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

Mineral Cemetery, Polk County, Arkansas

Location Information West and South of Highway 71, near Sevier County line on Polk 201Pt SE, SE, Section 31, Township 6 South, Range 31 WestParcel # 9264 Bert Higgins and his wife, Maggie, moved to Mineral in 1919. It was during that year that Bert began to help keep the…
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Miller Cemetery, Cove, Arkansas

Location Information One and three-fourths miles south of Cove on the east side of Highway 71Section 22 (?), Township 4 South, Range 32 WestParcel # ? The beginning of Miller Cemetery was with the burial of Cliff Miller in 1976. At his death, Lorene carried out her husband’s request. She…
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McKinney Cemetery, Old Potter, Arkansas

Location Information About one mile east of Old Potter on a hill North of the road. (Polk 412 ?) SW,SW of Section 27, Township 2 South, Range 31 West Parcel # 7063 Internments Cole, C.C. “Lum” – 3-23-1861 to 10-13-1944 Cole, Claude – 12-25-1892 to 6-14-1978 – U.S. Army W.W.…
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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 WestParcel # 775-0025 Internments Standridge, Harold Henderson: b. 5/10/1931, Opal, Polk, AR d. 7/12/1980, Sierra Vista, AZ Wife, Dorcas Margo Savage; Father:…
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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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