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Marriage Records of Boone County, Arkansas, 1869-1916
Compiled by Boone County Genealogical Society, ISBN 1-56546-259-9, 224 pages, $29.50
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Marriage records are among the most valuable records genealogists use. The records in this book were compiled by members of Boone County Genealogical Society, and they've done a thorough job on these 7000+ marriages. The book lists the full names of the brides and grooms, there residences when given in the record, their ages, the dates of the marriages, record volume citation, and officiating minister or justice of the peace. For the convenience of researchers, the book is arranged in one alpha sequence, so brides and grooms are completely indexed. Boone County in your roots? Then this book is a must-have for your library.

This Day Our Daily Bread-Tomorrow the Journey: Valley Springs Training School, 1922-1937
By Charles & Sue Lewis, ISBN 1-56869-042-8, 118 pages, $19.00

This volume, initially published in 1994, contains the history of Valley Springs Training School from its founding in 1921 by the North Arkansas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Located near Harrison in Boone County, the school was established to teach the students not only the three-Rs but practical skills as well. The Lewises worked with many people to gather the final material for this book. There are photos, personal remembrances, souvenirs and more as well as lists of students and sketches on some of the leaders.

Arkansas Land Patents: Boone County
ISBN 1-56546-006-5, 114 pages, $16.00

What are land patents? All of what is now Arkansas was once owned by the federal government--it is a public domain land state. People who purchased land from the federal government received documents called land patents. Land was obtained through purchase, military warrants, homesteads, scrip acts and other laws that allowed the land to be transferred out of federal hands. The paperwork generated in those sales can be very helpful to genealogists. Copies of the land patents make interesting additions to published family histories but the land entry case files are most apt to have helpful details about families or clues that help piece together information from other sources.

What information is included? The county volumes of land patents list patentee's name, volume and page of the patent book, land office, document and miscellaneous document numbers, type of transaction, precise legal description, and number of acres. Introductory information describes in great detail how to get copies of the patents and land entry case files, how to use other land record sources, how to integrate the information with other sources, what is found in a typical homestead case file, where and when the Arkansas land offices operated, and a selected bibliography. County maps are also included. The time period covered by this information is earliest settlement through 30 June 1908. Information from 156,784 patent documents is included. These county volumes are based on current-day county boundaries.

Arkansas Confederate Pension Applications from Carroll, Baxter, Boone, Madison, Marion, Newton and Searcy Counties
ISBN 0-941765-56-3, 44 pp, 1,620 veterans, $10.00

This book is an index to Confederate veterans who applied for pensions from the State of Arkansas. Information includes: veteran's name, widow or mother's name, company, unit, year(s) of enrollment, county from which applied and death dates of the veteran and his widow. Also included is a list of pensioners granted awards through legislative acts and a list of residents of the Confederate Home. Pensioners in this book are cross-referenced to the 1911 Arkansas Confederate Veteran census. A detailed summary of pension legislation and suggestions for further research are included. Pensions were based on the state of residence at the time of eligibility.

Arkansas State Donation and Swamp Lands: Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Fulton, Izard, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Stone Counties
Compiled by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-280-7, 89 pages, $16.00
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Index to Arkansas' World War I Soldiers from Boone, Carroll, Madison, and Newton Counties
ISBN 1-56546-235-1, 54 pages, $15.00

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FREE Boone County Death Record Indexes

The following links lead you to death record indexes for specified time periods. The information in these indexes is taken straight from Arkansas Health Department records. Click here to visit the Health Department's website for more information about ordering a death certificate. We've been selling this information in book form for some time, but have decided to make it available free to all our cousins researching our Arkansas ancestors. Click here to see details about the books.

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Boone County Death Record Index 1914-1923

Boone County Death Record Index 1924-1933

Boone County Death Record Index 1934-1940

Boone County Death Record Index 1941-1948

Boone County was created: 9 April 1869.
Parent Counties: Carroll and Madison.
County Boundary Changes: Line with Marion defined by Act of 9 December 1875.
County Records: J.R. Newman in 1906 said the county records were complete but were not housed in fire-proof vaults.

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