Arkansas became a state on 15 June 1836 and was the twenty-fifth state to join the United States. There are currently 75 counties in Arkansas and links to records for those specific counties are at the end of this listing.

There are many free, online Arkansas histories, biographies, and related sources. These histories can give valuable family history information. Many county histories include the history of the area, the early inhabitants and notable people, early officers and representatives, military service, the geology, roads, and waterways and more. County histories can provide valuable information about our ancestors and the information may include women, for whom records are often more difficult to obtain.

Arkansas map of state and county resources at

Free online Arkansas histories and related records include:

Civil War and Reconstruction


African American and Slavery




Government & Executive & Legislative


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