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Arkansas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1819-1870210,599
U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820171,563
Arkansas Census, 184012,771
U.S., Census Records and Cherokee Muster Rolls, 1835-183856
Smocks in the censuses, 1790-184032
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U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-19573,554,066
Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950594,114
Arkansas, Marriage Index, 1933-1939421,079
Arkansas, Compiled Marriages from Select Counties, 1779-1992202,790
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U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-194754,293,029
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 194215,293,445
U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-18652,049,383
U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865837,569
Arkansas, Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929159,626
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Arkansas, Naturalization Records, 1907-19682,083
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Arkansas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1819-1870210,599
U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820171,563
Arkansas, Homestead and Cash Entry Patents, Pre-1908157,594
Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1818-1998120,822
Fort Smith, Arkansas, Criminal Case Files Index, 1866-190049,892
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Northeast Arkansas, Biographies and Historical Memoirs2,185
The winning of the West1,736
Western Arkansas, Biographies and Historical Memoirs1,533
Pictorial History of Arkansas Up to 18901,243
The Mississippi Valley, and prehistoric events787
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A Genealogical History

Arkansas in brief

Statehood:  15 June 1836
Capital: Little Rock
Largest City: Little Rock
Counties: 75
State motto:  Regnat Populus (The People Rule)
State nickname: The Natural State
Neighboring states: Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma
 


Maurice Bath House, Hot Springs, Ark., c. 1900

Interesting Facts

  • The first European to visit present-day Arkansas was Hernando de Soto in 1541, and the first permanent European settlement was Arkansas Post, settled in 1686.
  • Arkansas became part of the U.S. through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and achieved statehood in 1819. Arkansas Post was the first state capital, until 1821 when it was moved to Little Rock.
  • Before the arrival of Europeans, Arkansas was inhabited by Native American tribes including the Arkansa (Quapaw), Caddo, Choctaw, and Osage.
     

Featured Arkansas Data Collections

U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 194215,293,445
U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-194754,293,029
Arkansas Census, 184012,771
U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865837,569

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Arkansas Census Research

Arkansas was first included in the Federal census in 1830, and is included in all subsequent censuses. Territorial censuses taken in 1810 and 1820 are said to be lost, but the 1820 census has been reconstructed using tax returns and other sources. Sheriff’s censuses do exist for some areas, though are fragmented and in inconsistent formats. 

 

Arkansas Vital Records

Statewide registration of births and deaths in Arkansas began in February, 1914, but full compliance was not achieved for another thirty years.

  • : Holds birth and death certificates from February 1, 1914, as well as some limited earlier records for Little Rock and Fort Smith; marriage records from January 1917; and divorce records from January 1923. Earlier records may be available from the clerk of the county where the event was recorded.

 

Arkansas Research Resources

The organizations listed below provide information about Arkansas history and genealogy. In addition to these state-level resources, many counties and towns maintain important genealogical collections in local libraries, genealogical societies, or historical societies, so check for a local resource when researching.

  • : The extensive collections include census, military, land, newspaper, cemetery, and church records and a photograph collection. See the Research section for searchable indexes.
  • : The library is home to publications about Arkansas, it's history and people.
  • : Sponsors research trips and conferences, and publishes the quarterly journal The Arkansas Family Historian. The web site includes a useful set of links for researchers.
  • : Includes links to Arkansas county genealogy web sites.
  • : Contains links to Arizona genealogy resources, including state and county-level websites; societies and organizations; and personal and miscellaneous web sites related to Arkansas research.
  • : Although their focus is on history, the Association maintains a list of web sites for Arkansas genealogical and historical societies.
  • : Describes the resources available for family researchers at the archives in Little Rock.
  • Birmingham Public Library: The Library’s describes the resources available in the Southern History department, including local indexes and a list of surnames in the family files. The Library’s  also contain information of interest to genealogists, including digitized newspapers, yearbooks, and maps.
  • :  This NARA facility maintains records from Federal agencies and courts in Arkansas, including census, military, court, naturalization, and immigration records.
  • : The BLM administers Federal Land for public land states including Arkansas, and maintains records of land patents which granted land from the Federal Government to individuals. Use the Land Patent Search to locate land grants by name. Many record images are available on the web site. See the FAQ for more information on how to locate and use land patents.