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Guide to '''Conway County Arkansas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Conway County, Arkansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
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|organized=  October 20,  1825
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|county seat= Morrilton
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|parent county= [[Pulaski County, Arkansas Genealogy|Pulaski]] <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Faulkner County, Arkansas Genealogy|Faulkner]]
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|county2= [[Perry County, Arkansas Genealogy|Perry]]
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|county3= [[Pope County, Arkansas Genealogy|Pope]]
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|county4= [[Van Buren County, Arkansas Genealogy|Van Buren]]
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|county5= [[Yell County, Arkansas Genealogy|Yell]]</br><center>[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
| county = Conway County
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=== Description ===
  
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{AR Courthouse Intro|Conway}}
  
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'''Conway County Courthouse'''<br>117 South Moose Street; <br>Morrilton, AR 72110<br>Phone 501.354.9621<br>[http://www.arcounties.org/counties/detail/17?width=700&height=600&iframe=true Conway County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1858 and probate records. <br>The Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and land records.<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
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=== Conway County, Arkansas ===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records<ref>Alice Eichholz, ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1914*
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1858
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1914*
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1842
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1825
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1837
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| colspan="7" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's</center>
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| founded year = 1825
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=== Record Loss ===
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*'''1899''' - Fire about 1899 destroyed and damaged some records.  Lewisburg, situated on the Arkansas River, was subject to periodic floods, also resulting in some record loss.
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| founded date = October 20
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{AR Boundary Changes Intro|Conway}}
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*'''1825--'''Conway County was created 20 October 1825&nbsp;from [[Pulaski County, Arkansas Genealogy|Pulaski]] County.
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*'''County seat:''' Morrilton<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><br>
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For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps"] (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
| seat wl = Morrilton
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{AR Populated Places Intro|Conway}}
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The following are locations in Conway County, Arkansas:
  
| building address = [http://www.arkansasties.com/Conway/Attractions/CourtHouse/Courthouse.htm Conway County Courthouse]<br>117 South Moose Street; <br>Morrilton, AR 72110<br>Phone 501.354.9621 <br>
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{AR Historical Timeline Intro|Conway}}
  
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Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Conway County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>Mary Ellen Guffey Brents, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=759&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 12, 2016), “Conway County.”</ref>
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== County Courthouse  ==
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*1803 - Up to about 1803 Conway County’s early settlers came by way of the Arkansas River and included trappers, traders, and fugitives.
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*1803 The county was under French and Spanish rule before the Louisiana Purchase put it under American control.
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*1825 October 20 - Conway County was created by the Arkansas General Assembly.
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*1817-1828 - Tthe Western Cherokee occupied a reservation in Arkansas that included a great deal of Conway County.
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*1828 - The Cherokee in Arkansas signed a treaty swapping this reservation for lands west of the territorial border.
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*1872 - The Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad was completed through the county.
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*1910 - The population of Conway County hit its peak.
  
[http://www.arkansasties.com/Conway/Attractions/CourtHouse/Courthouse.htm Conway County Courthouse]<br>117 South Moose Street; <br>Morrilton, AR 72110<br>Phone 501.354.9621 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1858<br>and probate records; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce<br>and land records<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.</ref>
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== Resources ==
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{{AR Resources Intro|Conway}}
  
== History  ==
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{AR Bible Intro|Conway}}
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{AR Biographies Intro|Conway}}
  
*'''1825--'''Conway County was created 20 October 1825&nbsp;from [[Pulaski County, Arkansas|Pulaski]] County. '''County seat:''' Morrilton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7220 Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Conway County] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{AR Business Records Intro|Conway}}
  
See an interactive map of Conway County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes] at N2Genealogy.
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{AR Cemeteries Intro|Conway}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Conway County, Arkansas''' online and in print</center>
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=smith&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=4&GScnty=107&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Find A Grave] Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=3 Arkansas Gravestones] enter a name and click "Search"
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#given_names=&family_names=smith&birth_year=&death_year=&year_range=5&lim=0&num=10&action=search&exact=true&phonetic=false&record_type=0&country=United+States&state=Arkansas&county=0 Billion Graves] Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Conway|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Conway+county+Arkansas=Conway+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=107 Find A Grave] Click '''Search for a Cemetery''' on the right, click '''All Countries''' - click '''United States''', click '''State''', click '''County''' and search.
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=3 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/conway-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/conway/conway.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/conway.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arconway/cems.htm ARGenWeb]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/conway/conway.htm RootsWeb]
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*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Arkansas Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Census Records ===
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{{AR Census Intro|Conway}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{AR Church Intro|Conway}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{AR Court Intro|Conway}}
  
*[[Faulkner County, Arkansas|Faulkner]]
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=== Directories ===
*[[Perry County, Arkansas|Perry]]
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{{AR Directories Intro|Conway}}
*[[Pope County, Arkansas|Pope]]
 
*[[Van Buren County, Arkansas|Van Buren]]
 
*[[Yell County, Arkansas|Yell]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{AR Emigration Intro|Conway}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{AR Ethnic Groups Intro|Conway}}
  
==== Church  ====
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==== African Americans ====
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{{AR African Americans Intro|Conway}}
  
==== Court  ====
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* '''1864-1872''' {{RecordSearch|2328125|Arkansas Freedman's Bureau Office Records|access=browse}} an {{AR Link 2 FS Historical Collections}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — Free, browse images. Labor contracts, amnesty oaths, and marriage certificates, letters
  
==== Land ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{AR Funeral Homes Intro|Conway}}
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{AR Genealogies Intro|Conway}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{AR Guardianship Intro|Conway}}
  
==== Military  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QC-VNY%3A353226801%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1826-1937] Conway County portion of the collection: {{RecordSearch|2061549|''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979''|access=browse}}: ''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Administration and guardian bonds and letters 1859-1904; Probate record index 1840-1873; Probate records 1837-1886; Wills 1826-1937.
  
===== ''Civil War'' <br>  =====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{AR Land Intro|Conway}}
  
Men from this county served in the [[1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles|1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate)]]<sup>1</sup>, [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)]],<sup>2</sup><sup></sup>&nbsp; [[31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry|31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]], Companies C and G.<sup>3</sup><br>
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{AR Histories Intro|Conway}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <sup>1.&nbsp; Allen, Desmond Walls. ''First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles'' (Desmond Walls Allen: Conway AR, 1988) p. 2.</sup><br>
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{{AR History Intro}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <sup>2.&nbsp; Allen, Desmond Walls. ''Third Arkansas Union Cavalry'' (Desmond Walls Allen: Conway, Arkansas) 1987, pp. 33-92.</sup><br>
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*Park, Hugh. ''Historical reminiscenses and biographical memoirs of Conway County, Arkansas''. Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE2192650 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free)
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*'''''Historical Reminiscences and Biographical Memoirs of Conway County, Arkansas.''''' Little Rock, AR: Arkansas Historical Publishing, 1890. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7220 Ancestry.com] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7220 Biographical and Historical Memoris of Conway County] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<sup>3.&nbsp; Bass, Ronald R. History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, 1996) p. 12</sup><br>
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{AR Maps Intro|Conway}}
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{{AR Neighboring Counties Intro|{{ARConway County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{AR Migration Intro|Conway}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{AR Military Intro|Conway}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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==== Civil War ====
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{{AR Civil War Intro|Conway}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{AR Civil War Regiments|Conway}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]], Company I
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:- [[10th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|10th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]]
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:- [[36th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|36th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry&nbsp;(Confederate)]], Companies F and I
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Men from this county served in the [[1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles|1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate)]],<ref>Desmond Walls Allen, ''First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles'' (Conway, Ark.: privately published, 1988), 2.</ref> Company I; [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)]]<ref>Desmond Walls Allen, ''Third Arkansas Union Cavalry'' (Conway, Ark.: privately published, 1987), 33-92.</ref> , Companies A, B, C, D, G, H, K, and L; [[31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry|31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]], Companies C and G.<ref>Ronald R. Bass, ''History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry'' (Conway, Ark.: Arkansas Research, 1996), 12.</ref>
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'''Online Records
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932392|Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{AR Naturalization Intro|Conway}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{AR Newspapers Intro|Conway}}
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{{AR Newspapers|Conway}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{AR Obituaries Intro|Conway}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{AR Other Records Intro|Conway}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{AR Periodicals Intro|Conway}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{AR Probate Intro|Conway}}
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{{AR Vital Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records
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*'''1783 – 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8638 Arkansas Wills and Probate Records 1783-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QC-VNY%3A353226801%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1826-1937] Conway County portion of the collection: {{RecordSearch|2061549|''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979''|access=browse}}: ''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Administration and guardian bonds and letters 1859-1904; Probate record index 1840-1873; Probate records 1837-1886; Wills 1826-1937.
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=== School Records ===
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{{AR Schools Intro|Conway}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{AR Tax Intro|Conway}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{AR Vital Intro|Conway}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Birth Intro|Conway}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Conway}}
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*'''1851 - 1952''' - Conway County Marriage Books 1-3, A-Z, 27-37 Index 1851-1952 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc">FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "[[Arkansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]," in ''FamilySearch Wiki.''</ref>
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*'''1851 - 1923''' - Conway County Marriage Books C-W Index 1851-1923 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igiarkansasad.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Death ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Death Intro|Conway}}
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==== Divorce ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Conway}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{AR Research Facilities Intro|Conway}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{AR Archives Intro|Conway}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Libraries ===
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{{AR Libraries Intro|Conway}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{AR Museums Intro|Conway}}
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== Societies ==
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{{AR Societies Intro|Conway}}
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'''Conway County Genealogical Society'''<br> P.O. Box 865 <br>Morrilton, Arkansas 72110 <br> E-mail: [mailto:conwaycountygenealogy@yahoo.com conwaycountygenealogy@yahoo.com]<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arccga/?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0001231185&o_lid=0001231185&o_sch=Affiliate+External Website]<br><br>
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'''River Valley Genealogy Society''' <br> Farm Bureau Building<br> 201 E. Shady Lane<br> Morrilton, Arkansas<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arrvgs/main_page.htm?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0001231185&o_lid=0001231185&o_sch=Affiliate+Externa Website]<br>Covers: Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pope, Yell and Van Buren counties.
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.<br>
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== Websites ==
*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Conway|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{AR Websites Intro|Conway}}
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Conway/ Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
  
== References  ==
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* [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arconway/ ARGenWeb]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/conway/conwpub.htm USGenWeb Archives]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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* [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Conway/ RootsWeb]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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Latest revision as of 19:57, 20 September 2017

United States
Arkansas
Conway County
 

Guide to Conway County, Arkansas ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Morrilton
Organized: October 20, 1825
Parent County(s): Pulaski [1]
Neighboring Counties
Faulkner  • Perry  • Pope  • Van Buren  • Yell
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Conway County Courthouse
117 South Moose Street;
Morrilton, AR 72110
Phone 501.354.9621
Conway County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1858 and probate records.
The Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and land records.[2]

Conway County, Arkansas

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1858 1914* 1842 1825 1837
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

  • 1899 - Fire about 1899 destroyed and damaged some records. Lewisburg, situated on the Arkansas River, was subject to periodic floods, also resulting in some record loss.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

  • 1825--Conway County was created 20 October 1825 from Pulaski County.
  • County seat: Morrilton[4]

For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps" (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Conway County, Arkansas:

History Timeline

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Conway County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [5]

  • 1803 - Up to about 1803 Conway County’s early settlers came by way of the Arkansas River and included trappers, traders, and fugitives.
  • 1803 The county was under French and Spanish rule before the Louisiana Purchase put it under American control.
  • 1825 October 20 - Conway County was created by the Arkansas General Assembly.
  • 1817-1828 - Tthe Western Cherokee occupied a reservation in Arkansas that included a great deal of Conway County.
  • 1828 - The Cherokee in Arkansas signed a treaty swapping this reservation for lands west of the territorial border.
  • 1872 - The Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad was completed through the county.
  • 1910 - The population of Conway County hit its peak.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Conway County, Arkansas online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
  • Find A Grave Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
  • Arkansas Gravestones enter a name and click "Search"
  • Billion Graves Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Arkansas Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

African Americans

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1826-1937 Conway County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration and guardian bonds and letters 1859-1904; Probate record index 1840-1873; Probate records 1837-1886; Wills 1826-1937.

Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for {{{1}}} County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. Click for a brief Timeline History of the county. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

  • Park, Hugh. Historical reminiscenses and biographical memoirs of Conway County, Arkansas. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976.
  • Historical Reminiscences and Biographical Memoirs of Conway County, Arkansas. Little Rock, AR: Arkansas Historical Publishing, 1890. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)
  • Biographical and Historical Memoris of Conway County at Ancestry.com ($)

Maps and Gazetteers

Click on a neighboring county to go to the wiki page.
Conway CountyFaulkner CountyPerry CountyYell CountyPope CountyVan Buren CountyCleburne CountyPulaski CountySaline CountyJohnson CountyNewton CountySearcy CountyStone CountyARConway (2).jpg

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Conway County served in various regiments and companies. Those listed below were specifically formed in this county:

- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Company I
- 10th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 36th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies F and I

Men from this county served in the 1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate),[6] Company I; 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[7] , Companies A, B, C, D, G, H, K, and L; 31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies C and G.[8]

Online Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Conway County, Arkansas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Conway County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 865
Morrilton, Arkansas 72110
E-mail: conwaycountygenealogy@yahoo.com
Website

River Valley Genealogy Society
Farm Bureau Building
201 E. Shady Lane
Morrilton, Arkansas
Website
Covers: Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pope, Yell and Van Buren counties.

Websites

  • ARGenWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb Archives. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • RootsWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • Linkpendium. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • CyndisList. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Mary Ellen Guffey Brents, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=759&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 12, 2016), “Conway County.”
  6. Desmond Walls Allen, First Arkansas Confederate Mounted Rifles (Conway, Ark.: privately published, 1988), 2.
  7. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry (Conway, Ark.: privately published, 1987), 33-92.
  8. Ronald R. Bass, History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry (Conway, Ark.: Arkansas Research, 1996), 12.
  9. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.