Genealogy Advanced

Genealogy As a Hobby:

The second most popular hobby in the United States is genealogy and family history research.  At the Public Library, we have an extensive collection of genealogy materials to assist patrons in this research.

Our Facilities:

The Elisabeth Malone Room houses our Arkansas History and Genealogy Collection of books, journals and vertical files, all of which are available for usage at the Library.

Local Newspapers and Microfilm Records:

We also offer a collection of Jonesboro newspapers on microfilm, going back to the 1890’s.  Other microfilm archives include census, marriage, court, and tax records.  If you're searching for an obituary, you can access the Jonesboro Sun Deaths and Obituaries Index online.  You can use our microfilm reader/printer to view the obituary, or you can request a staff member to send you up to five obituaries per week.   Civil War military rosters for Arkansas regiments are also available in our microfilm collection.

Online Genealogy Databases:

For anyone preferring to do their research online, the Public Library subscribes to several genealogy databases that can be accessed using your library card. In addition to the many databases available, there are also local and national websites which can be beneficial to genealogists.

Getting Started:

For those just getting started with their genealogy research, the library can provide basic information and forms.  There are also local genealogists available for those who want additional personal assistance with their research.  The Public Library has created a list of local genealogists who will assist in research for a fee.