Arkansas: Links to Digitized County Histories

Arkansas county histories are unusual in that most of the counties were represented in regional histories in the late 1800s. Therefore, although most Arkansas counties in this list appear to have no digitized histories, it is important to carefully check the STATE list.

FAQ

1. While every county in the state is listed, links are only provided for titles that no longer fall under U.S. copyright laws. All (almost) links connect to free websites.
2. There are a few instances when a book has been digitized, but is only found on a paid site. In that case, no link is inserted, but a note as to the website where it has been found is given.
3. When a state history has also been found in digital format, it is listed in the STATE section that precedes the county list. I have limited STATE entries to those with county histories/biographical volumes in them.
4. There are a number of counties that DO have histories written, BUT they remain copyrighted material. Therefore, if a county has NONE after its name, it doesn’t mean there is no county history, just that none has been digitized. It’s also possible that the only digitized county history is included in one of the state volumes, so be sure to check those entries.
5. If the book is on FamilySearch, you will need a free account to access it. This list does NOT include town histories.
6. When all fifty states have been completed, I will post a PDF of them all.
7. One last note – it is very possible that a book is digitally available on more than one website. I’ve only included links to one site per book.

ARKANSAS

 STATEBiographical and historical memoirs of eastern Arkansas, Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, 1890. [Arkansas, Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie, St Francis, White & Woodruff counties]
STATEBiographical and pictorial history of Arkansas, Volumes 1&2, John Hallum, Weed, Parsons & Company, 1887.
STATEBiographical and historical memoirs of northeast Arkansas, Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, 1889. [Clay, Craighead, Fulton, Greene, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, Randolph & Sharp Counties]
STATEBiographical and historical memoirs of Pulaski, Jefferson, Lonoke, Faulkner, Grant, Saline, Perry, Garland and Hot Spring counties, Arkansas: comprising a condensed history of the state, Goodspeed Publishing company, Chicago, 1889.
STATEBiographical and historical memoirs of western Arkansas, Mrs. Leister E. Presley, Southern Publishing Company, Chicago, 1891. [Johnson, Logan, Montgomery, Polk, Pope, Scott and Yell Counties]
STATEBiographical and historical memoirs of southern Arkansas: comprising a condensed history of the state, a number of biographies of its distinguished citizens, a brief descriptive history of each of the counties mentioned, and numerous biographical sketches of the citizens of such county, Mrs. Leister E. Presley, Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, 1890.
STATEHistory of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas: from the earliest time to the present; including a department devoted to the preservation of sundrey personal, business, professional, and private records, Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, 1889.
STATEPioneers and makers of Arkansas, Josiah Hazen Shinn, Genealogical and Historical Publishing, 1908.
STATEBiographical and pictorial history of Arkansas, John Hallum, Weed, Parsons & Company, Albany, 1887.
STATEAnnals of Arkansas, 1947: a narrative historical edition revising, reediting and continuing A Centennial history of Arkansas, preserving the record of the growth and development of the state and chronicling the genealogical and memorial records of its prominent families and personages, Volume 1, Dallas Tabor Herndon, Historical Record Association, Hopkinsville, Arkansas, 1947.
STATEAnnals of Arkansas, 1947: a narrative historical edition revising, reediting and continuing A Centennial history of Arkansas, preserving the record of the growth and development of the state and chronicling the genealogical and memorial records of its prominent families and personages, Volume 2, Dallas Tabor Herndon, Historical Record Association, Hopkinsville, Arkansas, 1947.
STATEAnnals of Arkansas, 1947: a narrative historical edition revising, reediting and continuing A Centennial history of Arkansas, preserving the record of the growth and development of the state and chronicling the genealogical and memorial records of its prominent families and personages, Volume 3, Dallas Tabor Herndon, Historical Record Association, Hopkinsville, Arkansas, 1947.
STATEAnnals of Arkansas, 1947: a narrative historical edition revising, reediting and continuing A Centennial history of Arkansas, preserving the record of the growth and development of the state and chronicling the genealogical and memorial records of its prominent families and personages, Volume 4, Dallas Tabor Herndon, Historical Record Association, Hopkinsville, Arkansas, 1947.
STATEA reminiscent history of the Ozark region: comprising a condensed general history, a brief descriptive history of each county, and numerous biographical sketches of prominent citizens of such counties, Goodspeed Brothers, Chicago, 1894.
STATECentennial History of Arkansas, Volume 1, Dallas Tabor Herndon, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago-Little Rock, 1922.
STATECentennial History of Arkansas, Volume 2, Dallas Tabor Herndon, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago-Little Rock, 1922.
STATEA pictorial history of Arkansas, from the earliest times to the year 1890, Fay Hempstead, N.D. Thompson Publishing Company, St. Louis & New YorK, 1890.

ARKANSASA topographical description and history of Arkansas County, Arkansas from 1541 to 1875, William Henry Halliburton, 1876.
ASHLEYHistory of Ashley County, Arkansas, Young W. Etheridge, Press-Argus, Van Buren, 1959.
BAXTERBaxter County centennial: 100 years of progress, 1873-1973, Publicity Committee of the Baxter County Centennial, 1973, Mountain Home, Arkansas, 1973.
BAXTERHistory of Baxter County, Frances H. Shiras, W. Daniel & Shiras Brothers Print Shop, 1939.
BENTONHistory of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas: from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business, professional and private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc., Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, 1889.
BOONE – Mountain heritage: some glimpses into Boone County’s past after one hundred years, Roger V. Logan Jr., Harrison Junior Chamber of Commerce, Harrison, Arkansas, 1969.
BRADLEY – NONE
CALHOUN – NONE
CARROLLHistory of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas: from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business, professional and private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc., Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, 1889.
CHICOT – NONE
CLARKNONE
CLAY – NONE
CLEBURNENONE
CLEVELAND – NONE
COLUMBIA
History of Columbia County, Nettie Hicks Killgore, Magnolia, 1947.
CONWAYHistorical reminiscenses and biographical memoirs of Conway County, Arkansas, Arkansas Historical Publishing Company, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1890. Reprinted by Press-Argus, Van Buren, Arkansas, 1960.
CRAIGHEADThe story of Craighead County: a narrative of people and events in northeast Arkansas, Charles Albert Stuck, Jonesboro, Arkansas, 1960.
CRAIGHEADHistory of Craighead County, Arkansas, Harry Lee Williams, Parke-Harper Company, Little Rock, 1930.
CRAWFORDHistory of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas: from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business, professional and private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc., Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, 1889.
CRAWFORDHistory of Crawford County, Arkansas, Clara Bertha Eno, Press-Argus, Van Buren, Arkansas, 1951.
CRAWFORDThe History of Crawford County, Arkansas: from the days of the river flatboats through the era of the overland stage, Press-Argus, Van Buren, Arkansas, 1961.
CRITTENDEN – NONE
CROSSHistory of Cross County, Arkansas, 1955: a narrative historical edition preserving the record of the growth and development of Cross County, Arkansas, and chronicling the genealogical and memorial records of its prominent families and personages, Robert W. Chowning, Wynne Progress, Wynne, Arkansas, 1955.
DALLAS – NONE
DESHA – NONE
DREW – NONE

FAULKNERThe history of Faulkner County, Arkansas, Alexander McPherson, J.H. Glass & Mrs. H.E. Cureton, Conway Times Plant, Conway, Arkansas, 1927.
FRANKLINHistory of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas: from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business, professional and private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc., Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, 1889.
FULTON – NONE
GARLAND – NONE
GRANT – NONE
GREENE – NONE
HEMPSTEAD – NONE
HOT SPRING – NONE
HOWARD – NONE
INDEPENDENCE – NONE
IZARD
Historical and biographical sketches of the early settlement of the valley of White River together with a history of Izard County … 1800-1877, Augustus Curren Jeffery, Jeffery Historical Society, 1973. Reprint from 1877.
IZARDA history of Izard County, Arkansas, Karr Shannon, Democrat Printing and Lithographing Company, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1947.
IZARDIzard County, Arkansas, Volume 1, 195_.
IZARDIzard County, Arkansas, Volume 2, 195_.
JACKSON – NONE
JEFFERSON – NONE

JOHNSON – History of Johnson County, Arkansas: the first hundred years, Ella Molloy Langford, Sallis, Threadgill & Sallis, Clarksville, Arkansas, 1921.
LAFAYETTE – NONE
LAWRENCE – NONE
LEE – NONE
LINCOLN – NONE
LITTLE RIVER – NONE
LOGAN – NONE
LONOKE – NONE

MADISONHistory of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas: from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business, professional and private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc., Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, 1889.
MADISONIndex to Goodspeed’s History and autobiographical sketches of Madison County, Arkansas, Hilda Nancy Ersula Snowberger Chance, 1968.
MARION – NONE
MILLER – NONE
MISSISSIPPI
History of Mississippi County, Arkansas, Mabel Flanningan Edrington, Ocala Star-Banner, Ocala, Florida, 1962.
MONROEHistorical notes of Monroe County, Arkansas, Jo Claire Knoll English, typescript, n.d. [Familysearch Film 1016244, Item 1]
MONROEPages from the past : historical notes on Clarendon, Monroe County and early Arkansas, Jo Claire Knoll English, Clendon, Arkansas, 1976.
MONTGOMERY – NONE
NEWTON – NONE
OUACHITA – NONE
PERRY – NONE
PHILLIPS – NONE
PIKE – NONE
POINSETT – NONE
POLK – NONE
POPE
David Porter West’s early history of Pope County, Arkansas: a story, David Porter West, 1906.
POPEHistory of Pope County, Arkansas, Volume 1, Pope County Historical Association History Book Committee, Russellville, Arkansas, Jostens, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1981-1999.
POPEHistory of Pope County, Arkansas, Volume 2, Pope County Historical Association History Book Committee, Russellville, Arkansas, Jostens, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1981-1999.
PRAIRIE – NONE
PULASKI – NONE
RANDOLPHHistory of Randolph County, Arkansas, Lawrence Dalton, Democrat Printing and Lithographing, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1946.
RANDOLPHIn the long ago, photos of Randolph County, Arkansas, Volume 3, Star Herald Printing Company, Pocahontas, Arkansas, 1973. *No other volumes found.
SAINT FRANCISHistory of St. Francis County, Arkansas, 1954: a narrative historical edition preserving the record of the growth and development of St. Francis County, Arkansas, and chronicling the genealogical and memorial records of its prominent families and personages, Robert W. Chowning, Times-Herald Publishing Company, Forrest City, Arkansas, 1954.
SALINESaline County: recollections of early settlers, Ruth Fleming Beaty & Bernice Spraggins McCurdy, Benton, Arkansas, 1986.
SCOTTHistory of Scott County, Arkansas, Henry Grady McCutchen, Arkansas, 1922.
SCOTTA history of Scott County, Arkansas, Norman Goodner, Bar D Press, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, 1941.
SCOTTSlavery in Scott County, Arkansas, John Paul O’Nale, n.d.
SEARCYSearcy County, Arkansas to 1850, James J. Johnston, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1991.
SEBASTIANHistory of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas: from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business, professional and private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc., Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, 1889.
SEVIERMemories of yesteryear, Ilene Smith, n.d.
SHARP – NONE
STONE – NONE
UNION – NONE
VAN BUREN – NONE

WASHINGTONHistory of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas: from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business, professional and private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc., Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, 1889.
WHITE – NONE
WOODRUFF – NONE

YELLHistory of Yell County, Arkansas, Wayne Banks, Press-Argus, Van Buren, Arkansas, 1959.

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