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.

Upcoming Genealogy Event:
Finding Your Civil War Ancestors & Using that Brick Wall as a Foundation
with J. Mark Lowe
Saturday, March 7
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join us on Saturday, March 7 at 10 am for Finding Your Civil War Ancestors, a step-by-step guide for your research on Union and Confederate ancestors.  J. Mark Lowe, Certified Genealogist, will introduce resources such as compiled military service records and pension records to assist your journey through Civil War records.

At noon, Mark will teach a second workshop.  The second session, Using that Brick Wall as a Foundation, will focus on resources and techniques to further progress work on those ancestors that stump your research.  Using genealogical research skills, learn how to overcome those difficult branches on the family tree and keep your research from going down the wrong path.

J. Mark Lowe, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer, specializing in original records of Kentucky and Tennessee and manuscripts throughout the South.  He serves as Course Coordinator of Research in the South for the Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research at Samford University and for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.  He also serves as Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance.  Mark has worked on several genealogical television series, including African American Lives 2, UnXplained Events, and Who Do You Think You Are?  He is a former President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  In 2007, Mark received the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award for his outstanding service to the APG.

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Mail completed form with payment to address at the bottom of the form.

Available e-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.