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Statewide registration of births began in 1914 in Arkansas with general compliance by the mid-1930s.
Next Step: When did the birth occur?
Births before 1881
Before 1881, no births were recorded by the county or state. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.
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Births from 1881 thru 1913
In 1881, some Arkansas counties and cities, such as Little Rock and Fort Smith, began recording births. If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in other records.
For births that exist during the time period, try the following database:
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|Arkansas Births, 1812-1965||FamilySearch - Free; incomplete; index only; although a few of the entries are for births before 1881 and after 1913, the majority of the entries are for 1881-1913.|
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|No birth record for your ancestor?||Other records with birth information|
Obtain the Record
With approximate birth years and places, you can locate birth records by contacting the appropriate county clerk's office, or on microfilm available through the Family History Library Catalog by searching ARKANSAS [COUNTY] VITAL RECORDS.
Births after 1913
Statewide registration of births began in 1914 in Arkansas with general compliance by the mid-1930s. Currently, there are no complete online indexes to Arkansas births from 1914 to the present. A few entries for births between 1914 and 1965 are indexed in the database Arkansas Births, 1812-1965 at FamilySearch.org.
Obtain the Certificate
Restrictions for persons born within the last 100 years:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 100 years, you must be:
- The person on the certificate
- Specific relatives
- Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
- NOTE: A copy of the birth certificate cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 100 years have passed from the date of the birth.
If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.
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