You can find death records in the Arkansas Vital Records department that date back to 1914 and some that even go back as far as 1881 in larger Arkansas communities such as Fort Smith and Little Rock. You’ll pay $10 for a certified copy of a death certificate ($8 for each copy after that). There are no refunds available even if the state doesn’t find the record. Arkansas death records are considered private and may only be obtained by legal representatives of a relative, professional genealogical researches or relatives who can prove their relationship to the deceased. If the death records are older than 50 years, anyone who is related to the deceased can obtain a copy of the death certificate. If you quality to receive the record, you’ll need to provide information such as the date of death and place when the death occurred, the full name of the person, copies of your identification and your reason for requesting the record. Send the fee (in the form of a check or money order payable to the Arkansas Dept. of Health) to:
Arkansas Dept. of Health
4815 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 661-2200
Copies of Arkansas death records are often used to prove legal issues and also to track a family’s genealogy information. If you use a state-based search, you may need to wait several weeks for a response because of the vast amount of records and small staff the state has to work with. Another way to search for death records is through a state’s newspaper archives, but that can be very time-consuming and tedious.
Internet search sites get high ratings from those who have searched for vital records using one of these vital services. The enormous amount of information they can sift through in a short amount of time is paramount to some legal and genealogical professionals to get the data they need and ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the data. Many of these professionals maintain monthly memberships because of the frequency they use the services. But, you can use an online Internet search site on a one-time basis by paying a reasonable fee (your payment information is encrypted and won’t be released to anyone) and submitting a small amount of pertinent information about the deceased. You’ll receive a full report, usually within minutes, and be assured that the information has been referenced and cross-referenced by the sites powerful databases and search engines. If no record is found, you pay nothing for the search. The death record data that you’ll likely receive can be much more informative than you might receive from the state because of the data that these search sites have access too. Find out more about how an Internet search site can help you find Arkansas death records by clicking on the link.