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    Dallas County is Arkansas's 49th county, formed on January 1, 1845, and named for George M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States. The first community to gain prominence in the area that is now Dallas County was Tulip. Previously named Brownville and then Smithville, after prominent early settlers and citizens, Tulip was located on the Chidester Stage route from Camden (Ouachita County) to Little Rock (Pulaski County). By the time the county was created in 1845, Tulip was well established, but it was never incorporated and was never the seat of the county's government.
    The town of Princeton was platted as the county seat of the newly formed county and, by 1850, rivaled Tulip as the economic and cultural center of the county, with its own academy and a prominent inn. The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1846 on the east side of Princeton's town square. Previous county business had been conducted in the home of a Mr. Watts, presumably Presley Watts, the first county clerk. In 1852, the original log courthouse was replaced and paid for by a member of the Smith family.


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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.

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 Circuit and County Clerk
206 West 3rd St.
Fordyce, AR 71742
Phone (870)352-2307
Fax (870)352-7179
Dallas County Arkansas Genealogical & Historical Society
c/o Dallas County Library
501 East 4th Street
Fordyce, AR 71742

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