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Louisiana Territory, Missouri Territory, and finally Arkansas Territory were names given to the land that became Carroll County. The Osage hunted the land until they ceded their rights to northwest Arkansas in an1808 treaty. In 1818, the United States government established a reservation for the Western Cherokee. The northwest boundary of the reservation ran diagonally through what is now Carroll County. In 1828, the reservation was given up, and the land became the property of the federal government once more. The Trail of Tears crossed the area (then Lawrence County and later Izard County) before Carroll County was created on November 1, 1833, and also later that decade. The county was named after the state of Maryland resident Charles Carroll. Carroll, one of the first to sign the Declaration of Independence, identified himself by adding his place of residence as he penned “Charles Carroll of Carrollton.”
The county’s boundaries changed several times. Sections were taken in 1836 and 1838 to create Madison and Searcy counties. Another portion became Newton County in 1842. The creation of Boone County in 1869 reduced Carroll below the minimum square miles required for a county, so part of Madison County was added.
William and Charles Sneed were the area’s first settlers. Carrollton was the county seat for a time. Located on the Military Road, it became a thriving community and saw many changes. In 1844, a Marion County political feud between the Tutt and Everett families turned violent. The Carroll County Militia was ordered to Marion County to put an end to the bloodshed. The ill-fated Fancher wagon train passed through the town in 1857; it would later be attacked by Mormons in Utah in what is known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The surviving children were returned to Arkansas two years later.
In the county’s early years, lumber mills appeared, farmers grew sustenance crops, and an abundance of game made for good hunting. The Kings River, the White River, and other water sources such as Osage and Dry Fork provided access to the growing county. A post office was established at Green Forest in 1855, discontinued in 1856, and reestablished in 1867.

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Berryville Highschool Class ca. 1918-19
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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.

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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 - Berryville Office
210 W. Church Ave.
Berryville, AR 72616
Phone (870)423-2422
Court and County Clerk - Eureka Springs Office
44 So. Main St.
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Phone (479)253-8646
Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 249
Berryville, AR 72616

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