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     When first formed, Miller County was Arkansas's sixth county, established on April 1, 1820, and named for James Miller, the first governor of the Arkansas Territory. Additionally, Miller County was the first of the state's counties to be formed upon the creation of the Arkansas Territory. (Miller County was part of the disputed "Horse's Head" area of northeast Texas and southwest Arkansas, too far north for Mexico to control well and too far west for the United States to control well; while it was technically under Mexican jurisdiction, it truly was not under any country's control.) The county was named for territorial governor James Miller, a native of Temple, New Hampshire; the first county seat was in the John Hall house in the Gilliland settlement. The countys establishment was problematic because Mexico claimed much of east Texas. Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1836, and the first Miller County was abolished two years later. Governor James Conway said the easiest solution would be to abolish the county and remove its records to a "more patriotic" area—that is, in the United States. Until 1874, area settlers found themselves included in Lafayette County. Miller County was reestablished in 1874, with Texarkana as county seat.


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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 and County Clerk
Marion County Courthouse
301 East Main St.
Yellville, AR 72687
Phone (870)449-6226
Fax (870)449-4979
Texarkana USA Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 5825
Texarkana, TX 75505-5825

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Adjacent Counties

Little River County | Hempstead County | Lafayette County
Bossier Parish, Louisiana | Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Cass County, Texas | Bowie County, Texas

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