Arkansas Genealogy Local Resources

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Genealogy records for Arkansas are created by organizations, private enterprise, and civil authorities. Archives, libraries, societies, and other local resources create indexes, post images to the internet, copy, and otherwise preserve these valuable records of our heritage.
Archives and
local resources

Records are being posted online at an amazing pace.
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Yet online records are a fraction of the records available through archives and the local resources listed below.

See also Arkansas Genealogy Websites


Archives for Arkansas include:

  • Worldcat archivegrid
    • Identify participating Arkansas Archives with contact information, search their collections
    • Select Arkansas
  • Arkansas History Commission (State Archives) Online collections include:
    • Military records:1911 Confederate Veterans Questionnaires, Confederate Pension Records, and World War I Discharge Records
    • Land Records 1853-1956 by the State Land Commissioner's Department
      • Searchable by name
      • Land Donation Applications, Swamp Land Applications, Swamp Land Patents, Proof of Internal Improvement Papers, Proof of Loss Documents, Forfeited Deeds, Relinquishment Papers, and other legal documents
  • The National Archives at Fort Worth (formerly known as "National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth)"
    • Has records created by federal agencies and courts in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.
    • Has microfilms of all available federal census records, many naturalization records, passenger arrival lists, military records, and other historical resources.
  • Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives is a branch of the Arkansas History Commission (State Archives). Its mission is to serve the twelve counties in southwest Arkansas formed from the original Hempstead County.


Most libraries have online catalogs and resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Illinois. Local libraries often have manuscript or published collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies.

Libraries located near state boundaries usually collect records relating to the adjacent states.

Library Directories

Significant Libraries

Major Online Library Catalogs

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Arkansas items
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select from the list of "Archives" topics.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library One of the largest collections for genealogy research. Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

As of July 2014 the Family History Centers in Arkansas are as follows:


In addition to artifacts that allow us to envision what life was like for our ancestors, museums often have records. They may have merchant ledgers with names of people and what they purchased, a doctor's log of patients, and any number of valuable items for research and interest.

Wikipedia List of museums in Arkansas

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