Arkansas Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963 .
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Arkansas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Death and Burials Index
Collection years 1882-1963
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Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City

What is in the Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1882 to 1929 and 1945 to 1963. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Collection Content

Coverage Table

A Coverage Table for this collection is available in the wiki article Arkansas Deaths and Burials, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Deaths and Burials Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Use this file to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

The table below will help you in identifying the locality, how many records there are, the film number, and the number of records indexed.

Locality Record type Record Description FHL microfilm number FHL microfilm Item # No. of records indexed
Carroll County Vital record Delayed death records, 1877-1958 1035339 Item 2 8
Dallas County Vital record Death records, 1918-1922 985125 Item 3 76
Franklin County Vital record Death records recorded with delayed birth records, 1936-1954 1027668 Item 4 5
Garland County Vital record Death records, 1895-1917 1011894 Items 3-4 10,043
Logan County Vital record Death records, 1914-1923 1027146 Items 4-5 321
Marion County Vital record Delayed death records, 1932-1954 1031115 Item 3 4
Nevada County Vital record Delayed death records, 1921-1932 1005257 Item 0 3
Searcy County Vital record Death records, 1919-1921 1031134 Item 1 131
Sebastian County Vital record Deaths records, 1881-1919 1034198 Items 3-4 12,818
Sebastian and Fort Smith counties Vital record City death records, 1945-1963; County death records, 1919-1929 1034199 Items 1-2, 4 15,541
Woodruff and Chicot counties Church record Death records, 1905-1950 1021422 Items 3-11 6

How Do I Search This Collection?

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in 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.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s death 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 death date or age along with the place of death to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
  • The name of the informant may be a relative. This can be helpful in identifying your ancestor.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; 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 of the deceased who may have died or been buried 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.

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

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, Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963." Database. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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 Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963.

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