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Siftings from the Morrilton Democrat Newspaper, 1929, Published in Morrilton, Arkansas
Compiled by Cathy Barnes, ISBN 1-56546-106-1, 185 pages, $25.00
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Siftings from the Morrilton Democrat Newspaper, 1930, Published in Morrilton, Arkansas
Compiled by Cathy Barnes, ISBN 1-56546-111-8, 291 pages, $33.00
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Siftings from the Morrilton Democrat Newspaper, 1931, Published in Morrilton, Arkansas
Compiled by Cathy Barnes, ISBN 1-56546-125-8, 302 pages, $33.00
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The Morrilton Democrat, published in Conway County, Arkansas, was filled with all kinds of wonderful genealogical information. Cathy has extracted every item of value. Reading the book gives a great sense of what went on, providing insight into the lives of these folks.

Extracts from The Pilot Newspaper: Morrilton, Conway County, Arkansas, November 14, 1890 through May 4, 1894
Compiled by Cathy Barnes, ISBN 1-56546-104-5, 105 pages, $16.00
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The Pilot was only published from 1890 through about 1896 but it was a newsy little paper, filled with items about new babies and dead folks. The editor reported all the interesting deaths from shootings, drownings, accidents, old age, murder, mayhem, mishap, disease, and plain sudden death. He wrote about marriages and wedding anniversaries. His subjects were famous, infamous, and ordinary people. Cathy Barnes combed all the extant issues for scraps of genealogically valuable data and compiled a wonderful reference for researchers interested in Arkansas in general and Conway County in particular. Click on the "View the Index" link above and see if anyone you know is listed!

Echoes from The Arkansas Unit Newspaper, 1927, Published in Morrilton, Arkansas
Compiled by Cathy Barnes, ISBN 1-56546-205-X, 228 pages, $28.00
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Echoes from The Arkansas Unit Newspaper, 1926, Published in Morrilton, Arkansas
Compiled by Cathy Barnes, ISBN 1-56546-144-4, 240 pages, $28.00
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These wonderful volumes of abstracts are just as detailed as Cathy's other volumes. These books aren't just indexes; they're much more. Reading them is like being transported back in time to Conway County and browsing the daily papers. Browsing the articles gives you a sense of the day-to-day life of the people. Are your folks there? 

Cemeteries of Conway County, Arkansas: Griffin Township
Compiled by Betty F. Murray, ISBN 1-56869-097-5, 105 pages, $17.95

Conway County was established in 1825, and was settled early. Over 230 surnames and thousands of individuals are listed in this work. It covers the following cemeteries: Cato our County Line, Cedar Creek, Boatman Wells, Mount Zion, and Robertsville (Robertstown). These are in the general vicinity of Jerusalem, Arkansas.

Index to Conway County, Arkansas, Deed Books A and B, 1825-1843
By Pat McFall, ISBN 0-941765-48-2, 50 pages, $14.00
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During the 1825-1843 time period, Conway County included most of Faulkner and Perry, and parts of Pope, Van Buren, Cleburne, White, and Pulaski Counties. Deed records are important to researchers as they show land acquisition and disposition. This index leads you to original records with information about your ancestors.

Plumerville Foundations, Early Conway and Yell Counties, Arkansas, History from 1851 to 1927: as told by Herbert A. Jones (1892-1979) and Sophronia Scroggin Smith (1851-1936)
By Joyce Hetrick, ISBN 1-56546-218-1, 201 pages, $29.50

This is a warm, reminiscent local history filled with photos and original documents. Anyone with Plumerville roots will appreciate this wonderful history.

Arkansas Land Patents: Conway, Faulkner, and Perry Counties
ISBN 1-56546-014-6, 142 pages, $18.00

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 Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Stone, and Van Buren Counties
ISBN 0-941765-62-8, 36 pp, 1,291 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: Conway, Faulkner, and Perry Counties
Compiled by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-263-7, 87 pages, $16.00
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See our detailed explanation about donation and swamp lands under our "Land Records" category. (Then click your "back" browser button to return to this page.)

Or buy this book in .pdf with electronic delivery (no shipping), ISBN 978-1-56546-528-2, $8.95

Index to Arkansas' World War I Soldiers from Conway, Faulkner, and Perry Counties
ISBN 1-56546-251-3, 58 pages, $15.00

Click here to view a list of Conway County World War I Soldiers

Click here to learn more about these records on our World War I page

FREE Conway 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.

Remember, just like in horseshoes and nuclear war, "close" counts when it comes to spelling.

Conway County Death Record Index 1914-1923

Conway County Death Record Index 1924-1933

Conway County Death Record Index 1934-1940

Conway County Death Record Index 1941-1948

Conway County was created: 20 October 1825.
Parent County: Pulaski.
Progeny Counties: Faulkner 1873, Perry 1840, Van Buren 1833.
County Boundary Changes: NW boundary defined 27 October 1827, line with Pulaski defined 20 October 1828, part of Indian purchase annexed 22 October 1828, line with Pulaski and Independence defined 5 November 1831, part annexed to Pope 6 January 1853, part annexed to White 11 January 1853, line with Pope defined 28 May 1874.
County Records: Lewisburg, situated on the Arkansas River, was subject to periodic floods - some records were lost; a fire about 1899 destroyed and damaged some records; loose probate packets date from 1899.

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