Arkansas Research Guide Digital Download


Trace your Arkansas ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide!

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You’ll love this if:


  • You’re getting started tracing your ancestors in Arkansas
  • You want new ideas and resources to get past a Arkansas brick wall
  • Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Arkansas—you don’t need the full State Research Guides collection

Trace your Arkansas ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:

  • a how-to article detailing Arkansas’ history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
  • the best websites, books and other resources for Arkansas research, handpicked by our editors and experts
  • listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
  • timeline of key events in the state’s history
  • full-color map to put your research in geographical context

Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Arkansas guide:

  • In 1686, Frenchman Henri de Tonti founded Arkansas Post, the state’s first permanent white settlement. France and Spain took turns occupying Arkansas until 1803, when the United States acquired it in the Louisiana Purchase.
  • Various government records can help you determine when and where in the state your ancestors lived. Find 18th century French and Spanish records in Arkansas Colonials, 1686-1804 by Morris S. Arnold and Dorothy Jones Core (DeWitt Publishing Co.), available at major genealogical libraries.
  • Search an index to Confederate pension records at the AHC website or on, then go to images of pension applications at

Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.

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