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County Resources, Yell County

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Yell County, Arkansas, Newspaper Abstracts, 1875-1881, Three Volumes on CD
Compiled by Faye Greenwood Sandy, ISBN 978-1-56546-407-0, one CD, $19.95

Save money, save trees, save bookshelf space! These three Yell County volumes (described below) by Faye Greenwood Sandy can be yours on one CD.

Yell County, Arkansas, Newspaper Abstracts, 1881
Compiled by Faye Greenwood Sandy, ISBN 1-56546-188-6, 278 pages, $35.00
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Yell County, Arkansas, Newspaper Abstracts, 1880
Compiled by Faye Greenwood Sandy, ISBN 1-56546-187-8, 100 pages, $19.00
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Yell County, Arkansas, Newspaper Abstracts, 1875-1879
Compiled by Faye Greenwood Sandy, ISBN 1-56546-109-6, 339 pages, $39.00
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These wonderful volumes are crammed with births, deaths, marriages, accidents, murders, hangings, business news, legal notices, stories, biographical information, and news of every description from all over Arkansas. The newspaper was published in Dardanelle and much of the content is about Yell and surrounding counties. There are jury lists, unclaimed letters lists, church officials lists, fraternal groups lists, administrators lists, and details on thousands of people. If you have ancestors in or near Yell County (west central Arkansas) during this time period, you need these books even if your folks aren't in it -- the items paint a wonderful social history of the place and era. These books aren't just an index -- they contain transcriptions of virtually all the information found in the newspapers.

Plumerville Foundations, Early Conway and Yell Counties, Arkansas, History from 1851 to 1927: as told by Herbert A. Jones (1892-1979) and Sophronia Scroggin Smith (1851-1936)
By Joyce Hetrick, ISBN 1-56546-218-1, 201 pages, $29.50

This is a warm, reminiscent local history filled with photos and original documents. Anyone with Conway or Yell County roots will appreciate this wonderful history.

Arkansas Land Patents: Yell County
ISBN 1-56546-057-X, 83 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 Johnson, Logan, Perry, Pope, Scott and Yell Counties
ISBN 0-941765-61-X, 46 pp, 1,916 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: Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Pope, Scott, Sebastian, and Yell Counties
Compiled by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-279-3, 145 pages, $24.00
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Or buy this book in .pdf with electronic delivery (no shipping), ISBN 978-1-56546-544-2, $8.95


Index to Arkansas' World War I Soldiers from Logan, Scott, and Yell Counties
ISBN 1-56546-248-3, 58 pages, $15.00

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FREE Yell 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.

Yell County Death Record Index 1914-1923

Yell County Death Record Index 1924-1933

Yell County Death Record Index 1934-1940

Yell County Death Record Index 1941-1948


Yell County was created: 5 December 1840.
Parent Counties: Pope, Scott.
Progeny County: Logan 1871 (as Sarber).
County Records: In 1906, J.E. Chambers reported records complete since 1865. "In addition for the period prior to 1865, the county has the probate records from May 7, 1858, to Feb. 10, 1862; the marriage records from July 23, 1841, to Mar. 24, 1849; and the deed records from Mar. 2, 1841, to Dec. 4, 1848. The missing records were destroyed by fire during the War."

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