Arkansas Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Arkansas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Death and Burials Index
Collection years 1882-1963
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What Is in This Collection?

This is an electronic index of deaths and burials 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.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

These records usually contain the following:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Burial date and place
  • Death date and place
  • Age
  • Birth date and place
  • Occupation
  • Race
  • Marital Status
  • Parents' names and birth places

Sample Record

Lydia Smith Arkansas Deaths and Burials
Name Lydia Smith
Gender Female
Burial Place Antioch Cemetery
Death Date 03 Apr 1916
Death Place Logan, Arkansas
Birth Date 03 Apr 1916
Birthplace Corley, Logan Co, Ark
Race White
Father's Name Omer Sanford Smith
Father's Birthplace Carley, Ark
Mother's Name Lydia Cowger
Mother's Birthplace Yell Co, Ark

Collection Contents

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 the Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The location or date of the event

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  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
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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.
  • In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation below in the Citing This Collection section. It's always a good idea to keep your citation on a Research Log. This is an important tool to help keep track of what you have and have not found. Family search wiki has a Example Research Log that you can download and use.
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I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

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

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  • Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
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Citing This Collection

A citation is a note that shows where you found information. Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Using citations allow others to find the same records. Below are the proper citations to use for this whole collection as well as for individual records.

Collection Citation:

"Arkansas, Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. 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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