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=== Welcome to Arkansas, The Natural State  ===
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}}<div style="padding-left: 1px; width: 74%; float: left"><center>''[[United States|United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]&nbsp; [[Arkansas]]''</center><br>{{TitleStyle1}}Welcome to the Arkansas page,<br>the Natural State{{/p}} [[Image:{{CouJaipic}}]]  
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<br> <br> '''''Most unique genealogical features:'''''
  
The word Arkansas originates from an Quapaw Indian word meaning 'South Wind."
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*[[Arkansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records#Marriage_Records|AR marriage indexes]] exist since 1820
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*No [[Arkansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records|civil birth records]] in AR before 1881. In some counties none til 1914
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*Fort Smith [[Arkansas Court Records|court]] had jurisdiction in Oklahoma Indian Territory until 1896
  
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{{Adoption ARGenWeb}} 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. Those available at the Family History Library include: [[Arkansas Biography|Read more...]]
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== Did You Know?  ==
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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. The following directories may help you locate other church records:
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== Counties  ==
 
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Extinct or Renamed Counties: <br>[[Clayton County, Arkansas|Clayton]] | [[Dorsey County, Arkansas|Dorsey]] | [[Lovely County, Arkansas|Lovely]] | [[Miller (Old) County, Arkansas|Miller (Old)]] | [[Sarber County, Arkansas|Sarber]]  
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'''Extinct or Renamed Counties:&nbsp;''' [[Clayton County, Arkansas|Clayton]] | [[Dorsey County, Arkansas|Dorsey]] | [[Lovely County, Arkansas|Lovely]] | [[Miller (Old) County, Arkansas|Miller (Old)]] | [[Sarber County, Arkansas|Sarber]]
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'''Click''' on the map below to go to a county page. '''Hover''' over a county to see its name. To see a '''larger''' version of the map, [[Arkansas Counties Map|click here]]. {{ARimagemap2}}
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=== Major Repositories  ===
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[[Image:{{BuffNatlRivpic}}]] [[Arkansas 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]]
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=== Early Migration Routes  ===
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Arkansas River{{·}} Mississippi River{{·}} Ouachita River{{·}} Red River{{·}} St. Francis River{{·}} White River{{·}} [[Butterfield Overland Mail]]{{·}} [[California Road]]{{·}} [[Great Osage Indian Trail]] or Old Wire Road{{·}} [[Natchitoches Trace]]{{·}} [[Southwest Road]]{{·}} [[Tombigbee and Arkansas River Trail]]{{·}} [[Trail of Tears]]{{·}} [[Frisco Railway]]{{·}} [[Texas and Pacific Railway]]
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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]].
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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. [[Image:Arkansas.png|right|200px|Arkansas.png]]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net// 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.
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*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/arkansasgenealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - Arkansas]
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An online collections containing this record is located in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1837922 familysearch.org]
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*[[Arkansas, Confederate Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Arkansas Confederate Pension Applicatons (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Arkansas Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Arkansas Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Arkansas Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Arkansas Marriage Index. 1933-1950 (FamiySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Arkansas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Arkansas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Arkansas, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Arkansas, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Arkansas Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Arkansas Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Arkansas, Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Collection)|Arkansas, Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Arkansas Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Arkansas Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Arkansas, Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948-1959 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Arkansas, Second Registration Draft Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Arkansas, Sebastian County Births and Deaths; Including Fort Smith Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Arkansas, Sebastian County Births and Deaths; Including Fort Smith Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
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=== Writing and Sharing Your Family History ===
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Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:<br>
  
*Find which county a town is in, what town a cemetery is in, even where a postoffice or building is by using the United States Geographical Survey's [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic Geographical Names Information System].  
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*It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.  
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/Arkansas/ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.  
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*It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.  
*[http://www.argenweb.net// The ARGenWeb Project] has a wealth of information and is a part of the larger [[USGenWeb|USGenWeb Project]]. [http://www.usgenweb.org/ The USGenWeb Project] provides internet information on every county in every state in the United States.  
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*It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.  
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/Arkansas.pdf BYU Research Outline for Arkansas]
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*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.<br>
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:See also:
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:*[[Create a Family History]]
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:*[[A Guide to Printing Your Family History]]
  
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*[[African-American Resources for Arkansas|African-Americans]]
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*[[Indians of Arkansas|American Indians]]
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*[[Arkansas Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[Arkansas Bible Records|Bible Records]]
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*[[Arkansas Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[Arkansas Census|Census]]
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*[[Arkansas Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Arkansas Court Records|Court Records]]
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*[[Arkansas Directories|Directories]]
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*[[Arkansas Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[[Arkansas Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
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*[[Arkansas History|History]]
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*[[Hotel Guest Lists United States|Hotel Guest Lists]]
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*[[Arkansas Land and Property|Land and Property]]
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*[[Arkansas Maps|Maps]]
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*[[Arkansas Military Records|Military Records]]
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*[[Arkansas Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
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*[[Arkansas Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[United States Occupations Railway Workers|Occupations]]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Arkansas Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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*[[Arkansas Taxation|Taxation]]
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*[[Arkansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records|Vital Records]]
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*[[Arkansas State-wide Websites|Websites]]
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Welcome to the Arkansas page,
the Natural State

Old U.S. District Court (and jail) for the Western District of Arkansas at Fort Smith.



Most unique genealogical features:



Counties

Extinct or Renamed Counties:  Clayton | Dorsey | Lovely | Miller (Old) | Sarber

Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.
Benton CountyCarroll CountyBoone CountyMarion CountyBaxter CountyFulton CountyRandolph CountyClay CountyWashington CountyMadison CountyNewton CountySearcy CountyStone CountyIzard CountySharp CountyLawrence CountyGreene CountyCrawford CountyFranklin CountyJohnson CountyPope CountyVan Buren CountyCleburne CountyIndependence CountyJackson CountyCraighead CountyPoinsett CountyMississippi CountySebastian CountyLogan CountyConway CountyFaulkner CountyWhite CountyWoodruff CountyCross CountyCrittenden CountySt. Francis CountyScott CountyYell CountyPerry CountyPulaski CountyLonoke CountyPrairie CountyMonroe CountyLee CountyPhillips CountyDesha CountyChicot CountyPolk CountyMontgomery CountyGarland CountySaline CountySevier CountyLittle River CountyMiller CountyHoward CountyPike CountyHempstead CountyLafayette CountyArkansas CountyHot Spring CountyGrant CountyJefferson CountyClark CountyNevada CountyColumbia CountyDallas CountyCleveland CountyLincoln CountyOuachita CountyCalhoun CountyBradley CountyDrew CountyAshley CountyUnion CountyArkansas-county-map.gif

Major Repositories

Early morning on the Buffalo National River, Arkansas.
Arkansas 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 or Old Wire Road · Natchitoches Trace · Southwest Road · Tombigbee and Arkansas River Trail · Trail of Tears · Frisco Railway · Texas and Pacific Railway

Featured Content

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.png

Research Tools

An online collections containing this record is located in familysearch.org

A wiki article describing this collections is found at:


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.
See also:

Things you can do

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In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:


Wiki Volunteers Wanted

To add your knowledge and help expand the wiki click here: