Welcome to the Grace Keith Genealogical Collection
The Fayetteville Public Library provides resources of the Grace Keith Genealogical Collection to anyone pursuing their family history. Records in the nearby Washington County Courthouse in combination with the Grace Keith Collection form a comprehensive set of genealogical resources focused on Northwest Arkansas. Information can be found on the principal states from which early Arkansas settlers migrated including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Maryland.
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Mail completed form with payment to address at the bottom of the form.

Online Resources

Collection Highlights*

Available on microfilm

  • Complete Arkansas census records from 1830-1940.
  • Fayetteville newspapers containing obituaries from 1867-present.
  • Early Washington County marriage, probate and will Records.

Available print resources

  • Indices of early Washington County records.
  • Complete set of “Flashback”, the publication of the Washington County Historical Society, with a comprehensive index.
  • An extensive surname book collection and folders containing information about family histories.
  • General genealogy resources which include passenger lists, immigration records, Native American research, DAR and SAR records, cemetery records and military records.

*All collection materials are for reference purposes and must be used while in the library.