Arkansas Genealogy

This guide contains a sample of The Newberry’s resources on this topic. To locate additional resources, please check our catalog or consult a reference librarian.

Local Histories, Local Records

Allen, Desmond W. Arkansas death record index. Conway, Ark.: Arkansas Research, 1996-1997. 3 volumes on the 2nd floor open shelf covering: 1914- 1923 (Call # Local History Ref F410.A553), 1924-1933 (F410.A555), and 1934-1940 (F410.A554).

Allen, Desmond W. Arkansas land patents granted through 30 June 1908. Conway, Ark.: Arkansas Research, 1991. 57 volumes. Call # folio F410.A45. Consult catalog for county by county volume contents.

Arkansas family historian. The quarterly of the Arkansas Genealogical Society. Volumes 1-31 (1962- 1993) on microfiche. Call # Microfiche 2820. Thereafter available in hard copy. Call # folio F410.A7. See also: Cemetery inscriptions published in thirty years of the Arkansas Family Historian. Call # folio F410.C45 1992.

Military

Allen, Desmond W. Index to Arkansas Confederate soldiers. Conway, Ark.: Arkansas Research, 1990. 3 volumes. Call # Local History Ref E553.3.A44 (2nd floor open shelf). See also Frances T. Ingmire’s Arkansas Confederate veterans and widows pensions applications. Call # Local History Ref F410.I53 (2nd floor open shelf).

Allen, Desmond W. Arkansas’ damned Yankees: An Index to Union soldiers in Arkansas regiments. Conway, Ark.: Arkansas Research, 1987. Call # Local History Ref F410.A44 (2nd floor open shelf). See also Allen’s Arkansas Union solders pension application index Call # Local History Ref F410.A46 (2nd floor open shelf)

Arkansas. Adjutant General. Report. Washington, D.C., 1867. Call # U1881.O4 (also Microfiche 3405). Rosters of white Federal regiments only.

Census

Microfilm holdings complete 1830-1880, plus 1880 soundex index. Published indexes 1830-1870. Partial transcription of 1880 mortality schedules shelved with census indexes.

Special Topic: African-American Research

See also the African American Genealogy guide. The following Freedmen’s Bureau records may be especially useful for research during the period immediately following the Civil War.

Freedmen’s Bureau Assistant Commissioner’s Records. Call # Microfilm 715. Reels 35-44 contain labor contracts arranged by year and there under by employer surname.

Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records. 21 reels. Call # Microfilm 1171. Consult the description of these records in volume 1 of the Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Field Offices of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, Call # Local History Ref E185.2.U56 1973 (2nd floor open shelf), as well as the catalog record, to determine which reels might be useful for you.

Freedmen’s Bureau Claims Division Records. 6 reels. Call # Microfilm 1170. Records of claims by United States Colored Troops veterans and widows for backpay and bounty.

Those with ancestry in and around Little Rock after the Civil War may also want to consult reel 3 of the Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Signature Books (Call # Microfilm 709). For a description of these records see the African American Genealogical Sourcebook (Call # Local History Ref E185.96.A444 (2nd floor open shelf), pp. 59-62.