Arkansas Genealogy

Arkansas Genealogy is being developed as a genealogical and historical resource for your personal use. While the original thought was to provide this website as a resource for finding genealogy and historical data concerning Arkansas on the web, we have begun adding specific data to this site for your personal use.

The first settlement by Europeans in Arkansas was made in 1686 by the French at Arkansas Post (later the residence of the French and Spanish governors, important as a trading post in the earlier days of the American occupation, and the first territorial capital, 1810-1820). In 1720 a grant on the Arkansas was made to John Law. In 1762 the territory passed to Spain, in 1780 back to France, and in 1803 to the United States as a part of the ” Louisiana Purchase.” Save in the beginnings of western frontier trade, and in a great mass of litigation left to the courts of later years by the curious and uncertain methods of land delimitation that prevailed among the French and Spanish colonists, the pro American period of occupation has slight connexions with the later period, and scant historical importance. From 1804 to 1812 what is now Arkansas was part of the district (and then the territory) of Louisiana, and from 1812 to 1819 of the territory of Missouri. Its earliest county organizations date from this time. It was erected successively into a territory of the first and second class by acts of Congress of the 2nd of March 1819 and the 21st of April 1820. By act of the 15th of June 1836 it was admitted into the Union as a slave state.

Featured History of Arkansas

Today we take up on the history of Arkansas as a part of the Territory of Louisiana, to when it became known as the Territory of Arkansas, and finally statehood. Brief mention is also made of secession and reconstruction in Arkansas and the government makeup of the time.

Today I posted additional pages on Arkansas history which cover the exploration, and early settlers of Arkansas before it was a state.

I have begun the process of creating pages on Arkansas history, and have posted the first two:

Surrounding States

Lower Big Fork Cemetery, Big Fork, Arkansas

Location & Information Highway 8 East from Mena to State Highway 370, Turn Left on Polk 667 before Opal. Pt NW of Section 28, Township 2 South, Range 28 West Parcel # 775-0025 Internments Standridge, Harold Henderson: b. 5/10/1931, Opal, Polk, AR d. 7/12/1980, Sierra Vista, AZ Wife, Dorcas Margo…
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Lone Valley Cemetery, Hatfield, Arkansas

Location & Information Four miles Southeast of Hatfield on Six Mile Road (Polk 34) just after McDaniel Chicken Farm on right. Section 29, Township 3 South, Range 31 West Parcel # In this cemetery on 7/24/1983 there are eighty-two visible graves which are either unmarked or the markers are not…
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Little Africa or Piney Cemetery, Nunley, Arkansas

Location & Information One mile South of Nunley, North of bluff that overlooks Board Camp Creek. The writer had stated Board Camp Creek; however, where the writer located the Cemetery this is really Wolf Creek. You would turn right on Polk 56 and stay straight on Polk 57. ? Section…
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Little Cemetery, Rich Mountain, Arkansas

Location & Information Two and one-half miles West of Rich Mountain on Highway 270-59 SW 1/4, Section 26, Township 1 North, Range 32 West Not on the Polk County, Arkansas Tax Roll Latitude: 344253NLongitude: 0942220WElevation in Feet: 2425Government Map: Rich Mountain North of the railroad and Big Creek, around the…
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Liberty Cemetery, Board Camp, Arkansas

Location & Information About two miles Northwest of Board Camp, Left on Polk 660 off of Highway 8 East, left on Polk 657, right on Polk 63, Left on Polk 59, cemetery on right W/2, SE, NW, Section 21, Township 2 South, Range 29 West Parcel # 2216 Liberty is…
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Ouachita Cemetery, Opal, Arkansas

AKA Lambert-Jackson Cemetery Location & Information Five miles North of Opal. Opal is twelve miles East of Mena on Highway 370, Left on Polk 67, Left @ “T”, on Right about one-half mile. NW, Section 2, Township 2 South, Range 28 West Parcel # 655-0100 This cemetery covers about one-half…
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