The Arkansas History Commission, in cooperation with the Genealogical Society of Utah, has recently completed microfilming Jackson County records at the courthouse in Newport. The filming is part of an ongoing cooperative project began in 1976 that has microfilmed county records from each of Arkansas’ seventy-five counties. Microfilming projects such as this protect public records from possible destruction by fire, flood, and other disasters, by copying the information found in them onto 35 mm microfilm. It also makes the information more accessible by placing the film at locations such as the Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. This film will soon be available at the History Commission.
Including in this filming are Jackson County deed records from 1886-1901 and loose probate packets from 1835-1890. Also filmed were Jackson County school census records, dating from 1916-1960. The records were kept by school districts, and contain information on all school age children in the county.
For additional information on the History Commission’s hours of operation or its collections, visit its website at www.ark-ives.com or call 501-682-6900.