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Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths records. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Arkansas Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Arkansas Statewide Indexes and Collections at the Family History Library.

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Marriage Records  Death/Will Records
Early - 1825 1808 - 1870
1800 - 1969 1908 - 1959
1809 - 1920

1962 - Present

Arkansas Birth, Marriage, and Death Records Online[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Arkansas Vital Records. Check Arkansas Vital Records Online for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for Arkansas Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Arkansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records[edit | edit source]

Arkansas Vital Records Online Links[edit | edit source]

Introduction to Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Minorities[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Early -1914[edit | edit source]

1914 - Present[edit | edit source]

Arkansas began recording births and deaths on a statewide basis in February 1914. Some Little Rock and Fort Smith records from 1881 are also available from the state. Delayed registrations of births are available since 1914. For copies of state records write to:

Division of Vital Records
Arkansas Department of Health
Slot #44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867
Phone: 501-661-2174
Website: Arkansas births, deaths, marriages and divorces on record

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at and at the Division of Vital Records website.

The vital records cannot be examined by the public. The Division of Vital Records will issue copies only to a family member or the individual named on the record unless the information is going to be used for family history. You must specifically state the purpose for which the certificate will be used.

Earlier birth and death records were kept in each county, although records prior to 1914 are sparse. You can obtain copies by contacting the appropriate county clerk's office.

The Family History Library has copies of birth, delayed birth, death, and funeral home records for a few counties, such as the records of Sebastian County births, 1877 to 1913, and deaths, 1881 to 1929. [1]

Adoption Records[edit | edit source]

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Early - 1917[edit | edit source]

1917-Present[edit | edit source]

Marriage records dating from the creation of each county are available from the county clerk's office in the county where the license was issued. Some counties in the state have two courthouses where the documents could have been filed. The state office has marriage records since 1917 and indexes to marriages from 1820 to the present.

The Family History Library has microfilmed copies of the county marriage records to about the 1920s.

Arkansas County Marriages 1837-1957 are available online at Record Search

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Arkansas Statewide County Marriages

Divorce Records[edit | edit source]

Certified copies of divorce records are available from the clerk of the circuit or chancery court in the county where the divorce was granted. In addition, the Division of Vital Records has divorce records filed since 1923.

Death Records[edit | edit source]

Early - 1914[edit | edit source]

1914 - Present[edit | edit source]

Inventory of Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Further information on the history and availability of Arkansas vital records is in Guide to Vital Statistic Records in Arkansas. [2]

Local Records
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Some vital records are available for Little Rock and Fort Smith. Contact: Arkansas History Commission.  When requesting copies state the purpose and your relationship.

Arkansas History Commission, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201

Substitute Records[edit | edit source]

Lost or Missing Records[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

Archives, Libraries & Societies[edit | edit source]

Arkansas Archives and Libraries

Arkansas Societies

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Family History Library films 1034198-99.
  2. Little Rock: Arkansas Historical Survey, 1942. (Volume 2:  Family History Library book 976.7 K2h; films 873998 Item 2 and 1697373 Item 5