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Guide to Carroll 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
Organized: November, 1833
County seat: Berryville
Courthouse: Carroll County Courthouse
210 W Church Street
Berryville, AR 72616-4233
Phone: 870.423.2022
Cities and Towns: See list
Parent County(s): Izard
Boundary Changes: See details
Record Loss: See details
Variant Spellings:
Neighboring Counties
Barry (MO)  • Benton  • Boone  • Madison  • Newton  • Stone (MO)  • Taney (MO)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

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Carroll County, Arkansas from Izard County by a legislative act passed 1 Nov 1833. That act took effect on 25 Dec 1833, making the county Arkansas's 26th county.

Prior to that, part of what is currently Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma became Lovely County. Lovely County, which was intended as a residence for Native Americans, was in operation from 1827 to 1828. The Lovely County Citizen, published today in Carroll County's Eureka Springs, is named for the earlier county. Lovely County derived its name from William and Persis Lovely, a white couple who lived among the Cherokee.

In Jan 1834, Carrollton became the county seat and remained so until 1875 or 1880 (sources differ), when Berryville took its place. Currently, the county has dual county seats, Berryville and Eureka Springs. King's River serves as the jurisdictional line between these two county seats, with Berryville serving as the primary seat.

The White River flows through Carroll County. The area contains some of the most mountainous portions of the Ozark Mountains. The county has been noted for its oak and hickory forests and, currently, for poultry and beef production.

Tourism is also a significant industry in Carroll County. This is largely because of Eureka Springs, known as "Little Switzerland." Eureka Springs is characterized by Victorian buildings clustered on steep mountain streets. The county's other county seat, Berryville, is home to the Saunders Museum. 

The county is named after Charles Carroll (1737-1832) of Maryland. He was the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence.[1] Carroll had died just the year before Carroll County was founded.

See also:

Carroll County, Arkansas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1914 1870 1914 1840 1870 1870
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Carroll County Arkansas Courthouse

Carroll County Courthouse
210 W Church Street
Berryville, AR 72616-4233
Phone: 870.423.2022

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1870. Clerk Circuit Court has land, divorce records from 1870.[3]

Government and Related Websites

  • 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
  • PublicRecords.com (unofficial site) - Provides links to County officials and public records

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

For record loss in Arkansas counties, see ARGenWeb

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1833--Caroll County was created 1 November 1833 from Izard County. County seats: Carroll County currently has dual county seats, Berryville and Eureka Springs.
  • Historical boundary changes at Newberry Library site
  • Carroll County originally comprised most of what is today Boone, Newton, and Carroll Counties, along with a small area that is now in northeastern Pope County. 
  • Part of Carroll County became Madison County in 1836.
  • Part of Carroll County became Newton County in 1842.
  • The northern part of Madison County was added to Carroll County in 1867.
  • The eastern part of Carroll County became Boone County in 1869. 
  • Other minor boundary changes occurred in 1838, 1843, 1846, 1854, 1857, and 1869.

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.

Cities and Towns[edit | edit source]

  • Click FamilySearch Catalog and select the link Places within... for cities and towns (most counties)

Populated Places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Events below gleaned from Carroll County The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

  • The Osage indians were the pre white man residents of the area that would become Carroll County.
  • 1808 - The Osage ceded their rights to northwest Arkansas to the government of the USA.
  • 1818 - The United States government established a reservation for the Western Cherokee.
  • 1828 - The reservation was given up, and the land became the property of the federal government once more.
  • 1833 - November 1, Carroll County was created
  • 1840s - William and Charles Sneed were the area’s first settlers.
  • 1840s - In the county’s early years, lumber mills appeared, farmers grew sustenance crops, and an abundance of game made for good hunting.
  • 1879 - The use of mineral springs in the western part of the county brought a rapid population increase in the area.
  • 1883 - The railroad reached Eureka Springs.
  • 1901 - Additional rail travel came to Carroll County with the completion of the St. Louis and North Arkansas line from Harrison (Boone County) to Green Forest, Berryville, and Eureka Springs
  • 1920s-1930s - Due to an economy based on agriculture, many residents had to seek employment elsewhere. Some headed to the oil fields in Oklahoma, others to California. Thus began a population decline that lasted until 1960.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Biographies from The History of Carroll County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed Publishing Company are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

By individual cemetery

BillionGraves: Has Google map, searchable database for each cemetery, photos of headstones. Can also search globally for the burial in case the burial may have taken place at a different cemetery.

Online Carroll County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Carroll County
Get a list of cemeteries
(then click to names of people)
Find printed records
(Often more complete)
  • Find A Grave Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
  • Billion Graves Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
  • FamilySearch Catalog Select Cemeteries. — for cities and towns, click Places within... link (most counties)

Census Records[edit | edit source]

General

1830

1840

  • 1840 Census Index (S-K Publications via GenWebArchives)
  • 1840 Census Index (Peggy Seidler via GenWeb Archives): Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  • 1840 U.S. Census, Carroll County, Arkansas. Wichita, KS: S-K Publications, [1987?]. WorldCat page
  • Worley, Ted R. United States Census (Index) Carroll County, Arkansas 1840; U.S. Census, Carroll County, Arkansas, 1850. Little Rock, AR: Arkansas History Commission, 1957. WorldCat page

1850

  • 1850 Census (Peggy Seidler via GenWeb Archives): Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  • 1850 Census Index (S-K Publications via GenWeb Archives)
  • 1850 Census Index (Peggy Seidler via GenWeb Archives): Part 1 | Part 2
  • 1850 Slave Schedule (Carroll County Historical Society)
  • Crisp, Robert M. Index to Heads of Households, Carroll Co., Arkansas 1850 Census. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas College of Engineering, 1991. WorldCat page
  • Melson, James E. Arkansas, Carroll County, 1850 Census. Muskogee, OK: Self-published, 1995. WorldCat page
  • Presley, Mrs. Leister E. Carroll County, Arkansas, 1850. Searcy, AR: Self-published, 1970. WorldCat page
  • Schunk, John F. 1850 U.S. Census, Carroll County, Arkansas. Wichita, KS: S-K Publications, 1987. WorldCat page
  • Snow, Joy L. 1850 Carroll County, Arkansas. Marshfield, MO: J.L. Snow, n.d. Family History Library
  • Worley, Ted R. U.S. Census, Carroll County Arkansas, 1850. [1959?]. WorldCat page

1860

  • 1860 census index (Carroll County Historical Society)
  • Buckley, Sandra Johns. 1860 Federal Census Carroll County, Arkansas. Fair Play, MO: Self-published, 1991. WorldCat page

1870

1880

  • 1880 Census Images (GenWeb Archives)
  • 1880 Census Surname Index (Carroll County Historical Society)
  • Fayetteville Public Library Genealogy Dept. Partial Index to the 1880 Carroll County Arkansas Federal Census. Fayetteville, AR: Fayetteville Public Library, 1990. WorldCat page

1920

1930

  • "Census Work" (article about preparations for collecting the 1930 census), Green Forest Tribune, 22 Mar 1900 (Carroll County Historical Society)

Church Records[edit | edit source]

  • Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center, Springfield, MO: Eureka Springs figures prominently in the early 20th century pre-denominational history of Pentecostalism. The Flower Center houses a number of periodicals, photographs, and other archival materials pertaining to pre-World War I Pentecostalism in Eureka Springs, Carroll Co., AR.
  • Hicks, Freda Biggerstaff. Church Records of Union United Baptist Church, Carroll County, Arkansas. [AR?]: Self-published, 1989. WorldCat page

Court Records[edit | edit source]

  • Court records began in 1870 [4]

The Clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll County, at 210 West Church Street in Berryville, has court records dating from 1870.

  • Agee, Peg. Eureka Springs Feud Ends Deadly: Based on Actual Events - Court Transcripts Included. Bloomington, IN: Anchor House, 2008. Google Books preview

Education

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

General:

  • Biographies: Extensive menu, primarily from Goodspeed's history (GenWeb Archives)
  • History and Families, Carroll County, Arkansas. Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing Co., 2003. WorldCat page
  • Russell, Jesse Lewis. Behind These Ozark Hills (manuscript). Family History Library
  • York, Courtney. Arkansas Carroll County Biographies, 1889. San Jose, CA: House of York, 1971. WorldCat page
  • Biographies from The History of Carroll County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed Publishing Company are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.

Specific families:

  • [Bunch]: Bradley Bunch (Carroll County Historical Society)
  • [Chaney]: Chaney Log House (Historic American Building Surveys at Library of Congress)
  • [Gaskins]: Gaskins, John. Life and Adventures of John Gaskins in the Early History of Northwest Arkansas: True Tales by an Old Hunter. Eureka Springs, AR: Eureka Springs Historical Museum, [1980?]. WorldCat page
  • [Usrey]: Rob & Janie (Phillips) Usrey (Carroll County Historical Society)

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

The Clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll County, at 210 West Church Street in Berryville, has land records dating from 1870.

  • Allen, Desmond Walls. Arkansas State Donation and Swamp Lands: Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Fulton, Izard, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Stone Counties, 1855-2001. Conway, AR: Arkansas Research, 2003. WorldCat page
  • Allen, Desmond Walls, and Bobbie Jones McLane. Arkansas Land Patents, Carroll County: Granted Through 30 Jun 1908. Conway, AR: Arkansas Research, 1991. WorldCat page
  • Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office: Land patents for Carroll County can be searched and viewed online, with scans of the original documents accessible. Searching for Carroll County patents with no particular individual's name yields 205 pages of hits.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Bunch, Bradley. History of Carroll County Arkansas, 1876. (Carroll County Historical Society)
  • City of Eureka Springs: City History
  • Cragon, Harvey G. The Eureka Springs Railway: An Automobile Tour into the Past. Dallas, TX: Cragon Books, 2007.
  • Danielson, Kay Marnon. Eureka Springs, Arkansas (Images of America series). Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2001. Google Books preview
  • Eureka Springs History
  • Griffith, Rue. History of Rule Community, 1955. (Carroll County Historical Society)
  • Hanley, Ray, and Diane Hanley. Carroll and Boone Counties, Arkansas. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 1999. WorldCat page
  • History and Families, Carroll County, Arkansas. Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing Co., 2003. Family History LibraryWorldCat page
  • History of Carroll County, Arkansas. Berryville, AR: Carroll County Historical Society, 2005 (reprint of Goodspeed's 19th century history with extra material added). WorldCat page
  • Keefe, James F., and Lynn Morrow, eds. The White River Chronicles of S.C. Turnbo: Man and Wildlife on the Ozarks Frontier. University of Arkansas Press, 1994. Google Books preview | publisher's page
  • Lair, Jim, ed. Carroll County Families: These Were the First. Berryville, AR: Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1991. Family History Library
  • Lair, Jim, and O. Klute Braswell. An Outlander's History of Carroll County, Arkansas, 1830-1983. Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Co., 1983. Family History LibraryWorldCat page
  • A Pictorial Heritage of Carroll County, Arkansas. Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing Co., 2003. WorldCat page
  • History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. Ancestry.com ($)
  • Pioneer tales of Eureka Springs and Carroll County. Eureka Springs, Ark.: unknown,c1930. Ancestry.com ($)
  • See also Cities and towns for resources in the FamilySearch Catalog

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Click on a neighboring county to go to the wiki page.
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

General

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 1st Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Stirman's) (Confederate), Companies A, B and C
- 14th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Powers') (Confederate)
- 16th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies D and E
- 27th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies B and C (old), Company D

World War II

Miscellaneous

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

The County Clerk, at 210 West Church Street in Berryville, has probate records dating as early as 1870.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Tax records are housed at the county courthouse and at the Arkansas History Commission.

  • 1834 Tax List (Carroll County Historical Society)
  • Pyron, Shirley Hamby, and Juanita Norris Buell. 1890 Reconstructed Census of Carroll County, Arkansas, from 1890 Personal Property Tax Records. AR: Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society, [1986?]. WorldCat page

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

The County Clerk, at 210 West Church Street in Berryville, has marriage records dating as early as 1870.

Divorce

Death[edit | edit source]

  • Allen, Desmond Walls. Northwestern Arkansas Death Record Index: Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Washington Counties. Conway, AR: Arkansas Research, 1996. WorldCat page
  • Parton, Reta DeShields, Tonya Parton Williams, and Vineta Wingate. Carroll County, Arkansas Burial Association, Member Deaths, 1941-1962. AR: R.D. Parton, [2002?]. WorldCat

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Carroll County Historical Society

  • website contains many County records including school, Cemeteries, Census, Tax, Marriage,

Divorce, Civil War records and more.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Sites with online indexes or images of records

  • ARGenWeb - Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb - Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • RootsWeb - Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • Ancestry.com resources

More Carroll County genealogy links

  • Linkpendium - Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • CyndisList - Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Carroll_of_Carrollton.
  2. 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.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 66.
  4. 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.
  5. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  6. 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.

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