Research Tools by Subject: Genealogy

African-American Heritage


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A resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. Includes such records as draft cards from World Wars I and II, the Freedman’s Bank, and the US Census, as well as help finding other information sources.

Tags: Ancestry, Slave Trade, African-American Heritage, AfriGeneas

Ancestry Library Edition


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

Includes census, church, court and immigration records, as well as historical maps and many other genealogy resources, from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and other areas.

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

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Historical Archive


Research Little Rock history through the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Historical Archive Collection. Study trends, issues, events, advertisements, companies and more through historical and current full newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.

This archive collection contains searchable image edition issues of the Arkansas Gazette from 1867-1991, the Arkansas Democrat from 1947-1992, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette from 1992-1994.

Civil War Newspapers

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A collection of historical newspapers containing extensive local and national coverage of American culture, politics, and society from the Antebellum through the Reconstruction periods.

Tags: American History, Antebellum, Reconstruction, Historical Newspapers

Dictionary of American Family Names


The Dictionary of American Family Names contains more than 70,000 of the most commonly occurring surnames in the United States.

Tags: Heritage, Etymology, Onomatology, Name History, Baby Names

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

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present


Traces the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, up to and including the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.

Tags: African-American History, American History, Black History, Jazz, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Segregation

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