History: Arkansas was first settled in 1803, it became part of Missouri Territory in 1812, it became Arkansas Territory in 1819, and became a state in 1836. It was part of the Confederate states in the Civil War from 1861 to 1865.
Birth records: Some birth records were kept in Arkansas starting in 1881 with statewide registration starting in 1914 and full records being kept by the 1930s. Birth records from 1914 to the present can be obtained from the Arkansas Department of Health.
Marriage records: Marriage records were kept as early as 1820 by the county clerk, frequently in the county of the bride's residence. Statewide registration of marriages began in 1917. Marriage records from 1917 to the present can be obtained from the Arkansas Department of Health.
Death records: Deaths were recorded by the government of Arkansas starting in 1914. Death records from 1914 to the present can be obtained from the Arkansas Department of Health.
Divorce records: Divorce records were kept by the individual county chancery courts. Divorce records from 1923 to the present can be obtained from the Arkansas Department of Health.
Census records: The first federal census available for Arkansas is 1830. There are federal censuses publicly available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940, and 1950.
County records: Court, land, probate, naturalization, and tax records were kept by the individual counties.
Other records: The city pages on this site can help you to locate newspapers, records kept by churches, cemeteries, histories, school, city directories, and other records. Records specific to minority groups can be found in the Minority Records section.
All records: Use the links on this site to locate online indexes and images of many of the above records.