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Re: [AR] Arkansas County Marriages

This is a quote from the front of the index books:

"Arkansas began keeping death records in February, 1914.......

.....Just because the law said deaths were to be reported didn't make it happen. Estimates are that it was at least the World War II era [1941-1946] before there was anywhere near universal compliance with the law requiring all births and deaths in Arkansas to be reported......"

My experience: I have the cert for my paternal grandmother who died in 1914. I have the cert for my maternal grandmother who died in 1934. My maternal grandfather died between those dates, about 1930, but I have not found a cert for him. AND they all lived in the same small, rural community, probably used the same funeral home in town, 5 miles away. [There were two and both sides of my family used the same one during the time I lived there. And which unfortunately went out of business in later years.]

As for birth records, my mother was born in 1919 and did not have a birth certificate.

So I know from experience that there was NOT widespread compliance in the early years of the law. And before 1914, some counties may have begun keeping records, but not "my" county. [I grew up in the same county that my parents and grandparents did.]

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