Lookup Public Records in Cleveland CountyArkansas. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Cleveland County, Arkansas Overview

Located in the state of Arkansas, Cleveland County has a population of about 8,689, according to the US Census Bureau. The county seat is Rison, and it is also the largest community. Cleveland County is included in the Pine Bluff, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR Combined Statistical. Established in 1873, Cleveland is Arkansas’s 71st county, and it is named for Stephen W. Dorsey, the U.S. Senator from Arkansas. It was formerly known as Dorsey County. When he was indicted for defrauding the Post Office, they renamed it on March 5, 1885, for Grover Cleveland, the newly elected President of the United States. The Battle of Mark’s Mills, the pivotal engagement in the Union Army’s ill-fated Camden Expedition during the U.S. Civil War, took place in what is now Cleveland County. This engagement resulted in a crushing victory for Confederate forces, though the victory ultimately proved to be hollow when Federal General Frederick Steele and the rest of his army managed to escape from Camden to Little Rock. The county has a total area of 599 square miles, 598 of which is land and the remaining one square mile is water. The county is bordered on all sides by neighboring Arkansas counties; Grant to the northwest, Jefferson to the northeast, Lincoln to the east, Drew to the southeast, Bradley to the south, Calhoun to the southwest and Dallas to the west. Six total zip codes cover the county and 71665 is the largest.

Cleveland County Clerk Information

The county courthouse address is:
Cleveland County Courthouse
20 Magnolia Street
Rison, AR 71665
(870) 325-6214

The County Clerk is Jimmy Cummings, who can be reached at 870-325-6902Her duties include:

  • Secretary to the Quorum Court
  • Secretary to the Equalization Board
  • Filing and recording County Court orders
  • Payroll
  • Accounts payable
  • Voter registration
  • Election records
  • Marriage licenses
  • Recording DBA Certifications (Doing business under an assumed name)
  • Provide birth and death certificate forms

    Jimmy Cummings is also the Circuit Court Clerk. The primary duties of the office revolve around filing, docketing, attending court, issuing of notices, records management, and reporting to the Administrative Office of the Courts. It is the responsibility of the Circuit Clerk to prepare a list of prospective jurors, docket cases of the respective courts, issue summonses, subpoenas, writs and warrants related to each case, attend court and swear witnesses. The Clerk maintains the records of the civil, criminal and Juvenile divisions of the Courts and prepares transcripts of proceedings under appeal. In addition, duties of the office in the capacity of Recorder include recording all deeds, mortgages, and conveyances of lands and buildings lying within the County, as well as maps and plats of newly laid out villages and all records from other counties concerning land sales or conveyance which affect title in the County. Other duties assigned the Recorder include the recording of powers of attorney, liens on real property, soldier’s discharges, leases, financing statements, performance bonds and public official bonds. The records of the Circuit Courts are the evidence of their official acts and, therefore, it is necessary that they be accurately recorded and well maintained.

    Cleveland County Records

    Donna Sims is the County Assessor and she can be reached by phone at 870-325-6695. The Assessor is responsible for the daily operations of the Assessor’s office. The duty of an Assessor is to discover, list and value property. The county assessor is to appraise and assess all real property between the first Monday of January and the first of July, and all personal property between the first Monday in January and the thirty-first of May (ACA 26-26-1408 and 26-26-1101).

    You may search titles and property information online at:

    Or you may search at the
    Cleveland County Circuit Court
    20 Magnolia Street
    Rison, AR 71665
    870-325-6521

    Cleveland, AR Genealogy and Ancestry Records
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
    Total Ancestries Reported 2005-20098,375
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-20091,185
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-20095
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-200913
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-200916
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-2009948
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-2009126
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-2009207
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-2009891
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-20091,390
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-200960
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-200921
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-200913
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-20099
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-2009208
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-2009126
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-200926
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-200910
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-20093,080
    Cleveland County Marriage License Office
    In order to obtain a marriage license in Cleveland County, the applicants must apply together, in person, at the County Clerk’s office. Both parties must present their state-issued picture ID, military ID, or passport, and know their social security number
    State Law:Marriage – Title 9, Ch. 11 and Premarital agreements – Title 9, Ch. 11, Subchapter 4
    All State Statutes: Information is online at the State Website
    Office:Cleveland County Marriage License
    Location:Court House, Rison, Arkansas, 71665
    Phone:870-325-6521

    Cleveland County Clerk’s Office
    County Government Office

    Address: Court House, Rison, AR 71665, United States

    Phone: 870-325-6521

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