Searcy County Records

Marriage records indexes: none available

Marriage records: 1880 - 1951
Marriage records consist of copies of original marriage bond, affidavit of application, certificate of marriage, and certificate of recording. Before 1874, records show only name of bride and groom, date of marriage, and name of person performing ceremony. After 1874, records show name, age, and residence of bride and groom, name of surety bondsman, date of ceremony, and name of person performing ceremony. If either party is under age, record may contain affidavit of consent from parent or guardian. Records usually filed chronologically by date of recording. Individual volumes may have internal indexes.

Will records: 1907 - 1979
Transcriptions of original wills filed with the probate court contain name of deceased (testator), names of heirs, and names of witnesses, proofs of will, names and oaths of subscribing witnesses, date of filing, and signature of clerk. In some cases, the record contains the date of death of the deceased. Volumes may contain internal indexes with name of deceased indexed by the first letter of last name.

Probate court records: 1859 - 1879
Records of proceedings in probate court show title of case, names of deceased, heirs, wards, guardians, administrator or executor, attorneys, trial date, finding of court, order of custody of person or property, motions, petitions, and pleadings. Filed chronologically by court date. Volumes may contain an internal index by the first letter of the last name of the deceased, administrator, or ward.

Probate bonds and letters: 1885 - 1908
Records of administrator’s, guardian’s, or executor’s bonds and letters filed in probate court guaranteeing faithful performance of official duties contain name of deceased, date of death, name of administrator, guardian, or executor, as well as names of bondsmen/sureties, minors, date executed, and certificate of record. Also may contain information on accounts current and case docket information. Volume may contain an internal index with names indexed by the first letter of the last name of the deceased.

Deed records indexes: none available

Deed records: 1848 - 1902
Record of deeds and other instruments executed to convey title or mortgage property may also contain affidavits, court decrees, slave sales, manumission records, homestead certificates, marriage records and contracts, land redemption records, liens, chattel mortgages, official bonds and appointments, articles of incorporation or association, and land plats. Records filed more or less chronologically. Books may have internal index by name of grantee and grantor.

Early tax record: [1839 - 1866]
Records of real estate and personal taxes assessed against all male county residents between the ages of 21 and 60 and women and minors who owned personal or real property contain name of taxpayer, number of polls, legal description of property, town lots, slaves, cattle and horses, and other personal property. Records are arranged by year and then in alphabetical order by the first letter of their last name. Non-resident taxpayers are usually listed at the end of each volume.

Personal property tax records: none available

Real estate tax records: none available

County court records: none available

Circuit court records: 1867 - 1884
Records of proceedings of criminal cases tried in circuit court show dates of term of court, names of court officers, trial date, offenses charged, names of litigants, names of grand and petit jurymen, and court orders. Arranged chronologically by date of court session.

Chancery court records: 1887 - 1960
The chancery or equity court has jurisdiction over disputes between individuals or between individuals and entities such as businesses rather than over matters of the breach of law. Deals with divorce, alimony, custody of minors, personal debt, foreclosures, disputes concerning estates, property, and contracts. Records contain names of plaintiffs, defendants, witnesses, lawyers, as well as verdicts, judgments, and court orders. Arranged chronologically by court date. Volumes may contain an internal index by first letter of the last name of plaintiff and defendant.

Naturalization records: 1919 - 1921
Records of declarations and petitions of aliens of their intent to become citizens, showing name, age, occupation, personal description, place of birth, last foreign residence, etc. Volumes indexed by the first letter of the last name of alien.

Miscellaneous County Records