Research Tools by Subject: Genealogy



NewspaperARCHIVE is the world’s best resource for historical and genealogical information. Our unique archive spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more. Archived newspaper access is only for Arkansas newspapers.

Tags: Local Newspapers, Historical Newspapers, Local History, Arkansas History, Archives

Due to license restrictions, this research tool is available only to patrons when visiting a CALS location. 

CALS provides access to digital copies of the Arkansas Gazette (starting in 1819) and the Arkansas Democrat (starting in 1878) to 1923 on

Tags: Historical Newspapers, Newspaper Archive, Baxter Bulletin, Fort Smith Times, Pine Bluff Daily Graphic, Local Newspapers

Index Arkansas


An index to articles and other information published in county history journals as well as selected statewide magazines, newspapers and books. Check the CALS catalog to see which of the titles are available at CALS and submit an Interlibrary Loan request if the title is not available at CALS.

Tags: Arkansas History, Local History, Historical Newspapers

Heritage Quest


This research tool provided via Traveler Access.

Includes searchable images of U.S. Federal Census records, digitized family and local history books, an index to genealogical and local history periodicals, and other genealogy resources.

Tags: Family History, Death Records, Burial Records, Census Records, Obituaries

Fold3 (formerly


A collection of over 60 million pages of historical documents and personal histories, including millions of records available from the National Archives and other institutions. Please note: certain features of Fold3 require the use of an Adobe Flash plugin unavailable on some mobile and tablet browsers.

Tags: American History, Military History, Veterans, Primary Sources, Military Records

Fire Insurance Maps Online (FIMo)


An online digital collection of color fire insurance maps, real estate atlases, and similar land use maps for the state of Arkansas. Includes publications by Sanborn, Perris, Hexamer, Whipple, Baist, Bromley, Hopkins, and others.

Tags: Maps, Insurance Maps, Primary Sources, Genealogists, Local History

Encyclopedia of Arkansas

A free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. The Encyclopedia contains more than 7,000 entries and 11,000 pieces of media related to Arkansas with new material being added weekly.

Tags: Arkansas History, Arkansas Geography, Central High School, Little Rock Nine, Local History

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895


Documents the African American experience from the arrival of the first slave ship to the death of Frederick Douglass-and shows how American culture, history, and national identity have been influenced by the experience of African Americans.

Tags: African-American History, American History, Transatlantic Slave Trade, Civil War, Black History, Antebellum, Black Experience