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County Resources, Garland County

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Garland County, Arkansas, Tombstone Records, Vol. 1, Eastern Area
By Bobbie Jones McLane and Inez E. Cline, ISBN 978-0-929604-17-6, 210 pages, $5.00 (so long as the original printing lasts)


Garland County, Arkansas, Tombstone Records, Vol. 2, Western Area
By Bobbie Jones McLane and Inez E. Cline, ISBN 978-0-929604-18-3, 235 pages, $25.00


Garland County, Arkansas, Tombstone Records, Vol. 3, City of Hot Springs
By Bobbie Jones McLane and Inez E. Cline, ISBN 978-0-929604-19-0, 327 pages, $35.00


- OR – Garland County, Arkansas, Tombstone Records, Three Volumes on CD, plus City of Hot Springs Death Records, 1896-1917
By Bobbie Jones McLane and Inez E. Cline, ISBN 978-0-929604-01-5, one CD, $29.95

In 1969, Bobbie and Inez, along with friends, inventoried all the cemeteries they could locate in Garland County and published these three volumes. Since that time, almost forty years have passed. Some of the stones have weathered, been damaged, or covered with soil, making this compilation even more valuable. The set is also available in .pdf (Adobe’s Portable Document Format) on one CD.


City of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Death Records, 1896-1917
By Bobbie Jones McLane, ISBN 978-0-929604-59-6, 270 pages, $29.00

This compilation contains all the extant records for 1896 through Sept. 1917, with some gaps (no 1910, no 1911 before April, no records from Feb. 1914 – July 1915). In all, there are 5,790 deaths, including local folks and a large number of visitors from all over the US. The book lists name, age, sex, race, marital status, date of death, birthplace, cause of death, occupation, physician, cemetery or place where body was shipped, and whether a resident or visitor. Also available in electronic format with the three-volume set of Garland County tombstone records (see above).


Arkansas Land Patents: Garland County
ISBN 1-56546-020-0, 97 pages, $14.00

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 Clark, Garland, Hot Spring, Montgomery, and Pike Counties
ISBN 0-941765-69-5, 44 pp, 1,846 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: Clark, Dallas, Garland, and Hot Spring Counties
Compiled by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-278-5, 110 pages, $17.00
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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 978-1-56546-543-5, $8.95


Index to Arkansas' World War I Soldiers from Garland and Hot Spring Counties
ISBN 1-56546-256-4, 42 pages, $15.00

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

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



FREE Garland 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.

Garland County Death Record Index 1914-1923

Garland County Death Record Index 1924-1933

Garland County Death Record Index 1934-1940

Garland County Death Record Index 1941-1948


Garland County was created: 5 April 1873.
Parent Counties: Hot Spring, Montgomery, Saline.
County Boundary Changes: Boundary with Montgomery changed 23 February 1917.
County Records: In 1906, C.D. Greaves reported the records "were complete until Feb. 25, 1905, when fire and heat charred, damaged, or destroyed everything except tax books of 1904 then in the hands of the collector. The deed and mortgage records, except two, have been recopied or reproduced as they were left after the fire, edges being badly burned and only portions legible. As records will have considerable value, these consist of books designated by alphabet (26) and about 39 by number, 1 to 39. Circuit court records were totally destroyed, 10 books; chancery records practically destroyed, book I has been recopied, 8 (A to H) being burned. Probate records all except last one destroyed; so also the county court records, the marriage license records were partially destroyed, one will record burned, one partially restored, mechanic's lien judgment record destroyed, probate docket partially restored, pending cases in chancery court partially saved, all law and probate papers destroyed. The county never had vaults. New courthouse just completed... has complete set of vaults." Garland County apparently had another serious fire in 1913.

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