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Arkansas


ALWAYS CHECK OUT THE U.S. GENWEB PROJECT.

1. choose your state link where you will find state wide resources, news, projects
2. each county has a web of its own - choose the county link

also go to the GenWeb Archives and choose a county.  The archives are transcriptions of records that people have transcribed or abstracted and donated for others to use.  If the county you are working in is spare, check out all its neighboring county pages as many times a very active site will include records from surrounding areas.




Sections Below
Archives, Libraries & Organizations
Census
Church Records
Geographic / Map Records
Guides
History
Immigration & Migration
Land & Property Records
Military
Native American
Newspaper
Vital Records (birth, marriage, death)

 


Archives & Libraries & Organizations
 
Arkansas at Ancestry - you have to have a paid subscription to see the records but this will show you what they have access to
Arkansas at Rootsweb
Arkansas Databases at Rootsweb
Arkansas History Commission Archives   digital and database collections - wonderful stuff to browse
Arkansas Library Catalogs Online
Arkansas Native American Research
Bill Couch's Original Arkansas Genweb
LDS Family History Catalog Search  (do a place search by state or county or town etc. to see what has been filmed)
Historical and Genealogical Societies of Arkansas from Society Hill
Northwest Arkansas Genealogical SocietySouthwest Arkansas Regional Archives [Counties of Benton, Carroll, Madison & Washington]
University of Arkansas Libraries  Arkansas Special Collections and online

Census - State & Territorial
1860 Census of the Creek Nation

Church
Geographic

1892 Map of Arkansas - very nicely defined county lines

Arkansas County Maps

Arkansas Maps: Perry Castaneda Library
Arkansas State Highway Dept. Maps

County Census Maps of Arkansas
Old Roads in Northern Arkansas
Rootsweb Town Search enter the town and it will tell you its present day county

Guides
History
documents, photographs, sound recordings, and video recordings
Arkansas Museum Guide
Arkansas Railroad Museum
CARAT - the Catalog of Arkansas Resources and Archival Treasures
Centennial History of Arkansas by Dallas Taylor Herndon, Southern Historical Press, 1922 [Google Books]
Hard Times: Arkansas Depression Era Photos from the Old State House Museum
History of Southwest Arkansas  Southern Arkansas University  - Calhoun, Clark, Columbia, Dallas, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, Ouachita, Pike, Sevier, Union counties, Arkansas
Pioneers and makers of Arkansas, Volume 1 by Josiah Hazen Shinn. Genealogical and Historical Pub., 1908 [Google Books]


Immigration & Migration

Migration Routes to the South Eastern Gulf Plains - Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, E. Texas, Louisiana and Florida


Land & Property

Arkansas Land Record database search from CARAT
Arkansas Land Records
database from Rootsweb to pre-1908 Homestead patents
Arkansas Land Research Directory
BLM Land Patent Search Bureau of Land Management database of original land patents

Military

Old Wars (pre Civil War)
1840 Census of Pensioners: Arkansas


Civil War

Arkansas Civil War Information
Arkansas Civil War Map of BattlesArkansas Civil War Sites (from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program) - lists the major battlefields, cemeteries etc. important to Arkansas Civil War history
Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865  - index at Family Search - actual records at Fold3 which may be viewed by subscription or at the local Family History Library
Arkansas Military Records Collection  from the Arkansas History Commission
Call of the Civil War - Arkansas Ties
Civil War in Arkansas from the Civil War Buff includes a searchable database so you can find out what happened in various counties during the war in Arkansas, Civil War stories about ancestors of current Arkansans

Soldier Records (specific)

Confederate:
Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865 - index at Family Search - actual records at Fold3 which may be viewed by subscription or at the local Family History Library
Arkansas Confederate Home Records database from CARAT
 

 
Native American

Arkansas Indian Tribes from Access Genealogy

Creek Nation:
1860 census of the Arkansas Creek Nation
 
Newspaper
Arkansas History Commission Newspaper Title Search will quickly tell you if they have a given newspaper filmed. They do not loan but do have a form for photocopy service at a small fee.
Arkansas State & Local Newspapers (University of Arkansas, Fort Smith)
History of the Arkansas Press will give insight into when newspapers existed in different places and what became of them etc.  The book was published in 1922 / digitized by Google Books.
Online Newspaper Database from Carat will tell you what newspaper was printed when

Vital Records

Birth & Christening
Arkansas Births & Christenings, 1880-1893 database from Family Search

Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957  from FamilySearch -images - only partially indexed so you have to browse by county
Arkansas, Marriage Index, 1933-1939 database from FamilySearch
Arkansas, Marriages, 1837-1944 database from FamilySearch
Arkansas Marriage Records from I Dream of Genealogy

Arkansas, Divorce Index, 1923-1939 database from FamilySearch

County Specific:
 
Pope County Marriages 1854-1860 from FamilySearch images


 Arkansas Deaths Page  is with the vital records resources

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