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County Resources, Desha County

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Desha County, Arkansas, Marriage Books A-C, 1852-1875
By Bobbie Jones McLane, ISBN 978-0-929604-16-9, 81 pages, $15.00

Bobbie transcribed these marriages back in the 1960s but this is the first time they've been published. She listed brides' and grooms' names, ages, residences (if they were outside Ashley County), date of marriage, citation, and officiants' names and titles. The records are in alpha order by grooms' names with a brides' index.

Arkansas Land Patents: Arkansas, Chicot, and Desha Counties
ISBN 1-56546-001-4, 124 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 Eastern Arkansas (Arkansas, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Greene, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett and St. Francis Counties)
ISBN 0-941765-57-1, 50 pp, 1,917 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: Arkansas, Chicot, and Desha Counties
Compiled by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-271-8, 176 pages, $25.00
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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 978-1-56546-536-7, $8.95

Index to Arkansas' World War I Soldiers from Arkansas, Chicot, and Desha Counties
ISBN 1-56546-242-4, 71 pages, $15.00

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

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

FREE Desha 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.

Desha County Death Record Index 1914-1923

Desha County Death Record Index 1924-1933

Desha County Death Record Index 1934-1940

Desha County Death Record Index 1941-1948

Desha County was created: 12 December 1838.
Parent County: Arkansas.
Progeny County: Lincoln 1871.
County Boundary Changes: Part annexed to Drew 21 January 1861, part of Chicot attached 10 February 1879, part of Lincoln attached 10 March 1879, line with Lincoln changed 27 March 1925.
County Records: Information from the Arkansas History Commission indicates record loss from a courthouse fire in the 1860s.

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