Arkansas Archives and Libraries
Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Arkansas. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services that are helpful for genealogical research:
Arkansas History Commission (State Archives)
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 682-6900
Online collections include 1911 Confederate Veterans Questionnaires, Confederate Pension Records, Land Records, and World War I Discharge Records among others.
National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth)
501 West Felix Street, Building 1
Fort Worth, Texas 76115-3405
Phone: (817) 831-5620
Fax: (817) 551-2034
The National Archives—Southwest Region (Ft. Worth) has records created by federal agencies and courts in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. The archives has microfilms of all available federal census records, many naturalization records, passenger arrival lists, military records, and other historical resources. Learn more.
Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives
201 Highway 195 S
PO Box 134
Washington, Arkansas 71862
Phone: (870) 983-2633
Fax: (870) 983-2636
The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Arkansas Studies Institute
401 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 320-5700
The Arkansas Studies Institute is a joint project of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
University of Arkansas
365 N. MIlroy Ave.
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Phone: (479) 575-5577
The library houses the university archives and a manuscript collection and offers research assistance.
Family History Library
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints houses a collection of genealogical records that include names of more than three billion deceased people. It’s the largest collection of its kind in the world. Collections include digitized historical records, microfilms and microfiche, books, maps, and much more. Explore at FamilySearch.org.
Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy. You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. These local centers are staffed by volunteers and have varying hours and resources so call to verify their hours in advance.
- Little Rock Arkansas Family History Center
13901 Quail Run Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas
Arkansas Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 26374
Little Rock, Arkansas 72221
Arkansas Online Records
- Baker, Russell Pierce. Guide to Microfilmed County Records at the Arkansas History Commission. Alexander, Arkansas : Professional Genealogists of Arkansas, 1989. FHL book 976.7 A1 no. 140 At various libraries (WorldCat).
To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Arkansas counties, use the inventories of the county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. Copies of many of these inventories can be found in the Family History Library catalog with a place-name search using the name of the county and selecting the topic, "Archives and Archives and Libraries - Inventories, registers, catalogs."
You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Arkansas in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:
Arkansas History Commission - This site has a large number of both primary and secondary resources available for genealogical and historical research, and its collections are always growing. There are many indexes for County Records, Military Records, Land Records, Newspapers, and Death records found here.
ARGenWeb - a cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county and state.
CyndisList (AR) - a major portal linking to a variety of family history sites