Genealogy & Obituaries

The Public Library has an extensive collection of genealogy materials to assist with family history research.


Local Newspapers and Microfilm Records:

The library offers a collection of Jonesboro newspapers on microfilm dating back to the 1890’s.  Other microfilm archives include census, marriage, court, and tax records.


Getting Started:

Note:  Library staff members are not genealogists.  They can help you locate the published materials but they cannot do the research for you.  If you need further assistance the library staff can refer you to a local genealogist who can assist you for a fee.

American Ancestors

Genealogy database - Can only be used inside the Jonesboro Library building.

Ancestry Library

Genealogy database - Can only be used inside the Jonesboro Library building

Ancestry Library (Harrisburg)

Genealogy database - Can only be used inside the Harrisburg Library building.


Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. In additions, there are also Census Records, US Bureau of Investigation Archives, and African American and Native American Archives.

Heritage Hub

Easily search and browse millions of genealogies, obituaries, marriage and birth announcements and more from 1652 to the present. Includes historical newspapers, books and documents, along with modern obituaries and the Social Security Death Index.

Heritage Quest

Genealogy database allowing searches of census records, family and local histories plus genealogy and local history articles and Revolutionary War records. - Southeast Collection

The largest online newspaper archive, established in 2012. Used by millions for genealogy and family history, historical research, crime investigations, journalism, and entertainment. Search for obituaries, marriage announcements, birth announcements, social pages, national and local news articles, sports, advertisements, entertainment, fashion and lifestyle pages, comics, and more. Everything you’d expect in the paper—and maybe something you didn't!

Sanborn Maps for Arkansas

Large scale plans of cities or towns in Arkansas, drawn to assist fire insurance companies. The maps, drawn to a scale of 50' to 1", list street blocks and building numbers used at the time the map was made. Search by city and year.