Saturday, December 1, 2012

Family Events for December

4 Dec 1831 – Julia Ann McAnear was born

6 Dec 1840 – Louisa J. Scarborough was born

11 Dec 1870 – Clara Etta Rose was born

15 Dec 1835 – Martha Emmaline Farris was born

15 Dec 1859 – William M. Saunders & Louisa J. Scarborough were married

16 Dec 1885 – William Alexander Blanton & Mirenda Samantha Mills were married

20 Dec 1798 – Henry Slaughter & Frances Kimbrough were married

24 Dec 1844 – Sarah Frances Slaughter was born

26 Dec 1900 – Wilbur Alexander Blanton was born

27 Dec 1821 – Isaac Blanton and Mary “Polly” were married

28 Dec 1859 – Rufus K. Prestidge and Sarah Frances Slaughter were married

Dec 1862 – Mary Jane Prestidge was born

Family Events for November

5 Nov 1874 – William Alexander Blanton and Margaret Ann Bockman were married
7 Nov 1926 – Bobby Lee Blanton was born
26 Nov 1827 – John Martin Blanton was born
29 Nov 1748 – James Scarborough was born

Monday, October 1, 2012

Family Events for October

3 Oct 1813 – Sarah Morris was born

3 Oct 1865 – James William Patterson and Sarah Ann DeLong were married

9 Oct 1823 – Hugh Wise and Cynthia Bickerstaff were married

15 Oct 1830 – Thomas L. Davis was born

17 Oct 1802 – Charlotte Huddleston was born

17 Oct 1853 – William Alexander Blanton was born

21 Oct 1803 – Alexander McAnear was born

22 Oct 1767 – Lawrence Scarborough was born

22 Oct 1896 – Mabel B. Nix was born

28 Oct 1906 – William Henry Saunders and Leona Caretta Plummer were married

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Family Events for September

3 Sept. 1845 – Georgia Ann Reid was born

10 Sept. 1850 – John Martin Blanton and Julia Ann McAnear were married

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Family Events for August

7 Aug 1840 – William H. Rose was born

17 Aug 1815 – James Gresham Davis & Martha “Patsy” Harvey were married

31 Aug 1902 – Thomas Edwin Nix & Anna Hutchins were married

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Family Events for July

5 July 1946 – Bobby Blanton & Zeta Griffith were married

11 July 1790 – John Rose & Margaret Stephens were married

12 July 1866 – David Henry Eddleman & Louisa J. Scarborough were married

18 July 1925 – Zeta Laverne Griffith was born

25 July 1900 – Josephine Milam Saunders was born

26 July 1811 – John Armstrong was born

Saturday, June 16, 2012

1940 U. S. Census Indexing Update

The 1940 FamilySearch indexing project has reached the halfway point!  Over 125,000 volunteers have indexed 75 million records and 18 states and territories are now searchable by name.  Texas is now 48% indexed.


To see an interactive map like the one above go to the FamilySearch indexing site here:

Friday, June 1, 2012

Family Events for June

2 June 1837 – Martin Van Buren Mills was born

8 June 1893 – Jordon Omer Griffith was born

9 June 1735 – Mary Frances Brothers was born

15 June 1882 – George Poynor Griffith & Nancy Caroline Davis married

20 June 1838 – Mary Frances Armstrong was born

24 June 1824 – James William Patterson was born

Friday, May 11, 2012

Family Events for May

6 May 1763 – Williamson Plant was born

9 May 1844 – William A. Slaughter and Sarah Jane Wise were married

23 May 1813 – William A. Slaughter was born

24 May 1797 – Elias Farris was born

26 May 1921 – Wilbur Blanton & Josephine Saunders were married

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Family Events for April

1 Apr 1809 – John Scarborough was born

16 Apr 1808 – Mary Faulkner was born

25 Apr 1863 – Mirenda Samantha Mills was born

27 Apr 1865 – William H. Rose and Margaret A. Rogers were married

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Family Events for March

12 Mar 1858 – George Poynor Griffith, Sr. was born

16 Mar 1850 – Hester A. Patterson was born

20 Mar 1776 – Henry Slaughter was born

24 Mar 1842 – Rufus K. Prestidge was born

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Family Events for February

3 Feb 1862  - William Henry Saunders was born

12 Feb 1824 - Jason Rose and Sarah DeLauder were married

14 Feb 1867 - William Rose and Hester A. Patterson were married

Friday, January 13, 2012

Searching the Family History Library Catalog

Sometimes it takes perseverance to find what you are looking for in the Family History Library (FHL) catalog.  Yesterday I was searching for copies of the early tax lists (1832-1836) of St. Francis County, Arkansas and I almost gave up my search too soon.

I began my search on the FHL Catalog search site on the new FamilySearch web site at:  I searched under Place-names for Arkansas, St. Francis.  Under Taxation they had two records: one showed tax records from various years from 1867 to 1890, and the other was real estate taxes from 1889 to 1890.  Neither of those would help me.

Then I went to the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives web site at  They had lists of county records which they have on microfilm.  On each listing, they gave the Arkansas Archives microfilm number, plus the FHL number for each film.  Every film except two  – the two which contained the 1832 to 1870 St. Francis County Tax Books – had a corresponding FHL film number.  So this indicated to me that the tax records which I needed had not been filmed by the FHL.

Not being one to give us easily, I went back to the FHL web site.  This time I went to the old site found at:  I searched that catalog for St. Francis County, Arkansas and found the same results that I had found on the new web site.  I even looked under all of the categories in St. Francis County to make sure that I was not overlooking the film.

I gave up my search for a while, but I just kept thinking that a copy of that film had to be somewhere else besides in the Arkansas Archives in Little Rock.  It just didn’t make sense that all of the other films for that county were at the FHL except the tax lists.

I went back to the FHL catalog for the third time and searched using several different search terms to try to find the film with the tax records. None of these searches turned up the tax lists that I needed.  It finally dawned on me to look in the State of Arkansas records in the FHL catalog.

So, I searched for Arkansas and found 164 topics in that category, including Taxation.  Under Taxation, I found Arkansas Tax Records, 1821 – 1884, Arkansas, State Auditor.  I clicked on the title and on View Film Notes (I was still on the old FHL site), scrolled down, and there it was: Arkansas county tax records St. Francis County, 1832-1836, 1838.  The exact records that I need!  Now why did they make these records so hard to find?  Why are they not listed under the St. Francis, Arkansas list?  Why does the Arkansas Archives web site not have the FHL film number for the tax records listed like all the other films?  Had I not kept looking and looking, I would never have found this set of films.

I went back to the new FHL Catalog site and did some searching.  I searched under Titles for St. Francis County Arkansas tax, St. Francis tax, and Arkansas tax.  The only time I got the results for the early tax records for St. Francis County was when I searched using only the search terms Arkansas tax.  So, you have to be creative when searching the FHL catalog. Don’t assume that all of the county records are listed under that county.  I will remember from now on when looking for county records to also check the state records because not all county records are listed under the county.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Family Events for January

12 January 1854 – Thomas L. Davis & Martha Emmaline Farris  were married

16 January 1866 – Thomas Edwin Nix was born

17 January 1914 – Jordon Omer Griffith & Mabel B. Nix were married

21 January 1860 – William Edwin Nix & Georgia Ann Reid were married

21 January 1862 – Nancy Caroline “Tommie” Davis was born

22 January 1860 – Martin Van Buren Mills & Mary Frances Armstrong were married

24 January 1796 – Martha “Patsy” Harvey was born

24 January 1831 – William Edwin Nix was born

31 January 1796 – James Gresham Davis was born