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BOOKS

ARKANSAS LAND PATENTS:  EASTERN ARKANSAS COUNTIES
Allen, Desmond Walls & Bobbie Jones McLane
Conway, AR:  Arkansas Research, 19__

HISTORY OF MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, ARKANSAS
Edrington, Mabel Flanningan
Ocala, Fl:  Ocala Star-Banner, 1962

BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL MEMOIRS OF NORTHEASTERN  ARKANSAS
Goodspeed Publishing Company,  1889
Pages 445-470 include Mississippi County

SOME HISTORY OF THE WILSON METHODIST CHURCH
[S.L.:s.n.]   1985

The History of First Baptist Church : Blytheville, Arkansas
by Mary W. Wallace 
*note:   Out of Print according to Amazon.com

Mississippi County, Arkansas : appreciating the past, anticipating the future 
By Deanna Snowden
*note:  Out of Print according to Amazon.com

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, ARKANSAS, VITAL RECORDS:
     Land Entry Book  1826-1889
    Index to Wills    1862-1925
    Post Office History   1836-1974
    Complete 1840 Federal Census
    Slave Schedules, 1850 & 1860
    Mortality Records  1850-60-70
Wade, Ophelia Richardson
Bragg City, MO [s.n.]  O.R. Wade, 1973

THE GARDEN SPOT OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY -
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY IN THE ST. FRANCIS BASIN OF ARKANSAS
J.A. Fox,  Osceola, AR  1902

HISTORY OF KNOB
Signa Horton
(*this book I have only heard of, I don't have any other info on it)


MANUSCRIPTS

THE PREACHING RECORDS OF WILLIAM HENRY WARD (1825-1908)
Kept Between 1852 and 1908   William Henry Ward
Tom Wood, Vasalia, CA
Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987
William Henry Ward was a Methodist Episcopal Church South minister.  The records included are:
Baptisms, marriages and burials which he performed as a minister in Mississippi and Marion counties, AR.  Also included are Marion and Barry counties, MO.

ELMWOOD GROVE CEMETERY RECORDS, BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS
Original manuscript filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1958

BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS OF BLYTHEVILLE, DOGWOOD, ELMWOOD, MAPLEGROVE, MEMORIAL PARK, NORTH CHICKASAWBA, SANDY RIDGE, and SAWYER CEMETERIES.
Compiled by Ophelia Richardson Wade, 1969
Typescript


COUNTY RECORDS

Court, deed, marriage, probate, and tax records are generally available from the dates below to the present at the county courthouse.  The dates listed below are the earliest dates available and are available on film at Family History Centers and also at the Arkansas History Commission.


COURT RECORDS
Chancery Court records, 1865 - 1881  *note that a couple of the pages of these records were headed "Circuit  Court instead of   "Chancery Court".

Circuit Court record index, 1886 - 1887
Circuit Court records, 1866 - 1878,  1904 - 1910
Circuit Court  -  Honorable Discharge papers - *see Military Records
County Court records,  1865 - 1879


LAND RECORDS
Deed Index, volume A-E,  1865-1924
Deeds, volume 1, 1865-1867
Deeds, volume 2-3,  1867-1873
Deeds, volume 4-6 , 1872-1875
          (*note:  contains vol. 6 to page 281 and is continued)
Deeds, volume 6-8,  1875-1879
         (*note:  vol. 6  p282 through end)
         (*note:  vol. 8 to p387 and is continued)
Deeds, volume 8-10,  1879-1881
           (*note:  vol. 8  p388 through end)
           (*note:  vol. 10 to page 401 and is continued)
Deeds, volume 10-12,  1881-1883
         (*note:  vol. 10  p402 through end)
           (*note:  vol. 12 to p555 and is continued)
Deeds, volume 12-14,  1884-1888
         (*note:  vol. 12 p 556 through end)
Deeds, volume 15,  1881-1891
Original Plat Survey, Chickasawba District
Original Entry and Plat Book


MARRIAGE RECORDS
Marriages listed prior to 1900 are for the entire country, while those recorded after 1900 are for the Osceola District only.

Marriages, volume 1, 1867-1870  (these marriages actually begin in 1861.  Go figure.)
                 volume 2, 1866-1874   (includes Ministers' Credentials 1874-1912)
                 *no volume number, 1874-1874
                 volume 3, 1875-1879
                 volume 4, 1879-1883
                 volume 5, 1883-1887
                 volume 5 (6?), 1887-1890
                 volume 7, 1890-1894
                 volume 8, 1893-1895
                 volume 9, 1896-1898
                 volume 10, 1898-1900
                 volume 11, 1900-1902
                 volume 12, 1902-1904
                 volume 13, 1904-1906
                 volume 14, 1906-1908
                 volume 15, 1908-1910
                 volume 16, 1910-1912
                 volume 17, 1912-1914
                 volume 18, 1914-1916
                 volume 19, 1915-1916
                 volume 20, 1916-1917
                 volume 21, 1917-1919
                 volume 22, 1919-1920
                 volume 23, 1920-1921


MILITARY RECORDS
Honorable discharge papers signed and filed by the Circuit Court, circa 1918 - circa 1944.
Soldiers' and Sailors' discharges, 1919-1932
Soldiers' and Sailors' discharges, 1919-1940
Discharge certificates in lieu of lost of destroyed certificates, 1932-1949


PROBATE RECORDS
Administrators' and guardians' bonds and letters - Osceola district,  1869-1906
Probate Court record, volume 1,  1865-1879
Probate Court record, volume 2,  1880-1893
Wills - Chickasawba district,  1904-1920
Wills - Administrators' and guardians' letters - Osceola district,  1866-1909
Wills - Osceola district,  1910-1919
Wills - Osceola district,  1918-1925


CENSUS RECORDS
Mortality Schedules:  1850, 1860, 1870
Federal Census:   1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920


CHURCH RECORDS

CHURCH RECORD INVENTORY BY THE  WPA
The following church records existed at the time of the Historical Records Survey of Arkansas in 1938.  These records were generally held in the custodianship of each individual church and may have included information such as marriages, membership rolls, baptisms, burials, etc.  The latest existing date given in these records is 1938, which is the year in which the survey was taken.  However, many of the churches listed continued to keep records until the present time.  The following church records were reported in the Arkansas Historical Records Survey.  Little Rock:  Work Projects Administration, 1942, No. 2.

BAPTIST
Blytheville
     Clear Lake Baptist Church records  1897-[1938]. (op.cit.p 366)
     Gosnell Baptist Church records, 1891-1926,  1933-[1938].  (op.cit. p 366)
     Mary's Chapel records,  1891-1917,  1925-1932,  1936-[1938].  (op.cit. p 366)
     Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church records,  1895-[1938].  (op.cit. p 367)

METHODIST
Blytheville
     Promised Land Methodist Church records,  1899-[1938]. (op.cit. p 370)

Manila
     Methodist Church records,  1880-[1938].   (op.cit. p 379)

Osceola
     Methodist Church records,  1885-1903,  1906,  1918-19. (op.cit. p 382)

PRESBYTERIAN
Osceola
     First Methodist Church records,  1881-[1938].  (op.cit. p 382)


OTHER CHURCH RECORDS
Wilson
      First Baptist Church records, August 1925-1962.  Publication #1371

Available on microfilm for purchase from
          Historical Commission, Southern Baptist Convention
          127 9th Avenue North
          Nashville, TN  37234

 


 
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