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has been gleaned from public record and other out of copyright sources. Each page has a specific arfamilies.info email address. If you have comments about a particular page, or would like source information, please send email to the link at bottom of that page where it reads: About This Page. I will then know which page you are writing about and can send source info or make necessary changes/updates.
I have two personal email addresses, and always enjoy hearing from folks with an interest in Arkansas and her families...
Click To View: Miscellaneous Items Index
Includes Bible Records, as well as Images and Transcriptions of Land, Marriage, and Various Other Records. If you have such items to share, please do...
Click To View: Stories And Shared Memories
A photograph will often times bring up memories, you are invited to submit the picture and the memory. You might recall events and daily ways of life in a community that you knew as home, that you would like to tell about. If you have family stories that have been passed down through the generations, or a story that taught a life lesson, please share. This is where you can share memories, tales, and newspaper articles...
Click To View: Obituaries and Death Notices
From family members, as well as from persons interested in helping make the items available to others. A big thank you to Pat McAlister and Rosa Cline for their interest and help with Northwestern Arkansas obituaries. Roger Harvell has shared the obituary collection of persons for whom his father preached their funerals, most if not all are of Izard County persons. Lina Boyd has shared several old death notices for individuals buried in Pope County. If you have an interest in sharing a regional or family collection, please do. All obituaries submitted from family members will appear with submitter's name as Family Contact. Items are in full obituary text or extracted form, as well as images of obituaries, funeral and memorial cards, and in some cases, death certificates.
Click To View: Cemeteries of Pope County, Arkansas by CL and Lina Boyd
CL and Lina have provided information on several Pope County cemeteries that they have surveyed. Their knowledge of death, marriage, and other research material, is evident in the added notes throughout their cemetery info. The combined efforts of their work and interest in sharing is much appreciated. If you have pictures taken in Pope County cemeteries that you would like to share, please do. If you would like to be noted as a Family Contact, just let me know.
Click To View: Coal Miner's Memorial
A memorial honoring the coal miners of South Sebastian County, Arkansas is located at Greenwood. View names that have been transcribed from memorial...may not be inclusive, as I saw a note from the historical society that names could still be added to the memorial at a cost of $40.00 per name. Also view scrapbook of submitted pictures of the memorial and pictures of coal miners named on the memorial...send yours!
Click To View: Arkansas Widows and Children Homes
Includes residents of Orphanages as well as Old Ladies Homes. If you have something to add, please let me know.
Click To View: Arkansas Poor Farms, Pauper's Homes, Almshouses...
From the Bureau of Census, a Special Report: Paupers In Almshouses, 1904...an act to provide relief for the poor. Also included are named inmates of County Homes and Farms, located in various Arkansas counties.
Click To View: State School For The Blind
The Arkansas Institute for the Blind was incorporated February 4, 1859, established at Arkadelphia, Clark County. Mr. Otis Patten was Superintendent. By September of 1860 there were ten pupils, five males and five females...
Click To View: Assorted Newspapers, Madison County, Arkansas
March 6, 1880 - June 20, 1919. Scott Hensley copied these whole page newspapers from the microfilm at the University of Arkansas Library. Includes the St Paul Republican, August 1887 to August 1890, some issues missing. Also the St. Paul Mountain Air
Newspapers from August 1894 thru July 1895, some issues missing and 1909 thru 1910, some issues missing. A set of Huntsville papers starting from 1880. There are, however, only about 19 issues before 1909...1909 to 1912 are well covered. I am SLOWLY getting these images web ready...
Click To View: Maps of Original Land Owners by Roger Harvell
Due to efforts of Roger Harvell, you can readily view names of individual land owners, the year of original ownership, and the location of lands owned, through twp and range detail. Roger has also provided a name index of over 1,600 original land owners in Izard County, all appear on the various maps that he has created. And if that were not enough, through a visual presentation, township, range, and section terms are displayed, making them easily understood.
Click To View: Colleen's Place
When Ruth Ann Wilson was editor of the Newton County Times Newspaper, Colleen Haynes Rongey wrote 'Voices of Newton County' articles. Back in 2000, Colleen sent several of her stories to me, for my Rootsweb Newton County, Arkansas site, as well as featured articles for my Newcoa Newsletter. Several of Colleen's stories also appeared on Colleen's Place, her AOL website. As of October 31, 2008, AOL® Hometown was shut down permanently. In an effort to retain Colleen's articles, a portion of her defunct website is mirrored here on ARF.
Click To View: Arkansas Confederate Home
The Arkansas Confederate Soldiers' Home was established in 1890. In 1922 Dallas Tabor Herndon published the High Lights of Arkansas History. In that work he described the
Confederate Home. I have also added the inmate population from census records.
Click To View: Arkansas African American Families
Researching African American ancestors might possibly be one of the more difficult areas in the genealogical spectrum. Long before the days of 'no coloreds allowed' and the designated 'white only' drinking fountains, the records of the African American population were often times limited only to a head count, identified by a term or pen name, and at best, simply a given name. You are invited to help with this project...submit your African American Family pictures and info, or help transcribe slave schedules...
Click To View: Warning To Indians
In September of 1830, John Pope, the Governor of the Territory of Arkansas, issued a proclamation warning all Indians, except those of the Quapaw Tribe, to leave the Miller County area...
Click To View: Cecil Cove Hike
After a failed attempt at finding the Jones Cemetery in Cecil Cove, Tim Loftis and Randy Sooter teamed up with Joyce Lindsey, to hike into the cove and find the cemetery. The weaker sex proved to be a good luck charm for the two gentlemen, as the cemetery was found with ease with Joyce along :o). The remains of old home places along the trail were explored, partial foundations/footings of buildings were measured and documented along with named homestead locations, and other landmarks. Randy took pictures of all graves, rocks and markers in the cemetery. They can be viewed at a Jones Cemetery link on the webpage. Other pictures taken that day are in the Cecil Cove Hike Scrapbook. I have yet to transcribed the info from the cemetery pictures, if anyone would care to lend a hand at trying to make out the names and dates from the pictures of this small, hard to get to cemetery, please do.
Click To View: Cecil Cove Slacker Gang
Details from 1919 Kansas City Star newspaper article, describing 'how the Hill Billies of Cecil Cove Defied Uncle Sam', and other details of the gang and events of the time. Also included are family notes from visitors to the Slacker Gang page.
Click To View: Crater of Diamonds
I remember when we visited the diamond field...my children had lots of fun, but it was so hot we seemed to sweat mud :o). We didn't find any diamonds, but came home with a nice handful of other gemstones. Staff at Crater of the Diamonds State Park have provided a nice description and history of the Crater of Diamonds, as well as historical pictures, a survey map, and documents. If you have pictures taken at the crater that you would like to appear in the Crater of Diamonds Scrapbook, just let me know.
Click To View: Diamond Cave
I have really been enjoying working on this project. There has been good visitor interaction in the sharing of memories, comments, additonal info, and pictures. Includes known history of the cave, owners, managers, tour guides, pictures, and shared memories. If you have memories of Diamond Cave to share, please do.
Click To View: Sounds From Grandad's Victrola
Lloyd Sutton recalls childhood memories and time spent playing with the old wind up Victrola. 'There were some old records that we liked to play. One record stands out in my mind. It may be the only one that I really remember. It was titled 'Hallelujah Iím A Bum'. I can remember playing that record many times.' Lloyd shares four songs that he later taped from his Grandad's old records. Lloyd puts his tape recorder to good use...he cornered his Uncle Harry Sutton and recorded him calling a dance From The Bottom of My Heart. Turn the volume up when you visit either of these two pages...
Click To View: Bethel Freewill Baptist Church Records with Name Index by Rober Harvell.
This church was organized July of 1925 and ceased to exist at that location
circa 1967. The new Bethel Church was organized October 1, 2001 at a different
location and was dedicated to Herman Lewis and my dad, Owen Harvell, both of
whom pastored the old church. There are baptism records, marriages records,
death records and other items of interest in these records.
Click To View: David O. Dodd
Hanged for being a spy...The first line in Dallas T. Herndon's work, Letters of David O. Dodd:
David Owen Dodd was hanged at Little Rock as a Confederate spy, on January 8, 1864. The 'boy hero of the Confederacy', hanged at age 17, was born in Texas, to Andrew Marion Dodd and Lydia Echols Owen...
Click To View: A Little Bird Told Me
The time worn phrase, 'a little bird told me,' evolved from beliefs in times way back when...back to ancient times. Signs, omens, old saying, wives tales, and superstitions. Also includes feather beds and mattress making...food memories and recipes...
molasses making, water witching, stills and moonshine.
Click To View: Supplement To The Arkansas Gazette, March 4, 1834
From the Auditor's Office, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, That, pursuant to the requisitions of
an act passed by the General Assembly of the Territory of Arkansas...offered for sale, at the Court-house door, in the town of Little Rock...the following described tracts or parcels of land...which have been for five years or upwards, stricken off to the Territory, for non-payment of the taxes and costs due thereon...Includes name of individual, description of land, and amount of back taxes.
Click To View: War Department Record:
Army and Army Air Corp WWII Dead and Missing; Searcy County, Arkansas...
Click To View: Arkansas Casualties of Korean Conflict
Full name index includes rank and branch of service, home town or county of record, casualty date, and type of casualty. If a family member is found in the index, you are invited to submit a picture of the individual to appear in the Those Who Served pages.
Click To View: Arkansas Casualties of Vietnam Conflict
Full name index includes rank and branch of service, home town or county of record, casualty date, and type of casualty. Feel free to submit family info and a picture of any family member found in the index.
Click To View: Arkansas Casualties of WWI
From Soldiers of the Great War, Volume I, 1920. Catagorized by Killed in Action, Died of Disease, Died of Wounds, and Died of Accident. Includes name of soldier, rank, and town they were from. One of my family members was a casualty, he appears in the Newton County Those Who Served pages...give me a holler if you lost family during this war, and pay tribute to them on the Those Who Served pages as well.
Click To View: Arkansas Casualties and Missing of WWII, Army and Army Air Forces Personnel
Listed under name of county...full name, serial number, rank, and type of casualty. As with all other military listings, if you find a family member in these records, and if you would like them to appear on the county Those Who Served pages, let me know.
Click To View: Arkansas Casualties of WWII, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel
Full name index includes rank, as well as the name, address and relationship of the next of kin. You are invited to submit info and a picture of your family that appear in this listing...those items will in turn be placed on county specific Those Who Served pages, with you listed as Family Contact.
Click To View: Revolutionary Soldiers As Shown By The Pension Rolls
From Pioneers and Makers of Arkansas by Josiah Hazen Shinn, 1908. Pension roll of the revolutionary soldiers alive in Arkansas in the counties named in 1833 and 1834...includes name, Arkansas county where they were living in 1833/1834, their age, and military unit in which they served.
Click To View: Arkansas Revolutionary War Pensioners
By an Act of Congress, under the direction of the Secretary of State, when the sixth U. S. Census was taken (1840), an effort was made to note all living Revolutionary War pensioners. The following year the info was published as 'A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services', printed by Blair and Rives, Washington Printing. The record includes the name, age, state and county of residence, as well as the Head of Household where the pensioner was living on June 1, 1840.
Click To View: Fraternal Orders of Arkansas
Secret Societies, Organizations, Groups, Associations...miscellaneous information on early fraternal groups of Arkansas, as well as pictures of groups, individuals, and grave markers of persons who belongs to various secret societies and orders. Grouped info containing member name, birthdate and birthplace, lodge or chapter #s, location, and postions held...
Click To View: Arkansas Memorials and Markers
There are memorial items all across the state, whether it be a town square or court house with monuments and memorials...historical society dedication displays...plaques that commemorate founding fathers or charter members of an organization......corner stone engravings...dedications to Veterans...markers that denote a historic trail or historical location...detailed momuments and memorials at cemeteries...the list goes on. All are interesting and welcomed here.
Click To View: Penitentiary Records...State of Arkansas
From record books found in the Saline County Court House. Deb Robinson and Cindy Gill transcribed the 1918-1920 portion of those records. Includes inmate name, serial number, and Arkansas county of residence at time of sentencing.
Click To View: Counties of Arkansas
Select Counties to visit by using County Buttons or Selection Map. Includes county addresses as well as phone numbers...
Click To View: Friend of ARF Library (Arkansas Families Library) Submitter Index:
This is not a complete index of persons who have submitted items to ARF. However, it does include Friends of ARF who have provided numerous items, or individuals who have worked on specific projects, and also includes submitters who have requested to appear on this page.
Click on any Friend of ARF name to view a linked index to items they have submitted to ARF Library as well as their most current e-mail address on file.
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