Researching and Preserving Your Arkansas History
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Arkansas State Capitol Building, Room 171
Presented by the Arkansas History Commission
9:30 a.m. Russell Baker
“The Blue and the Gray: Researching the Genealogy of Civil War Soldiers and their Families”
The American Civil War, 1861-1865, saw millions of men under arms. Their records created both during and after the War, form one of the fundamental sources for family history research in this country. Russell Baker will discuss Civil War military service and pension records as tools for researching the lives of 19th Century Americans.
10: 30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Derek Clements
“The Value of Photographs as Research Tools: Pictures Really Do Say a Thousand Words!”
Using the collection of 1911 Confederate Veteran Reunion Photographs at the Arkansas History Commission, Derek Clements discusses the importance of photographs as primary resource tools. The audience will be asked to participate in the scrutiny of photographs during the presentation.
11:30 a.m. Peggy Lloyd
“Using Early Arkansas County Court Records”
The proceedings of the Hempstead County, Arkansas County Court (also known as the Quorum Court) contain all the business of the county, including roads, bridges, public buildings, school districts, and numerous other responsibilities. These records remained handwritten well into the 1920s. The Public Works Administration, a Depression-era agency, typed transcriptions of them and indexed the names of persons mentioned. Peggy Lloyd will discuss the evolution of county government as well as the development of the county’s infrastructure and the roles of individuals in this process.
This workshop is free to the public.