New genealogical and history publication Monday, Apr 1 2013 

We are happy to announce that we can take orders for the second great research and history resource by Sharolyn and Patrick McCoy:

MountainMcCoyFtCVRBig Mountain to Washburn Prairie, 1860 – The Sugar Creek Hills of Southwest Missouri, by Sharolyn S. and Patrick L. McCoy, 2013. 258 pages, 6×9″, hardboound book, ISBN 978-0-9762329-1-9. This book is written in the same format and tenor as the authors previous work, Elkhorn Tavern”. Carefully transcribed for the reader, it is fully indexed and source cited for accuracy and clarity. Working from copies of the 8th Federal Census of 1860 are the families who made their home in this area of southwest Missouri in the census year. Included are the communities of Mountain Township, Shells Mills and Looniesville, Post Office, located in the southeastern corner of McDonald County, Missouri, and to its east Sugar Creek Township, Washburn Prairie & Keetsville Post Office, Barry County, Missouri. Located along the Arkansas border, these townships contained at census time a total enumeration of 337 households comprised of some +/- 2,081 souls. Included in the Appendix is a complete name transcription of the 1865 Benton County, Arkansas Tax List. At war’s end, the Court Clerks Office in Benton County, Arkansas assessed a tax list, as had been done in the years prior to the Civil War. Coroner and Collector Alfred Dean certified the tax list indicating “deceased” of those known to have passed away. In the absence of an off-year census, it is a known period record of the residents subject to taxation, many of whom had or subsequently would live in either Barry or McDonald Counties (Missouri) or had direct or allied family lines across the border. AD2387-$84.95

December 2012 E-Zine (V11#12): Genealogy Thursday, Dec 20 2012 

Oklahoma Resource from Arkansas –

University of Arkansas Little Rock, has placed online a database of Arkansas Territory court records. These include items from Indian Territory:

New November 2009 Travel Opportunity Saturday, Jun 6 2009 

November 4-13 – a Civil War tour through Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Tennessee. Travelers will be in Biloxi for the focus of UDC 2009 General Convention. This trip is hosted by Cowskin Prairie UDC Chapter #2611. Gregath is excited to be able to help with the “travel agent” aspects of the trip – including accepting PayPal and Cannons at ShilohVisa/MasterCard. Any adult is welcome, and there will be side trips for non UDC members during the Convention days. Reservations are only $950.00.


February 2007, V6#2: Genealogy Wednesday, Jan 7 2009 

The following was published in The Arkansas Genealogical Society E-zine, Volume 1, Number 4 (November 2006)

Contributed by Carolyn Earle Billingsley

Tips for Arkansas Researchers

Adding images to your family history should be part of every genealogist’s repertoire. Images like maps, pedigree charts, diagrams, and photos add interest and a personal touch to your research. But how many of you have thought about postcards?

Sometimes you don’t have an image of your grandfather visiting the courthouse, but you can still spice up your family history with a postcard image of that courthouse. In my case, for example, I don’t have a photo of my parents sitting on the steps of the high school where they graduated back in the 1940s, but I was able to find a postcard of the school that dated to that era.

You might be surprised how many post cards there are out there. E-bay is an excellent place for finding them.

And now has a large collection of postcards online. Here’s their press release about this new collection:

Source Information: Historical Postcards Collection, c. 1893-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:, Inc., 2006. Original data: Mary Martin Postcards (, Perryville, MD, USA.

About Historical Postcards Collection, c. 1893-1963:

This database contains approximately 50,000 postcards dating from about 1893-1963. About three-quarters of the postcards contain pictures from places within the United States, while the remaining fourth contains pictures from abroad. Information provided about each postcard includes:

Place information (city/town, county, state/province, country)
Postcard era (year range from which the postcard may be dated)

This database is primarily useful for obtaining a photograph or picture of a specific place in time. If you do not already have pictures of the places your ancestors lived, historical postcards are a good alternative to personal photos.

Ancestry’s collection even has an old postcard of the church my great-grandparents belonged to in Little Rock-and over 500 postcards of a variety of Arkansas sites. I especially liked the 1915 card of the old Confederate Soldiers Home, which has long since been torn down. The image includes the back side of the card, with the written message was written, along with the old stamp and the postmark.

So look around your relatives’ houses, poke around flea markets, search the Internet, peruse e-Bay, and check out for images to fill in those gaps in your family’s pictorial history.