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County Resources, Hot Spring County

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Marriage Records of Hot Spring County, Arkansas, 1825-1880
By Bobbie Jones McLane, ISBN 0-929604-21-0, 155 pages, $19.00

In this volume, grooms' names are listed alphabetically and there is a bride index. In 1830, Hot Spring County included much of what was later Garland, Montgomery and northern Polk Counties; also western portions of Saline and Grant Counties. In 1840, Hot Spring County included even more of western Saline County and southern Perry and Yell Counties. By 1850 and 1860, Hot Spring County had been reduced in size but still included much of what later became Garland County, western Grant and a small portion of Saline County.

Hot Spring County, Arkansas, 1860 United States Census
By Bobbie Jones McLane, ISBN 978-0-929604-38-1, 83 pages, $14.00

This compilation was first published in 1985, long before the days of online access to original copies of the federal census schedules. This transcription, however, is still valuable because it presents the information in a different format, enabling researchers' eyes to catch something they might otherwise miss.

Arkansas Land Patents: Hot Spring County
ISBN 1-56546-023-5, 60 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 Hot Spring County World War I Soldiers

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

FREE Hot Spring 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.

Hot Spring County Death Record Index 1914-1923

Hot Spring County Death Record Index 1924-1933

Hot Spring County Death Record Index 1934-1940

Hot Spring County Death Record Index 1941-1948

Hot Spring County was created: 2 November 1829.
Parent County: Clark.
Progeny Counties: Garland 1873, Grant 1869, Montgomery 1842.
County Boundary Changes: Lands annexed from Saline 22 March 1838, line with Saline defined 23 December 1846, line with Montgomery changed 27 December 1848, line with Saline changed 18 February 1859 and 19 January 1861, line with Clark and Dallas changed 3 April 1869, line with Clark, Saline and Montgomery changed 5 April 1873.
County Records: In 1906, W.H. Cooper pronounced the records complete since the formation of the county and kept in fire-proof vaults.

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