Top Genealogy Websites: Arkansas Genealogy Resources for Records

Are you researching your family roots in Arkansas? Here are some good resources for Arkansas genealogy information online—GenealogyBank and vital records put up by the state itself, as well as FamilySearch—to help with your family history research in “The Natural State.”

GenealogyBank has an extensive collection of Arkansas newspapers online from 1819 to Today.

Search Arkansas Newspaper Archives (1819 – 1999)

Search Arkansas Recent Obituaries (1999 – Current)

Discover a variety of genealogy records and news stories in these 23 Arkansas newspapers:

Search recent obituary records for your relatives in these 55 Arkansas newspapers:

    • Daily Siftings Herald (Arkadelphia, Arkansas) 3/15/2001 – Current
    • Weekly Vista (Bella Vista, Arkansas) 11/23/2011 – Current
    • Saline Courier (Benton, Arkansas) 5/8/2008 – Current
    • Benton County Daily Record (Bentonville, Arkansas) 1/1/2001 – Current
    • Booneville Democrat (Booneville, Arkansas) 10/23/2007 – Current
    • Cabot Star-Herald (Cabot, Arkansas) 10/20/2007 – Current
    • Camden News (Camden, Arkansas) 12/2/2011 – Current
    • Carlisle Independent (Carlisle, Arkansas) 6/6/2008 – Current
    • Charleston Express (Charleston, Arkansas) 6/3/2008 – Current
    • Van Buren County Democrat (Clinton, Arkansas) 1/26/2005 – Current
    • El Dorado News-Times (El Dorado, Arkansas) 1/4/2002 – Current
    • Washington County Enterprise-Leader (Farmington, Arkansas) 11/4/2009 – Current
    • NW Arkansas Times (Fayetteville, Arkansas) 1/2/2001 – Current
    • Whole Hog Sports (Fayetteville, Arkansas) 4/14/2007 – Current
    • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Northwest Edition (Fayetteville, Arkansas) 11/18/2011 – Current
    • NWAOnline: Web Edition Articles (Fayetteville, Arkansas) 7/28/2009 – Current
    • Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, Arkansas) 10/13/2007 – Current
    • Westside Eagle Observer (Gravette, Arkansas) 8/4/2010 – Current
    • Greenwood Democrat (Greenwood, Arkansas) 6/3/2008 – Current
    • Sun Times (Heber Springs, Arkansas) 11/13/2009 – Current
    • Daily World (Helena & West Helena, Arkansas) 2/9/2001 – Current
    • Hope Star (Hope, Arkansas) 10/20/2008 – Current
    • Hot Springs Village Voice (Hot Springs, Arkansas) 9/3/2008 – Current
    • Sentinel-Record (Hot Springs, Arkansas) 3/1/2002 – Current
    • Jacksonville Patriot (Jacksonville, Arkansas) 4/18/2007 – Current
    • Jonesboro Sun (Jonesboro, Arkansas) 8/25/1999 – Current
    • Arkansas Times (Little Rock, Arkansas) 7/7/2005 – Current
    • ARPreps (Little Rock, Arkansas) 5/28/2011 – Current
    • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Web Edition Articles (Little Rock, Arkansas) 3/30/2007 – Current
    • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, Arkansas) 10/30/2011 – Current
    • Arkansas Times: Blogs (Little Rock, Arkansas) 4/12/2006 – Current
    • Lonoke Democrat (Lonoke, Arkansas) 3/21/2007 – Current
    • Banner-News (Magnolia, Arkansas) 11/19/2011 – Current
    • Malvern Daily Record (Malvern, Arkansas) 8/1/2008 – Current
    • Maumelle Monitor (Maumelle, Arkansas) 10/17/2007 – Current
    • Newport Independent (Newport, Arkansas) 1/25/2002 – Current
    • Times (North Little Rock, Arkansas) 10/12/2007 – Current
    • Paragould Daily Press (Paragould, Arkansas) 7/11/2002 – Current
    • Paris Express (Paris, Arkansas) 6/3/2008 – Current
    • Times of Northeast Benton County (Pea Ridge, Arkansas) 10/5/2005 – Current
    • Pine Bluff Commercial (Pine Bluff, Arkansas) 10/11/2007 – Current
    • Nevada County Picayune (Prescott, Arkansas) 10/5/2009 – Current
    • Gurdon Times (Prescott, Arkansas) 12/17/2009 – Current
    • Rogers Morning News (Rogers, Arkansas) 10/26/2009 – Current
    • Courier (Russellville, Arkansas) 8/20/2008 – Current
    • Daily Citizen (Searcy, Arkansas) 8/26/2003 – Current
    • Sherwood Voice (Sherwood, Arkansas) 6/5/2008 – Current
    • Siloam Springs Herald-Leader (Siloam Springs, Arkansas) 12/28/2005 – Current
    • Springdale Morning News (Springdale, Arkansas) 10/26/2009 – Current
    • Morning News of Northwest Arkansas (Springdale & Rogers, Arkansas) 10/23/2007 – Current
    • Stuttgart Daily Leader (Stuttgart, Arkansas) 3/15/2001 – Current
    • Alma Journal (Van Buren, Arkansas) 6/25/2008 – Current
    • Press Argus Courier (Van Buren, Arkansas) 10/22/2007 – Current
    • White Hall Journal (White Hall, Arkansas) 9/30/2009 – Current
    • White Hall Progress (White Hall, Arkansas) 11/8/2007 – Current

Click on the image below to download a printable list of the Arkansas newspapers in GenealogyBank for your future reference. You can save to your desktop and click the titles to go directly to your newspaper of interest.

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In addition to all the vital records you can find in newspapers, there are several collections of Arkansas vital records online to help with your family history research.

Some of the important collections you want to use are:

Arkansas Probate Records (1817-1979)

photo of Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979, from FamilySearch.org
Credit: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979, FamilySearch.org

As you can see from the above example, this is a collection of digital copies of the original county probate records.

Currently this collection has 940,000 digital wills and probate papers from the following counties (click on the county name to see the probate record):

Arkansas History Commission: Arkansas Deaths (1819-1920)

The Arkansas History Commission has undertaken an important effort to index multiple sources that give the date of death for Arkansas residents from 1819-1920. They have indexed county death registers, census mortality schedules, obituary indexes, funeral home registers, Confederate pension registers and similar sources.

photo of the online death index provided by the Arkansas History Commission
Credit: Arkansas History Commission

Arkansas County Marriage Records (1837-1957)

This important online collection has more than 1 million digital copies of Arkansas marriage records online. These records were indexed by FamilySearch and the Arkansas Genealogical Society.

photo of the online index for Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957, provided by FamilySearch.org
Credit: Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957, FamilySearch.org

It’s a great day for genealogy!

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