Arkansas, Sebastian County Births and Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Arkansas, Sebastian County Births and Deaths, 1877-1963 .
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Sebastian, Arkansas, United States
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Location of Sebastian County, Arkansas
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Deaths
Collection years 1877-1963
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1877 to 1963.

This collection consists of birth and death records from the Sebastian county clerk’s office in Fort Smith, Arkansas and the Fort Smith city clerk’s office. The records are generally handwritten on pre-printed pages.

County and city officials began keeping records from the time the county was formed and the city was incorporated.
Birth and death records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens, to safeguard their legal interests, and for public health reasons.

The birth and death records are usually reliable depending upon the reliability of the informant.

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Birth records usually include the following information:

  • Child’s name
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' ages
  • Birth place of parents
  • Occupations of parents
  • Number of other children in the family

Death records usually include the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Social Status (Married, divorced, single, widowed)
  • Occupation
  • Birth Place
  • Last Residence
  • How long in this state
  • Death place
  • Death date
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name
  • Cause of Death
  • Duration of illness
  • Burial place

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the the infant, or the deceased
  • The place where the birth or death occurred
  • The approximate date the event occurred

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Arkansas, Sebastian County Births and Deaths, 1877-1963" Database. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Sebastian County Clerk. Fort Smith Public Library, Fort Smith.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Arkansas, Sebastian County Births and Deaths, 1877-1963.

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