Arkansas Church Records

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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in 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:

A Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations in the State of Arkansas. Little Rock: Historical Records Survey 1942. (Family History Library book 976.7 K24h; film 823676 item 6.)

Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Arkansas: Volume II, Church Archives. Little Rock: Historical Records Survey, 194-. (Family History LIbrary book 976.7 K2h; 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:

Baptist

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

Jacynda Ammons
OBU Box 3729
Arkadelphia, AR 71998
ammonsj@obu.edu
Telephone: 870-245-5332
website: http://www.obu.edu/library/baptistrecords.htm

Methodist

North Arkansas Conference Depository
Olin C. Bailey Library
Hendrix College
1600 Washington Street
Conway, AR 72032
Telephone: 501-336-9321
Fax: 501-336-9001
E-mail: arkmethodist@hendrix.edu
http://www.gcah.org/Conference/umac/arc.htm

Roman Catholic

THE DROUIN COLLECTION:

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.

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.

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 .

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.