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Arkansas statewide registration of deaths began in 1914. Some Little Rock and Fort Smith records from 1881 are also available from the state. Public access to death records from Arkansas is restricted to deaths that occurred more than 50 years ago.

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Deaths before 1914

Arkansas statewide registration of deaths began in 1914, but compliance was not complete until the 1940s. Some Little Rock and Fort Smith records from 1881 are available at the Arkansas History Commission.

For deaths that exist during the time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

Arkansas Deaths Databases - Includes Index Only


An Electronic Index of Arkansas Deaths, 1819-1920 , Arkansas History Commission Free; The In Remembrance database provides information about family and historical figures from every area of the state, showing the name attached to the death record, the source in which to find the death record, and the record's date. Ongoing project - not complete.

Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963 at FamilySearch.org] Free; Name index to death and burial records from the state of Arkansas. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 10,447 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed.



Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information
  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Tax Records
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
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Deaths from 1914 to the present

Arkansas death records are open to the public for deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information

Arkansas Deaths Databases - Index Only


Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963 at FamilySearch.org Free; Name index to death and burial records from the state of Arkansas. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 10,447 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed.

Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950 at FamilySearch.org Free; Index of deaths from the Arkansas Division of Vital Records, Arkansas Department of Health. Index provided by Ancestry.com.
Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:


Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
Arkansas Department of Health Databases


Arkansas Department of Health - Death Certificate 1935-1961 Search and Order Service Free to search; $ to order certificate

Arkansas Department of Health Death Records 1914-present $ to request a search and order certificate



Social Security Death Index (SSDI)


1937 to present at Genealogy Bank Free; most current version; few records before 1962; gives place where the last benefit was sent
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You know the exact date of death

To Order Death Certificates
From County of Death From Alabama Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.

PART B: You don't know the exact date of death

If you do not know the exact date or place of death:
For a fee, the Alabama Department of Health office will conduct a search.

Individual counties will also search their records for deaths that occurred in their municipality.

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.

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