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Arkansas

Quick Facts

  • February 1914 – Arkansas began statewide registration of births and deaths.
  • 1917 Statewide registration of marriage began. Earlier records must be obtained from the respective county clerk where the license was issued, which is frequently the county of the bride’s residence.

Federal Census Records

Population Schedules

  • Indexed – 1830, 1840, 1850, 1870, 1880, 1900, 910,1920,1930, 1940
  • Soundex – 1880, 1900, 1910 (Miracode), 1920, 1930 ((You can find definition of Soundex at FamilySearch.org wiki at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Soundex).

Industry and Agriculture Schedules

  • 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880

Mortality Schedules

  • 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880

Slave Schedules

  • 1850, 1850

Territorial and State

  • 1810 Federal Territorial census records for settlements in Arkansas District of Hopefield (West Memphis), St. Francis and settlements along the Arkansas River were lost.
  • The 1820 federal territorial census included Miller County, which was organized that year by the Arkansas territorial government but actually was partially in Texas under Spanish control. This census was also lost.
  • Arkansas Territory sheriffs were directed to enumerate the citizens biennially beginning in 1823. Although these censuses were recorded in 1823, 1825, and 1827, only the 1823 schedule for Arkansas County remains of the three early enumerations. 
  • The 1829 sheriff’s census includes the name of the head of household, but only fragments remain. Those counties for which complete returns are available are Arkansas, Chicot, Clark, Conway, Crawford, Crittenden, Independence, Lawrence, Miller (old), St. Francis, and Washington. None are available for Pope or Sevier counties, and only the total number of inhabitants was submitted by the sheriffs of Hempstead, Izard, Lafayette, Phillips, and Pulasi counties. The extant 1823 and 1829 records have been published as Ronald Vern Jackson and Gary Ronald Teeples, eds., Arkansas Sheriff’s Censuses: 1823 & 1829 (Salt Lake City: Accelerated Indexing Systems, n.d.). 1

Arizona Counties Map

Arkansas Counties Map Attribute: By United States Census Bureau – US gov, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=937290.

Arkansas Resource Links

FamilySearch.org – Arkansas Online Genealogy Records
https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Arkansas_Online_Genealogy_Records

Access Genealogy – Arkansas Genealogy – Free Arkansas Genealogy
https://www.accessgenealogy.com/arkansas-genealogy

Ancestry.com – Arkansas – Data Collections
https://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Arkansas/Default.aspx

Arkansas Genealogy and History Guide
http://www.arkansasgenealogysearch.com/

Arkansas State Archives
http://archives.arkansas.gov/

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) – State of Arkansas Records Guide
https://www.raogk.org/arkansas/

University of Arkansas – Special Collections – Genealogy Resources
https://libraries.uark.edu/specialcollections/research/guides/genealogy.asp

Genealoger – Family History and Genealogy Services – Arkansas Genealogy Resources
https://www.genealoger.com/genealogy/states/arkansas.htm

  1. Third Edition Red Book, American State, County, and Town Sources, Edited by Alice Eichholz Ph.D., C.G., Ancestry Publishing,The Generations Network, Inc.1989, 1992, 2004.
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