancestry
 
*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/counties.html Arkansas] at Genforum
 
*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/counties.html Arkansas] at Genforum
*[http://www.mymissourigenealogy.com/mo_maps/mo_cf.htm County Formation Maps of Missouri] (out of which Arkansas was formed)
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*[http://www.n2genealogy.com/missouri/mo-maps.html County Formation Maps of Missouri] (out of which Arkansas was formed)
*[http://www.myarkansasgenealogy.com/ar_maps/ar_cf.htm County Formation Maps of Arkansas]
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*[http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html County Formation Maps of Arkansas]
 
*Desmond Walls [http://www.arkansasresearch.com/ here] has several genealogical works on Arkansas.
 
*Desmond Walls [http://www.arkansasresearch.com/ here] has several genealogical works on Arkansas.
*Articles from the ''Arkansas Gazette'' from 1819 to 1850 are [http://www.arkansasties.com/Special/Gazette/NewsIndex.htm  here]
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*Articles from the ''Arkansas Gazette'' from 1819 to 1850 are [http://www.arkansasties.com/Gazette/NewsIndex.htm  here]
 
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=GdKkAxrFPt4C "Pioneers and Makers"], by Josiah Hazen Shinn, A.M. Genealogical and Historical Publishing Company, 1908. Free on Google Books
 
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=GdKkAxrFPt4C "Pioneers and Makers"], by Josiah Hazen Shinn, A.M. Genealogical and Historical Publishing Company, 1908. Free on Google Books
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*[http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8771 Arkansas Death Index 1914-50]
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*Other then the normal birth certificate, there are also "Delayed" Birth Certificates, and there are "Prior" Birth Certificates.  They are not the same thing.  See [http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=%22prior-birth+index%22 "Arkansas Prior Birth Index"]
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*At Ancestry there is a database called [http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7845&enc=1 ''Arkansas Marriages, 1779-1992''], containing 202,790 records
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*At Ancestry there is a database called [http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4383 ''Arkansas Marriages 1851-1900''], containing 284,110 records
  
 
==Counties with articles here==
 
==Counties with articles here==
*[[Crawford County, Arkansas]]
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<table>
*[[Franklin County, Arkansas]]
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<tr><td>[[Benton County, Arkansas|Benton]]</td><td>[[Crawford County, Arkansas|Crawford]]</td><td>[[Conway County, Arkansas|Conway]]</td><td>[[Franklin County, Arkansas|Franklin]]</td></tr>
*[[Hempstead County, Arkansas]]
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*[[Johnson County, Arkansas]]
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<tr><td>[[Greene County, Arkansas|Greene]]</td><td>[[Grant County, Arkansas|Grant]]</td><td>[[Hempstead County, Arkansas|Hempstead]]</td><td>[[Independence County, Arkansas|Independence]]</td></tr>
*[[Lawrence County, Arkansas]]
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*[[Lovely County, Arkansas]]
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<tr><td>[[Johnson County, Arkansas|Johnson]]</td><td>[[Lawrence County, Arkansas|Lawrence]]</td><td>[[Lovely County, Arkansas|Lovely]]</td><td>[[Perry County, Arkansas|Perry]]</td></tr>
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<tr><td>[[Phillips County, Arkansas|Phillips]]</td><td>[[Washington County, Arkansas|Washington]]</td><td>[[Yell County, Arkansas|Yell]]</td></tr>
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</table>
  
 
==Further reading==
 
==Further reading==

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