Arkansas History Commission Has a Winning Website

Kerry Kraus
The Arkansas History Commission’s website — — is a winner! It has been named as one of the 101 Best Family History Websites by Family Tree Magazine. The announcement is in the September 2011 issue which hits newsstands nationwide on June 28.

Family Tree Magazine
is America’s largest-circulation genealogy magazine, helping readers discover, preserve and celebrate their family history. In addition to the bimonthly print magazine, how-to genealogy CDs, blogs, books and a free monthly podcast are also published. “By reaching out to a broad consumer audience and making genealogy accessible even to beginners, we aim to share the excitement of family history and bring new users to valuable Web sites such as yours,” Managing Editor Diane Haddad said in announcing the honor.

The history commission recently launched a redesign of the site’s main page. New features to the site include links to the Arkansas History Commission’s two satellite locations, the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives (SARA) at Washington, and the new Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA) at Powhatan.

Also new is a link to the newly-formed Arkansas Records Catalog, an ever-expanding site bringing together finding aids for historical collections in archives, historical societies and other repositories across the state, to better aid

researchers in finding the materials they need. According to State Historian, Dr. Wendy Richter, “The aim of the site is to provide a way for historical societies and archives to raise awareness of their invaluable collections of historical documents for free, and to allow researchers to know which of the many historical repositories in the state holds the information they’re seeking before they leave home.”

The Arkansas History Commission is located in the Multi-Agency Complex on the Arkansas State Capitol Grounds.


Join the Conversation