Baxter County Arkansas Trails To The Past

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24 March 1873

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    Baxter County is Arkansas's 66th county, formed on 24 March 1873 and named for Elisha Baxter, the tenth governor of Arkansas.
    The Jacob Wolf House in Liberty (now Norfork) was the territorial seat of government from 1828 to 1836, when Arkansas became a state. The Wolf House, a two-story log structure, is the oldest standing courthouse in Arkansas. The Izard County seat was moved to Mount Olive in 1836, and the Wolf House became a private residence. Baxter County was originally a portion of Izard County and later a part of Marion, Fulton, and Searcy counties.
    Most of the pioneers moving into the area before the Civil War were from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. They were mostly of Indian heritage, having been driven out of their homes or looking for more open land. The county's earliest recorded towns were Big Flat, formed in 1820, and Clarkridge, formed in 1819.


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Arkansas Dept of Health

Arkansas Dept of Health
Division of Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 661-2174
Fax: (501) 663-2832
  • Vital Records is responsible for the collection and issuance of birth and death certificates and marriage and divorce coupons.
  • Birth and death certificates serve two purposes. They are the definitive legal documents of identity and they collect important medical information about the two most important events – birth and death.
  • Marriage and divorce coupons are so called because they are removed from the bottom of marriage and divorce certificates, the original of which is retained in the offices of the county clerk of courts; these coupons contain limited information.

Arkansas State Archives

Arkansas History Commission
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
The History Commission, the official state archives, is a facility in which those interested in Arkansas history may engage in research. The staff does not undertake research requests from the public. The Research Room is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Saturday. It is closed on state holidays. If you are traveling long distances, please call to confirm hours/days of operation at 501.682.6900.

Arkansas Genealogical Society

  • The purpose of the society is to promote family history research, to educate persons in genealogical research methods and the use of historical records, to publish articles pertaining to Arkansas ancestors, and to preserve and make accessible historical, genealogical, and biographical sources pertaining to Arkansas.
  • AGS has contributed to the genealogical collection of books and other materials at the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and at other libraries and archives with genealogical collections. Books sent to AGS to be reviewed in The Arkansas Family Historian are always donated to a library that does not possess a copy. AGS sometimes purchases and donates special resources, such as the films of the Draper Manuscripts at the Arkansas History Commission.
Court and County Clerk
Baxter County Courthouse
1 East 7th St., Suite 103
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Phone (870)425-3475
Baxter County Archives
213 E. 6th Street, Suite 201
Mountain Home, AR 72653
c/o Baxter County Historical Society
PO Box 2125
Mountain Home, AR 72654-2125

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Adjacent Counties

Fulton County | Izard County | Stone County | Searcy County | Marion County
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