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Statewide registration of births began in 1914 in Arkansas with general compliance by the mid-1930s.

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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.

  Records that give birth information:
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Bible Records
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Births from 1881 thru 1914

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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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.

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Births after 1913

Statewide registration of births began in 1914 in Arkansas. Currently, there are no online indexes to Arkansas births from 1914 to the present.

Obtain the Certificate

With full names, dates and places of an event, you can order a copy of the birth certificate for a fee from the Arkansas Department of Health or VitalChek.

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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