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Randolph County Marriage Records
World War II Records of Randolph County, Arkansas
By Burton Ray Knotts, ISBN 978-1-56546-465-0, 204 pages, $25.00
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Burton Ray Knotts has continued to add to the records of Randolph County's military history. He's compiled a detailed account of the units participating along with detailed biographies of the men who gave their lives for their country during the war. He's included newspaper accounts not only from the service men and women, but also about activities on the home front. He's added information about the air force base at Walnut Ridge. This is an important addition to Arkansas history.

From Randolph County, Arkansas, to Korea: 1950-1953
By Burton Ray Knotts, ISBN 978-1-56546-462-9, 143 pages, $24.00
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Burton Ray Knotts has completed a detailed history of the impact of the Korean War on Randolph County and its people. His new book includes a brief history of the war and the military units that served there. He pays special attention to the contemporary Randolph County newspaper accounts of the events surrounding the war-time experience.

World War I Records of Randolph County, Arkansas
By Burton Ray Knotts, ISBN 1-56546-334-X, 124 pages, $23.00
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Burton Ray Knotts has gathered all kinds of wonderful information about the activities at home and abroad of our World War I soldiers in Randolph County. He's included information published in the newspapers about men who were drafted, volunteered, disqualified, and exempted. So before you skip this book because you didn't have veterans, check the index anyway to see who else might have been mentioned. In addition, there are news items about the impact of the war on the people of the area.
Arkansas Land Patents: Randolph County
ISBN 1-56546-046-4, 82 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 Fulton, Independence, Izard, Lawrence, Randolph and Sharp Counties
ISBN 0-941765-59-8, 44 pp, 1,849 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: Lawrence, Randolph, and Sharp Counties
Compiled by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-269-6, 117 pages, $18.00
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Or buy this book in .pdf with electronic delivery (no shipping), ISBN 978-1-56546-534-3, $8.95

Index to Arkansas' World War I Soldiers from Lawrence, Randolph, and Sharp Counties
ISBN 1-56546-237-8, 58 pages, $15.00

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FREE Randolph 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.

Randolph County Death Record Index 1914-1923

Randolph County Death Record Index 1924-1933

Randolph County Death Record Index 1934-1940

Randolph County Death Record Index 1941-1948

Randolph County was created: 29 October 1835.
Parent County: Lawrence.
Progeny County: Clay 1873.
County Boundary Changes: Part of Lawrence attached 18 January 1861.
County Records: In 1906, J.W. Campbell reported the records complete from the formation of the county.

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