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United States Arkansas
Guide to Arkansas genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records
- This article is about the southern U.S. state. For other uses, see Arkansas (disambiguation).
Welcome to the Arkansas page,
the Natural State
- AR marriage indexes exist since 1820
- No civil birth records in AR before 1881. In some counties none til 1914
- Fort Smith court had jurisdiction in Oklahoma Indian Territory until 1896
| How to Find Your |
| 1. Birth Information|
2. Marriage Information
3. Death Information
Major RepositoriesArkansas History Commission · Downtown Branch Central Arkansas Library System · Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives · University of Arkansas · National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth) · Dallas Public Central Library
Early Migration Routes
Arkansas River · Mississippi River · · Ouachita River · Red River · St. Francis River · White River · Butterfield Overland Mail · California Road · Great Osage Indian Trail Old Wire Road · Natchitoches Trace · Southwest Trail · Tombigbee and Arkansas River Trail · Trail of Tears · Frisco Railway · Texas and Pacific Railway
The best collection of published biographies in Arkansas is at the University of Arkansas Library. Also search the biographical sections of statewide, regional, and county histories for biographical information. In 1889 and 1890 the Goodspeed Publishing Company published a series of regional biographical encyclopedias. Most have recently been reprinted and are indexed. For further details see Arkansas Biography.
Did You Know?
Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Arkansas were the Baptist and Methodist Episcopal (now United Methodist). The Family History Library has many church records for Arkansas and several histories of local churches.
- Arkansas Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- The ARGenWeb Project provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.
- Looking 4 Kin Genealogy & Family History Network - Arkansas
- Family Tree Encyclopedia - Terminology & Meanings of Genealogical Terms
- How to order Arkansas Vital Records
- Researching Arkansas Census Records
- State of Arkansas County & City Government Court links
- Research in Arkansas Military Records
- Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps and Atlases
- Arkansas Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- Arkansas Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies
- History & Facts of Arkansas Counties
Online collections containing these records are located at FamilySearch.org
Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:
- Arkansas Confederate Pension Applicatons (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Arkansas Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Arkansas Marriage Index. 1933-1950 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Arkansas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Arkansas, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Arkansas Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Arkansas, Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Arkansas Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Arkansas, Second Registration Draft Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Arkansas, Sebastian County Births and Deaths; Including Fort Smith Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Writing and Sharing Your Family History
Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:
- It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
- It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
- It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
- It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
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Obtain Additional Help
- Call or chat with an experienced researcher
- Join a Facebook Group
- Consult a Professional Genealogist
Help with the Arkansas Wiki pages
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