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Arkansas County,

Hello and welcome to the Genealogy Trails website for Arkansas County, Arkansas. My name is Linda Rodriguez and I am the Arkansas County coordinator. As we believe all data should be without cost, our goal at Genealogy Trails is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

This is a continuation of our original, and highly successful, Genealogy Trails Illinois History and Genealogy Project and we are excited about this opportunity to expand into other states. We welcome your feedback and comments, and of course, your data contributions.

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You are welcome to browse the information on these pages and at the many links provided to garner the data needed to continue your research into your family history. However, Please remember that this information, in many cases, represents years of painstaking research on the part of myself, or the many generous volunteers who have donated their information to this site. You can show your respect for these efforts by not taking things to use on other websites to claim as your own. I thank you in advance for your consideration.

History of Arkansas County, Arkansas

Arkansas County was the first of the state's 75 counties to be created. It was named after the Arkansas Indian tribe. There are two county seats: De Witt and Stuttgart. De Witt was named after New York Governor Dewitt Clinton. Arkansas County was originally formed on December 13, 1813. According to the 1997 Census of Agriculture, it ranks 4th in the production of rice.

A Class B river port located on state highway 169, a mile east of the US 165 crossing on the north side of the Arkansas River. In 1686, Henri de Tonti, established a trading post along the north side of the Arkansas River, but in 1689 it fell into disuse.  In 1762, France ceded the land to Spain, and the Spanish established a fort here called Fort St. Charles III. In 1803, America took control, and the site grew, becoming a busy steamboat landing, river port, and territorial capital with a population of 3500. It also had many homes, a bank, brick factory and a racetrack among its accouterments. In the late 1800s, after the railroads reached the area, the steamboat trade decreased, and the town faded. The site is a National Historic Park.

Surrounding County

| Desha | Jefferson | Lincoln | Lonoke | Monroe | Phillips | Prairie |

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October 2013
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Tina Easley
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Cargill Hall
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Anna Newell
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Cathy Ritter
Doris Weaver
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