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

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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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Sebastian County Clerk


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes birth and death records from the Sebastian county clerk’s office in Fort Smith, Arkansas and the Fort Smith city clerk’s office, for the years 1877 to 1963. 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 these RecordsTell 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 at least some of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date the birth or death occurred.
  • The place where the birth or death occurred.
  • The names of the parents or other known relatives.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

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What Do I Do Next?

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as marriage, census, church, land and death records.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • Use the information to establish a migration pattern and find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Arkansas, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Arkansas Archives and Libraries.

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. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. 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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