Enter a name to search for Arkansas birth certificates. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to Arkansas birth certificates.. Additional information on how to obtain Arkansas birth certificates is available below.
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Birth certificates contain information about a person's birth, including the date of birth, place of birth, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the birth. Birth certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.
Birth certificates can be used to establish a person's date and place of birth. Most birth certificates provide the mother's maiden name. Birth certificates are often required to obtain other documents, licenses or to prove eligibility.
This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Arkansas birth records, Arkansas birth ceritificates, Arkansas birth notices, Arkansas birth indexes, and other related Arkansas genealogy records.
Birth records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the birth takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store birth records into various online archives. This has brought access to online birth records much more easier for genealogy researchers.
Newspapers frequently publish notices of births, and in addition to birth certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists. Newspapers typically do not announce the names of the newborn, but list the sex of the child, the names of the parents, the place and date of birth.
On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing birth records of Arkansas. We also suggest searching for "Arkansas birth records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.
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How to Obtain Arkansas Birth Certificates
Vital Records Statewide registration of births and deaths in Arkansas did not begin until February, 1914. Compliance was not complete, however, for another thirty years. Statewide registration of marriage did not begin until 1917, but individual counties usually recorded marriages prior to that date. For birth and death records prior to 1914, and marriage records prior to 1917, write to the clerk of the county in question. For birth and death records after 1914, marriage records after 1917, and divorce records after 1923 write:
Division of Vital Records
Personal check or money order should be made payable to Arkansas Department of Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (501) 661-2174. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at http://www.healthyarkansas.com.
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