Genealogy & Research Tools

Monthly Genealogy Course: Finding Family Facts

Every second Monday
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 204
401 President Clinton Ave.

The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

Research at the Butler Center

The Butler Center offers several resources to facilitate researchers of all levels. CD-ROMs and other subscription-based databases are available for use when visiting the Butler Center. For more information regarding available services, please call the Butler Center at (501) 320-5700 or email us.

  • CALS Online Catalog — Information about genealogy and Arkansas history resources can be found by searching the CALS catalog.
  • Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture — The Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a great starting point for Arkansas-related research.
  • Digital Collections — The Digital Collections are a growing resource of research material from the Butler Center holdings and newly recorded material.
  • Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com) — A collection of over 60 million pages of historical documents and personal histories, including millions of records available from the National Archives and other institutions. Please note: certain features of Fold3 require the use of an Adobe Flash plugin unavailable on some mobile and tablet browsers.
  • Heritage Quest Online — Available from home with a CALS library card, HeritageQuest includes searchable images of U.S. Federal Census records, digitized family and local history books, an index to genealogical and local history periodicals, and other genealogy resources.
  • Census on Microfilm — Review the U.S. Census microfilm holdings available in the Arkansas Studies Institute research room.
  • Marriage Records — Review the Arkansas county marriage licenses on microfilm available in the Arkansas Studies Institute research room.
  • Military Records — Review the military service records on microfilm available in the Arkansas Studies Institute research room.
  • Historical City Directories — Review the Arkansas city directories on microfilm available in the Arkansas Studies Institute research room.
  • Freedmen's Bureau Records — Search a great source of African American genealogy in Arkansas on microfilm available in the Arkansas Studies Institute research room.
  • Social Security Death Index — The Social Security Administration Death Master File contains information on millions of deceased individuals with United States social security numbers whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration.
  • Land Records — Trace family histories through land ownership. Over 4.2 million land patent records from across the United States are now online, and 3 million have been imaged for the 30 public land states.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps — The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for the state of Arkansas. Covers the years 1867-1970; not all years are available for all locations. (Please call 918-3000 for login and password.)
  • Family History Library Catalog — Order microfilm from the world's largest repository of genealogical records to be sent to and viewed at the Butler Center, a FamilySearch affiliate library.