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    Lonoke County is Arkansas's 70th county, formed on 16 April 1873. Its name originates from a "lone oak" tree that stood on the site of the present county seat; the red oak tree was used as a local landmark by a railroad surveyor. Among Arkansas's 75 counties, it is the only one to share its name with its county seat. The first known white settlement was in 1821 on Moss Prairie, founded by Sampson Gray from Williamson County, Tennessee. Further settlements are attributed to Francis Secrist in 1826 and James Eagle–father of Governor James P. Eagle–in 1839. In 1830, John Harrod settled the area known as Cypress Creek, which is the northern boundary of present-day Lonoke County.
    The county is the location of the Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery, Toltec Mounds State Park, and the Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery – one of the world's largest working fish hatcheries. In 1857, Gilbert Knapp owned the land where the Toltec Mounds were found. He named the mounds, thinking that the Toltec Indians from Mexico built them, though archaeologists later proved otherwise. The mounds, built from about AD 600 to 950, are in the southern region of the county. Camp Nelson, the winter camp of Brigadier General Allison Nelson, four miles southeast of Cabot, is on the National Civil War Discovery Trail. A 20,000-pound, twelve-foot-tall monument and 428 Arkansas marble headstones were dedicated on October 4, 1906. Camp Nelson is one of the state's few all-Confederate cemeteries


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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.
Circuit Clerk
301 North Center St., Suite 204
Lonoke, AR 72086
Phone (501)676-2316
Fax (501)676-3014
County Clerk
301 North Center St.
Lonoke, AR 72086
Phone (501)676-2368
Fax (501)676-2423

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