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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[Portal:Arkansas|Arkansas]] were the Baptist and Methodist Episcopal (now United Methodist). The Family History Library has many church records for Arkansas and several histories of local churches. The following directories may help you locate other church records:
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''A Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations in the State of Arkansas''. Little Rock: Historical Records Survey 1942. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=64457&disp=A+Directory+of+churches+and+religious+or%20%20&columns=*,0,0 976.7 K24h]; film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=64457&disp=A+Directory+of+churches+and+religious+or++ 823676] item 6.)
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{{Adoption ARGenWeb}} Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[Arkansas|Arkansas]] were the [[Baptist Church in the United States|Baptist]] and [[Methodist Church in the United States|Methodist Episcopal]] (now United Methodist).<ref>Sydney E. Ahlstrom, ''A Religious History of the American People'' (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). {{FHL|282712|item|disp=FHL Book 973 K2ah}}.</ref>
  
''Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Arkansas: Volume II, Church Archives''. Little Rock: Historical Records Survey, 194-. (Family History LIbrary&nbsp;book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=976.7+K2h 976.7 K2h]; film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&filmno=873998 873998] item 2.)<br><br>
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The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has many church records for Arkansas and several histories of local churches. The following directories may help you locate other church records:
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*''A Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations in the State of Arkansas''. Little Rock: Historical Records Survey 1942. {{FHL|64457|item|disp=FHL Book 976.7 K24h, Film 823676 item 6}}.
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*''Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Arkansas: Volume II, Church Archives''. Little Rock: Historical Records Survey, 194-. {{FHL|10|item|disp=FHL Book 976.7 K2h}} and {{FHL|10|item|disp=FHL film 873998 item 2}}.
  
 
Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where the records are located:  
 
Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where the records are located:  
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=== Baptist  ===
 
=== Baptist  ===
  
Arkansas Baptist State Convention Collection<br>Riley Library<br>Ouachita Baptist University<br>410 Ouachita<br>Arkedelphia, AR 71998<br>Telephone: 870-245-5000<br>Fax: 870-245-5500  
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Arkansas Baptist State Convention Collection<br>Riley Library<br>Ouachita Baptist University<br>410 Ouachita<br>Arkedelphia, AR 71998<br>Phone: (870) 245-5000<br>Fax: (870) 245-5500  
  
Jacynda Ammons <br>OBU Box 3729<br>Arkadelphia, AR 71998<br>[mailto:ammonsj@obu.edu ammonsj@obu.edu]<br>Telephone: 870-245-5332 <br>website: http://www.obu.edu/library/baptistrecords.htm
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Jacynda Ammons<br>OBU Box 3729<br>Arkadelphia, AR 71998<br>Phone: (870) 245-5332<br>E-mail: [mailto:ammonsj@obu.edu ammonsj@obu.edu]  
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=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
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Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for&nbsp;Arkansas Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog]. Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. {{FHL|129780|item|disp=FHL book 979.2258 A3j}} and {{FHL|129780|item|disp=FHL fiche 6031507}}. These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.
  
 
=== Methodist  ===
 
=== Methodist  ===
  
North Arkansas Conference Depository<br>Olin C. Bailey Library<br>Hendrix College<br>1600 Washington Street<br>Conway, AR 72032<br>Telephone: 501-336-9321<br>Fax: 501-336-9001<br>'''E-mail:''' [mailto:arkmethodist@hendrix.edu arkmethodist@hendrix.edu]<br>htt[http://www.gcah.org/Conference/umac/arc.htm p://www.gcah.org/Conference/umac/arc.htm]  
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[http://www.gcah.org/site/c.ghKJI0PHIoE/b.2858857/k.BF4D/Home.htm North Arkansas Conference Depository]<br>Olin C. Bailey Library<br>Hendrix College<br>1600 Washington Street<br>Conway, AR 72032<br>Phone: (501) 336-9321<br>Fax: (501) 336-9001<br>E-mail: [mailto:arkmethodist@hendrix.edu arkmethodist@hendrix.edu]  
  
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
  
THE DROUIN COLLECTION:  
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[http://www.dolr.org/offices/chancery/sacramentalrecordinformation.php Diocese of Little Rock]<br>2500 N. Tyler St.<br>Little Rock, AR 72207<br>Phone: (501) 664-0340
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Arkansas County, Arkansas|Arkansas]], [[Ashley County, Arkansas|Ashley]], [[Baxter County, Arkansas|Baxter]], [[Benton County, Arkansas|Benton]], [[Boone County, Arkansas|Boone]], [[Bradley County, Arkansas|Bradley]], [[Calhoun County, Arkansas|Calhoun]], [[Carroll County, Arkansas|Carroll]], [[Chicot County, Arkansas|Chicot]], [[Clark County, Arkansas|Clark]], [[Clay County, Arkansas|Clay]], [[Cleburne County, Arkansas|Cleburne]], [[Cleveland County, Arkansas|Cleveland]], [[Columbia County, Arkansas|Columbia]], [[Conway County, Arkansas|Conway]], [[Craighead County, Arkansas|Craighead]], [[Crawford County, Arkansas|Crawford]], [[Crittenden County, Arkansas|Crittenden]], [[Cross County, Arkansas|Cross]], [[Dallas County, Arkansas|Dallas]], [[Desha County, Arkansas|Desha]], [[Drew County, Arkansas|Drew]], [[Faulkner County, Arkansas|Faulkner]], [[Franklin County, Arkansas|Franklin]], [[Fulton County, Arkansas|Fulton]], [[Garland County, Arkansas|Garland]], [[Grant County, Arkansas|Grant]], [[Greene County, Arkansas|Greene]], [[Hempstead County, Arkansas|Hempstead]], [[Hot Spring County, Arkansas|Hot Spring]], [[Howard County, Arkansas|Howard]], [[Independence County, Arkansas|Independence]], [[Izard County, Arkansas|Izard]], [[Jackson County, Arkansas|Jackson]], [[Jefferson County, Arkansas|Jefferson]], [[Johnson County, Arkansas|Johnson]], [[Lafayette County, Arkansas|Lafayette]], [[Lawrence County, Arkansas|Lawrence]], [[Lee County, Arkansas|Lee]], [[Lincoln County, Arkansas|Lincoln]], [[Little River County, Arkansas|Little River]], [[Logan County, Arkansas|Logan]], [[Lonoke County, Arkansas|Lonoke]], [[Madison County, Arkansas|Madison]], [[Marion County, Arkansas|Marion]], [[Miller County, Arkansas|Miller]], [[Mississippi County, Arkansas|Mississippi]], [[Monroe County, Arkansas|Monroe]], [[Montgomery County, Arkansas|Montgomery]], [[Nevada County, Arkansas|Nevada]], [[Newton County, Arkansas|Newton]], [[Ouachita County, Arkansas|Ouachita]], [[Perry County, Arkansas|Perry]], [[Phillips County, Arkansas|Phillips]], [[Pike County, Arkansas|Pike]], [[Poinsett County, Arkansas|Poinsett]], [[Polk County, Arkansas|Polk]], [[Pope County, Arkansas|Pope]], [[Prairie County, Arkansas|Prairie]], [[Pulaski County, Arkansas|Pulaski]], [[Randolph County, Arkansas|Randolph]], [[Saline County, Arkansas|Saline]], [[Scott County, Arkansas|Scott]], [[Searcy County, Arkansas|Searcy]], [[Sevier County, Arkansas|Sevier]], [[Sharp County, Arkansas|Sharp]], [[St. Francis County, Arkansas|St. Francis]], [[Stone County, Arkansas|Stone]], [[Sebastian County, Arkansas|Sebastian]], [[Union County, Arkansas|Union]], [[Van Buren County, Arkansas|Van Buren]], [[Washington County, Arkansas|Washington]], [[White County, Arkansas|White]], [[Woodruff County, Arkansas|Woodruff]] and [[Yell County, Arkansas|Yell]].<ref name="rome">[http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/connections/dioceseusmap.htm Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America], Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.</ref>
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'''The Drouin Collection'''<br><br> [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1111 Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954] ($) (Ancestry). This database contains French Catholic parish records from the United States in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is the U.S. part of the U.S. and French-Canadian Drouin Collection. For more details see [[The Drouin Collection: Six databases|"The Drouin Collection: Six Databases."]]
  
Drouin Collection 1621-1967 at Ancestry.ca. When searching these databases, be creative in the spellings as well as the various focuses in searching for an ancestor. The French language has many possible spellings for a name, as well as there are errors in the indexing.  
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The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.  
  
This French-Canadian collection has over 15 million genealogical and vital records entries; they were microfilmed by the Institut Généalogique Drouin. In Quebec, under the French Regime, there were two sets of records kept: a copy for the civil government archives and a copy for the ecclesiastical church archives. The Drouin collection is a civil copy of these entries. Please note that the cutoff date of this collection is in the early 1940s; only a small percentage of entries were covered from 1948 to 1967.
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== References  ==
  
This collection is divided into six databases: 1. Quebec Vital and Church Records, 1621-1967 2. Ontario French Catholic Church Records, 1747-1967, 3. Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954, 4. Acadia French Catholic Church Records, 1670-1946, 5. Quebec Notarial Records, 1647-1942, and 6. Miscellaneous French Records, 1651-1941. For details about these six databases, see "The Drouin Collection: Six Databases" at https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/The_Drouin_Collection:_Six_databases .
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Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954: This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States; in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.
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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Arkansas were the Baptist and Methodist Episcopal (now United Methodist).[1]

The Family History Library has many church records for Arkansas and several histories of local churches. The following directories may help you locate other church records:

Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where the records are located:

Baptist

Arkansas Baptist State Convention Collection
Riley Library
Ouachita Baptist University
410 Ouachita
Arkedelphia, AR 71998
Phone: (870) 245-5000
Fax: (870) 245-5500

Jacynda Ammons
OBU Box 3729
Arkadelphia, AR 71998
Phone: (870) 245-5332
E-mail: ammonsj@obu.edu

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Arkansas Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the Family History Library Catalog. Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. FHL book 979.2258 A3j and FHL fiche 6031507. These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Methodist

North Arkansas Conference Depository
Olin C. Bailey Library
Hendrix College
1600 Washington Street
Conway, AR 72032
Phone: (501) 336-9321
Fax: (501) 336-9001
E-mail: arkmethodist@hendrix.edu

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Little Rock
2500 N. Tyler St.
Little Rock, AR 72207
Phone: (501) 664-0340

The diocese includes the counties of: Arkansas, Ashley, Baxter, Benton, Boone, Bradley, Calhoun, Carroll, Chicot, Clark, Clay, Cleburne, Cleveland, Columbia, Conway, Craighead, Crawford, Crittenden, Cross, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Grant, Greene, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Little River, Logan, Lonoke, Madison, Marion, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Phillips, Pike, Poinsett, Polk, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Scott, Searcy, Sevier, Sharp, St. Francis, Stone, Sebastian, Union, Van Buren, Washington, White, Woodruff and Yell.[2]

The Drouin Collection

Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954 ($) (Ancestry). This database contains French Catholic parish records from the United States in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is the U.S. part of the U.S. and French-Canadian Drouin Collection. For more details see "The Drouin Collection: Six Databases."

The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.

References

  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL Book 973 K2ah.
  2. Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.