Genealogy & Local History

Collage of historical photographs from across Bradley, Chicot, Desha, Drew, and Lincoln counties

Southeast Arkansas Regional Library System provides access to several genealogy databases and resources. As our regional system covers a five-county area, local history resources will vary. Please contact one of our nine branches for more information on what genealogical and local history materials are available.

Library staff are not genealogists. They can help locate materials or direct you to helpful resources, but they cannot do the research for you. If you need further assistance, library staff will refer you to other institutions.

Genealogy & Local History Titles

Genealogy/Local History Resources from the Library

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African American Heritage

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A groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research.

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Ancestry Library Edition

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Unlock the story of your family with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, and much more. This resource is only available at the Monticello Branch Library.
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HeritageQuest Online

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Find birth, death, and census records. Only accessible inside the library.

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General Genealogy Websites

Sites to help fill in the branches of the family tree or learn more about the area’s history.

Cyndi’s List
A gateway to Internet genealogy, providing more than 225,000 links to every conceivable genealogical resource on the Internet.

Local Genealogy & History

University of Arkansas-Monticello Fred J. Taylor Library and Technology Center
University library with a special collections and university archives containing books, periodicals, and journals pertaining to southeast Arkansas and university history.

Arkansas Genealogy & History

Arkansas Department of Health
Search and order Arkansas death certificates (1935-1961), birth certificates (1914-present), and marriage certificates (1917-present). Arkansas has limitations on who may order certain certificates due to the sensitive information found on these documents.

Arkansas Gravestones
Capturing and archiving digital images of Arkansas headstones to preserve their inscriptions for future genealogical research.

Arkansas Historical Quarterly Index
Cumulative Index to the Arkansas Historical Quarterly for volumes 1-59 (1942-2000).

Arkansas State Archives
Formerly known as the Arkansas History Commission, the Arkansas State Archives contains over 200 years of Arkansas history, including church publications, cemetery records, newspapers, state, county, and local records, and more.

Encyclopedia of Arkansas
Free site through the Central Arkansas Library System with entries on Arkansas’s history, geography, and culture.

Index Arkansas
Site with over 100,000 citations to articles and other information from publications such as county history journals, select statewide magazines, select newspaper articles, and select book titles from the 1880s to the present.

National and International Genealogy

Access Genealogy’s Native American Genealogy & History
Compiled guide to beginning Native American research, available records, Bureau of Indian Affairs, census, church, and military records, archives and libraries, treaties, and more.

Bureau of Land Management
Provides live database and image access to more than two million Federal land title records for the Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS)
A computerized database containing basic facts about Civil War servicemen, regiments, significant battles, select lists of prisoner-of-war records, and cemetery records offered by the National Parks Service.

Death Indexes
Compiled list of websites to online death indexes by state and county. Included are death indexes, obituary indexes, probate indexes, and cemetery and burial listings.

Family Search
Offered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can search the Ancestral File, the International Genealogical Index, the Family History Library Catalog, and selected websites.

Find a Grave
Search for memorials and cemeteries across the world. Researchers can add burial records, headstone images, and transcribe headstones to help with genealogical research.

A group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the U.S.