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Tombstone and sexton’s records may give birth and death dates, names of spouse and children, maiden name, and symbols for religion, military service and more.

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Online ResourcesEdit


The following have significant cemetery listings for Arkansas State:

  • Search for names at Find A Grave. Enter at least a last name then click Search. Can narrow by first names or dates.
    • This site frequently has tombstone images.
    • List of cemeteries in their database.
      • 1) Select the state, 2) pick a county, and 3) click Search. (There are too many cemeteries for a statewide list.)
        • Tip: To switch to a different county, click Cemetery Lookup under Actions at the left.
      • When you have a list, click on the number below Interments for a cemetery to access names. Click Records arrow to scroll through to the end.

    • Lists of cemeteries in the counties.
    • Typed lists of tombstone information.
  • Rootsweb Cemetery lists on Arkansas county pages.
  • Arkansas Cemeteries at D'
    • Lists of cemeteries or search by the name of the cemetery. Cannot narrow by county.
    • Typed lists of tombstone information.
  • Linkpendium scours the Internet for resources.
    • Links to cemetery databases on other sites.
    • Many cemeteries individually searchable.

See also Cyndi's List links to databases on other sites.

Value of Cemetery RecordsEdit

Cemetery tombstones, or sexton's records, usually give death date, and age or birth date. Sometimes they give birth place. Spouse and children who died young are often buried nearby.

Use cemetery records to:

  • Identify children who died young or who were not recorded in birth or death records.
  • Establish family relationships and learn of family members.
  • Find clues that lead you to other records about the person. For example:
    • Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations.
    • There are also abbreviations that give clues when deciphered.

The Association of Gravestone Studies (AGS) has recommendations on the treatment and care of tombstones when needing to make inscriptions more visible.

Published TranscriptionsEdit

Many tombstones have been damaged over time by weathering, excavation, vandalism, and so on. As a result, earlier transcriptions may be more accurate and more complete.

Fortunately, early transcriptions may be found in periodicals. Individuals and societies also published cemetery indexes in book form.

  • Arkansas Cemetery Records listed in the FamilySearch Catalog. (Click the topic to see the list)
    • For counties, add a comma and the first letter of the county name, select the county and click Search.
    • For towns in a county, add a comma, first letter of town name, select the town and click Search.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (Arkansas). Arkansas Genealogical Collection. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970-71. FHL film 844392 (first of 17 films) This collection includes tombstone inscriptions from Arkansas cemeteries.

See United States Cemeteries for further suggestions and information.


  1. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.