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MARION COUNTY AR
HOW TO ORDER COPIES FROM THE COURTHOUSE

You need to remember that the courthouse burned in 1887 and there are no records prior to that date except for deed records that were re-recorded after the fire.

COPIES: You can request copies of pages from any of the record books at the courthouse. Check with the courthouse for the current cost of copies and you must include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your request.

REQUESTS: Please make your request as short and clear as possible. Be sure to include the name of your ancestor and the time frame you are searching. Ask for information from a specific source. Please don't write and say "Please send me everything you have on John Smith". You simply won't get anything. The staff will not, I repeat WILL NOT- CAN NOT do research for you. They will send you copies of any specific item they can find. Here's a few examples of requests that will get answered:

"I understand that xxx and xxx's marriage license is recorded on page xx dated xxx. Will you please verify that I have the correct page number and send me a copy of this marriage license"

"My ancestor xxx was supposed to have died in Marion County somewhere around xxx. Would you please check the will books, letters of Administration and probate books to see if my ancestor is mentioned in these records?"

"Would you please verify that xxx owned land in Marion County around xxx date? And if so will you please send me a copy of the deed or deeds. "

The courthouse staff is terribly short handed and requests don't get answered quickly. You can write to the Genealogy Society for help with copies. They charge a bit more but usually you will get your copies quicker.

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