The new online database currently offers only records of deaths that occurred from 1935 to 1961 on the website, but the department said that workers will be adding records in the coming months. Users may search by last name, death date, county of death and state of birth.
The new database does not contain the actual certificates nor any images of any documents. Unfortunately, it is only an index to the records plus an online ordering form. You can find a person's death listed by name, state of birth, Arkansas county of death, date of death, and mother's name. Once the record is located, you may fill out a form and have a photocopy of the original document sent to you via standard US Postal Service mail within 7-10 business days. Pricing is $10.00 for the first certificate and $8.00 for each additional certificate.
The new death records from the Arkansas Department of Health are available at: https://www.ark.org/doh_dcs/. That page displays a very simple search form containing fields for first name, last name, and date of death. However, clicking on "Show Advanced Search" brings up a search box showing more options.
My thanks to newsletter reader Lynda Suffridge for telling me about the new online service.