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County Resources, Searcy County

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Marshall Mountain Wave Obituaries, Searcy County, Arkansas, 1976-2005 on CD
Collected by John T. Sanders, Sr., Indexed by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 978-1-56546-403-2, one CD, $39.95

NEW! All six books listed below are now available on one CD. Save money, save trees, save bookshelf space. Here's this marvelous collection of Searcy County obits right at your fingertips. These books contain copies of the actual obits clipped from the newspapers.

Index to Marshall Mountain Wave Obituaries, Searcy County, Arkansas, 1976-2005
Collected by John T. Sanders, Sr., Indexed by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-327-7, 139 pages, $23.00

Newspaper obituaries are like little treasure chests for genealogists. They tell not only the events surrounding the death itself, but often supply the names of relatives, living and dead, so genealogists can connect them to family groups. These wonderful obits from the Marshall Mountain Wave newspaper go beyond the bare-bones obits we often find in the state paper - they tell what made each person special. This book contains an index (and only an index - for full obits, see below) to the 6,800 people for whom the Wave published obituaries from 1976 through 2005. Each entry in this index lists the full name of the person, age, residence (or a note about where the funeral or death took place), death date, and the issue of the MMW in which the death was reported.

If you're wishing for the full obituaries? Well, the books listed below have photocopies of each of the obits. Read on...


Marshall Mountain Wave Obituaries, Searcy County, Arkansas, 1976-1981
Collected by John T. Sanders, Sr., Indexed by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-329-3, 318 pages, $36.00
Click here to view the index


Marshall Mountain Wave Obituaries, Searcy County, Arkansas, 1982-1987
Collected by John T. Sanders, Sr., Indexed by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-330-7, 287 pages, $33.00
Click here to view the index


Marshall Mountain Wave Obituaries, Searcy County, Arkansas, 1988-1993
Collected by John T. Sanders, Sr., Indexed by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-331-5, 302 pages, $34.00
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Marshall Mountain Wave Obituaries, Searcy County, Arkansas, 1994-1999
Collected by John T. Sanders, Sr., Indexed by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-332-3, 364 pages, $39.00
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Marshall Mountain Wave Obituaries, Searcy County, Arkansas, 2000-2005
Collected by John T. Sanders, Sr., Indexed by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-328-5, 430 pages, $47.00
Click here to view the index


SET of all 5 books: Marshall Mountain Wave Obituaries, Searcy County, Arkansas, 1976-2005
Collected by John T. Sanders, Sr., Indexed by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-333-1,
SET of all 5 books listed above, $170.00

What's better than an index to newspaper obituaries? Why, the obits themselves, of course. In the five books described above, we've included actual photocopies of the obits. They aren't transcribed; they're pasted up, scrap-book fashion, with an index to them in the front of each book. It can't get any better than this! John T. Sanders, Sr., of North Little Rock, collected these obits and we asked Al Tilley, the newspaper's owner, for permission to offer them to genealogists. Are your folks here? You'll be surprised at the number of people from out-of-state who are included - all have ties to Searcy County.

Arkansas Land Patents: Searcy County
ISBN 1-56546-048-0, 85 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 Carroll, Baxter, Boone, Madison, Marion, Newton and Searcy Counties
ISBN 0-941765-56-3, 44 pp, 1,620 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: Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Fulton, Izard, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Stone Counties
Compiled by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-280-7, 89 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 978-1-56546-545-9, $8.95


Index to Arkansas' World War I Soldiers from Baxter, Fulton, Izard, Marion, Searcy, Stone, and Van Buren Counties
ISBN 1-56546-236-X, 69 pages, $15.00

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

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



FREE Searcy 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.

Searcy County Death Record Index 1914-1923

Searcy County Death Record Index 1924-1933

Searcy County Death Record Index 1934-1940

Searcy County Death Record Index 1941-1948


Searcy County was created: 13 December 1838.
Note: Marion county was originally named Searcy 1835-1836.
Parent County: Marion.
Progeny Counties: Baxter 1873, Stone 1873, Van Buren 1833.
County Boundary Changes: Line with Van Buren defined 2 October 1853, lines with Van Buren and Marion defined 20 October 1855.
County Records: In 1906, Ed Mayes reported destruction of the records in Jan. 1864, partial destruction in March 1877, and destruction again in Aug. 1885. "All records prior to 1881 are missing except deed record A, one chancery court record, one probate court record, one circuit court record."

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