The Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock, in cooperation with the Genealogical Society of Utah, has just completed the microfilming of historic Prairie County records at the courthouses in Des Arc and DeValls Bluff. The filming is part of an ongoing cooperative project began in 1976 that has copied county records from each Arkansas county. Microfilming projects such as this protect public records from possible destruction by fire, flood, and other disasters by copying the information found in them onto 35mm microfilm. It also improves public access by placing copies of the film at additional locations such as the History Commission Research Room in Little Rock and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
At the Des Arc Courthouse marriage records dating from 1924 to 1954, Chancery Court records from 1876 to 1929, and deed records dating from 1887 to 1904 were filmed. At the DeValls Bluff courthouse marriage records dating from 1924 to 1962, Chancery Court records from 1886 to 1933, and Deed Records from 1886 to 1902 were copied. These rolls will be added to the History Commission’s current collection for this county. For additional information on the History Commission’s collections, visit its website at www.ark-ives.com or call 501.682.6900.