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Guide to '''Desha County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Desha 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=  December 12,  1838
 
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|county seat= Arkansas City
| county = Desha County
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|parent county= [[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] and [[Chicot County, Arkansas Genealogy|Chicot]]<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
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|county1= [[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]]
 
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|county2= [[Bolivar County, Mississippi Genealogy|Bolivar (MS)]]
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|county3= [[Chicot County, Arkansas Genealogy|Chicot]]
 
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|county4= [[Drew County, Arkansas Genealogy|Drew]]
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|county5= [[Lincoln County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lincoln]]
 
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|county6= [[Phillips County, Arkansas Genealogy|Phillips]]
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|county7= [[Washington County, Mississippi Genealogy|Washington (MS)]]</br><center>[[Desha County, Arkansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
 
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| building address = [http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=Arkansas&county=Desha Desha County Courthouse]<br>Robert Moore Avenue<br>PO Box 188<br> Arkansas City, AR 71630<br> Phone: 870.877.2323 <br>  
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== County Information ==
  
=== County Courthouse ===
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=== Description ===
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{AR Courthouse Intro|Desha}}
  
County Clerk has marriage records from 1865 and probate records; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court 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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'''Desha County Courthouse'''<br>Robert Moore Avenue<br>PO Box 188<br> Arkansas City, AR 71630<br> Phone: 870.877.2323<br>[http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=Arkansas&county=Desha Desha County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1865 and probate records; <br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
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=== Desha County, Arkansas ===
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning years for {{PAGENAME}} government 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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| 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="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Desha County, Arkansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Desha County, Arkansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Desha County, Arkansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Court|Court]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Desha County, Arkansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Desha County, Arkansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Desha County, Arkansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Desha County, Arkansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1914*  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1840
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1839
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| colspan="6" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's</center>
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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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==== Government and Related Websites  ====
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=== Record Loss ===
 
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| width="30%" | [http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=Arkansas&county=Desha County-clerk.net] (unofficial site)
 
| width="60%" | Clerks have jurisdiction over birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, land use, land rights, real estate, and other court records. Site provides links to unofficial websites with online records
 
 
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| width="30%" | [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/AR_Desha.htm PublicRecords.com] (unofficial site)
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| width="60%" | Provides links to County officials and public records
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*'''1860s''' - A courthouse fire destroyed some records.
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=== Boundary Changes ===
 
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{{AR Boundary Changes Intro|Desha}}
=== History  ===
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Desha County is Arkansas's 40th county, formed on December 12, 1838, and named for Captain Benjamin Desha who fought in the War of 1812.
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==== Parent County  ====
 
 
 
 
*'''1838--'''Desha County was created 12 December 1838&nbsp;from [[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] and [[Chicot County, Arkansas Genealogy|Chicot]] Counties.
 
*'''1838--'''Desha County was created 12 December 1838&nbsp;from [[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] and [[Chicot County, Arkansas Genealogy|Chicot]] Counties.
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*'''County seat:''' Arkansas City<ref name="Handybook">''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.
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'''County seat:''' Arkansas City <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{AR Populated Places Intro|Desha}}
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The following are locations in Desha County, Arkansas:
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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* Arkansas City
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* Dumas
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* Mitchellville
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* Reed
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* Tillar
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* Watson
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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.
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=== History Timeline ===
 
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{{AR Historical Timeline Intro|Desha}}
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==== Variant Spellings  ====
 
 
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
 
 
'''1860s'''  A courthouse fire destroyed some records.
 
 
 
=== Places/Localities  ===
 
 
 
'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
 
 
 
*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Desha, Arkansas City|place|disp=Arkansas City}}
 
 
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
 
 
Arkansas City<br>Dumas<br>McGehee<br>Mitchellville<br>Reed<br>Tillar<br>Watson<br><br>
 
 
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
 
 
[[Arkansas County, Arkansas Genealogy|Arkansas]] {{•}} [[Bolivar County, Mississippi Genealogy|Bolivar County, Mississippi]] {{•}} [[Chicot County, Arkansas Genealogy|Chicot]] {{•}} [[Drew County, Arkansas Genealogy|Drew]] {{•}} [[Lincoln County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lincoln]] {{•}} [[Phillips County, Arkansas Genealogy|Phillips]] {{•}} [[Washington County, Mississippi Genealogy|Washington County, Mississippi]]
 
<center>{{ARDesha County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
 
 
 
 
==== 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 Desha County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=765&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 13, 2016), “Desha County.”</ref>
 
Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Desha County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=765&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 13, 2016), “Desha County.”</ref>
  
*1838 December 12 - Created by legislative act , Desha County was detached from Arkansas and Chicot counties.  
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*1838 December 12 - Created by legislative act , Desha County was detached from Arkansas and Chicot counties.
*1860-1865 - During the war, county records were moved by wagon to Richland Township and later to Clarksville, Texas. Some records were never recovered.  
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*1860-1865 - During the war, county records were moved by wagon to Richland Township and later to Clarksville, Texas. Some records were never recovered.
*1927 - Desha County’s greatest tragedy came in the spring of 1927, when a flood inundated 478,000 acres after levee breaks occurred on the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers. Many of the county’s 26,684 citizens were forced to flee to hill counties or to live on second floors, in tent cities, and in boxcars on the levee.  
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*1927 - Desha County’s greatest tragedy came in the spring of 1927, when a flood inundated 478,000 acres after levee breaks occurred on the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers. Many of the county’s 26,684 citizens were forced to flee to hill counties or to live on second floors, in tent cities, and in boxcars on the levee.
*1930-1931 - The Drought of 1930–31 and the Great Depression, with unemployment over thirty percent, added to economic woes.  
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*1930-1931 - The Drought of 1930–31 and the Great Depression, with unemployment over thirty percent, added to economic woes.
 
*1940-2010 - The population of Desha County peaked in 1940 at just over 27,000. By 2010, it had dropped to 13,000.
 
*1940-2010 - The population of Desha County peaked in 1940 at just over 27,000. By 2010, it had dropped to 13,000.
  
=== Genealogy Resources  ===
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'''Additional Information'''<br>
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Desha County is Arkansas's 40th county, formed on December 12, 1838, and named for Captain Benjamin Desha who fought in the War of 1812.
  
==== Research Guides  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{AR Resources Intro|Desha}}
  
==== African Americans  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{AR Bible Intro|Desha}}
  
*'''1867-1872''' - Desha County Marriage Index 1867-1872 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc" />
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{AR Biographies Intro|Desha}}
  
:*1866-1868 — ''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VR9-BZW%3A1076659102%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Napoleon] at [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only;'' letters, contracts
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{AR Business Records Intro|Desha}}
  
==== Bible Records  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{AR Cemeteries Intro|Desha}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Desha County, Arkansas''' online and in print</center>
| width="34%" bgcolor="#F2DDFE" | <center>'''Get a list of cemeteries'''<br>(then click to names of people)</center>
 
| width="32%" bgcolor="#B8FFDB" | <center>'''Find printed records''' <br>(Often more complete)</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=113&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Find A Grave] Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
 
*[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=113&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Find A Grave] Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
 
 
*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=9 Arkansas Gravestones] enter a name and click "Search"
 
*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=9 Arkansas Gravestones] enter a name and click "Search"
 
 
*[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.)
 
*[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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*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Desha|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Desha+county+Arkansas=Desha+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Desha 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=113 Find A Grave] Click '''Search for a Cemetery''' on the right, click '''All Countries''' - click '''United States''', click '''State''', click '''County''' and search.
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=113 Find A Grave] Click '''Search for a Cemetery''' on the right, click '''All Countries''' - click '''United States''', click '''State''', click '''County''' and search.
 
 
*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=9 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
 
*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/search.php?cid=9 Arkansas Gravestones] Click '''Browse Gravestones By Cemetery'''
 
 
*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/desha.htm Interment.net]
 
*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/desha.htm Interment.net]
 
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/desha-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/desha-county-arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
 
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/desha.htm USGenWeb Archives]
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/desha.htm USGenWeb Archives]
 
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/desha.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/desha.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
 
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/ ARGenWeb] Scroll down / site under is construction.
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/ ARGenWeb] Scroll down / site under is construction.
 
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/desha/desha.htm RootsWeb]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~arcemete/desha/desha.htm RootsWeb]
 
 
*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
 
*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/ar.html I Dream of Genealogy] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
 
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ar/ African American Cemeteries Online] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ar/ African American Cemeteries Online] Scroll to the county and cemetery.
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/cemeteries.htm Desha County Cemetery Transcriptions] (partial list)&nbsp; -&nbsp; Desha County ARGenWeb
  
'''More cemetery lists'''
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=== Census Records ===
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{{AR Census Intro|Desha}}
  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Desha/cem/ Linkpendium]
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/census/1840/1840indx.txt 1840&nbsp; Federal Census Index]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project Archives
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/desha/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List]
 
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/arkansas/index.html DeathIndexes.com] Scan through the list under '''Arkansas Death Records Indexes….'''
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-AR-NDX.html D'Addezio] Search/browse by cemetery name, not people. (Statewide)
 
  
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/census/1840/1840indx.txt 1850 Federal Census Index]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project Archives
*{{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Desha|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} Select "Cemeteries"
 
**Also [[Desha County, Arkansas Genealogy#Cities_and_Towns|check towns]] for records
 
  
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Desha+county+Arkansas=Desha+County%2C+Arkansas%2C+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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=== Church Records ===
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{{AR Church Intro|Desha}}
  
*[[Arkansas Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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[http://www.churchangel.com/WEBAR/dumas.htm Dumas Churches]&nbsp; -&nbsp; churchangel.com
  
*[[Desha County, Arkansas Genealogy#Societies|Societies]]
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[http://www.churchangel.com/WEBAR/mcgehee.htm McGehee Churches&nbsp;] -&nbsp; churchangel.com
  
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=== Court Records ===
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{{AR Court Intro|Desha}}
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/cemeteries.htm Desha County Cemetery Transcriptions] (partial list)&nbsp; -&nbsp; Desha County ARGenWeb
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=== Directories ===
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{{AR Directories Intro|Desha}}
  
==== Census ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{AR Emigration Intro|Desha}}
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/census/1840/1840indx.txt 1840&nbsp; Federal Census Index]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project Archives
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{AR Ethnic Groups Intro|Desha}}
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/census/1840/1840indx.txt 1850 Federal Census Index]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project Archives
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==== African Americans ====
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{{AR African Americans Intro|Desha}}
  
==== Church Records  ====
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*'''1867-1872''' - Desha County Marriage Index 1867-1872 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc" />
  
{{AR Church Intro}}
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:*1866-1868 — ''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9VR9-BZW%3A1076659102%3Fcc%3D2328125 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, Napoleon] at [http://FamilySearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — browsable images only;'' letters, contracts
 
 
[http://www.churchangel.com/WEBAR/dumas.htm Dumas Churches]&nbsp; -&nbsp; churchangel.com
 
  
[http://www.churchangel.com/WEBAR/mcgehee.htm McGehee Churches&nbsp;] -&nbsp; churchangel.com
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{AR Funeral Homes Intro|Desha}}
  
==== Court ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{AR Genealogies Intro|Desha}}
  
==== Genealogy  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{AR Guardianship Intro|Desha}}
  
==== Land and Property ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{AR Land Intro|Desha}}
  
{{AR Land Intro}}
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/land/desha.txt Desha County Federal Land Records]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/land/desha.txt Desha County Federal Land Records]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{AR Histories Intro|Desha}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{AR History Intro}}
  
{{AR History Intro}}
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/river.htm Riverboat History] -&nbsp; Desha County ARGenWeb
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/river.htm Riverboat History] -&nbsp; Desha County ARGenWeb
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/gdspdhis.htm Goodspeed's History]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Desha County ARGenWeb
 
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/gdspdhis.htm Goodspeed's History]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Desha County ARGenWeb  
 
  
 
*'''''Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas.''''' Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7192 Ancestry.com] ($)
 
*'''''Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas.''''' Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7192 Ancestry.com] ($)
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{AR Maps Intro|Desha}}
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{{AR Neighboring Counties Intro|{{ARDesha County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}}}
  
*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/AR/County/desha.htm 1895 Desha County Map]&nbsp; -&nbsp; livgenmil.com  
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*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/AR/County/desha.htm 1895 Desha County Map]&nbsp; -&nbsp; livgenmil.com
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/modernmp.htm Township Map]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Desha County USGenWeb
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/modernmp.htm Township Map]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Desha County USGenWeb
  
==== Military ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{AR Migration Intro|Desha}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{AR Military Intro|Desha}}
  
===== War of 1812 =====
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==== War of 1812 ====
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{{AR War of 1812 Intro|Desha}}
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/military/warof1812/other/somemili85gmt.txt Military Land Grants War of 1812] (partial list)&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project Archives  
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/military/warof1812/other/somemili85gmt.txt Military Land Grants War of 1812] (partial list)&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project Archives
  
===== Civil War =====
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==== Civil War ====
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{{AR Civil War Intro|Desha}}
  
{{VAciv}}  
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{{AR Civil War Regiments|Desha}}
  
:- [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]], <ref>Calvin L. Collier, ''They'll do to Tie To: the story of the Third Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A.,''(Little Rock, Arkansas: Civil War Round Table Associates, 1959) p. 10. {{FHL|379659|item|disp=FHL book 976.7 M2c}}</ref>  
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]], <ref>Calvin L. Collier, ''They'll do to Tie To: the story of the Third Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A.,''(Little Rock, Arkansas: Civil War Round Table Associates, 1959) p. 10. {{FHL|379659|item|disp=FHL book 976.7 M2c}}</ref>
:- [[5th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|5th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]]  
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:- [[5th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|5th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]]
:- [[6th Regiment, Arkansas Militia (Confederate)|6th Regiment, Arkansas Militia (Confederate) ]], Napoleon Cavalry  
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:- [[6th Regiment, Arkansas Militia (Confederate)|6th Regiment, Arkansas Militia (Confederate) ]], Napoleon Cavalry
:- [[8th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|8th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]]  
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:- [[8th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|8th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]]
 
:- [[Carlton's Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|Carlton's Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]]
 
:- [[Carlton's Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)|Carlton's Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)]]
  
<br>
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'''Online Records
'''Online Records'''
 
  
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932392|Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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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
*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/amnesty.htm Civil War Amnesty List]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Desha County ARGenWeb
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/amnesty.htm Civil War Amnesty List]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Desha County ARGenWeb
*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
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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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==== World War II ====
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{{AR World War II Intro|Desha}}
  
===== World War II  =====
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/center.htm Rohwer Relocation Center]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Desha County ARGenWeb
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/center.htm Rohwer Relocation Center]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Desha County ARGenWeb
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli46gmt.txt World War II Enlistees A-F&nbsp;] -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project Archives
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli46gmt.txt World War II Enlistees A-F&nbsp;] -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project Archives  
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli47gmt.txt World War II enlistees G-L]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project Archives
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli47gmt.txt World War II enlistees G-L]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project Archives  
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli48gmt.txt World War II Enlistees M-R]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project Archives
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli48gmt.txt World War II Enlistees M-R]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Project Archives
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{AR Naturalization Intro|Desha}}
  
==== Naturalization  ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{AR Newspapers Intro|Desha}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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{{AR Newspapers|Desha}}
  
{{AR Newspapers|Desha}}
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/newshome.htm Desha County Newspapers]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Desha County ARGenWeb
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/newshome.htm Desha County Newspapers]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Desha County ARGenWeb
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{AR Obituaries Intro|Desha}}
  
==== Occupations  ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{AR Other Records Intro|Desha}}
  
==== Probate Records  ====
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{AR Periodicals Intro|Desha}}
  
{{AR Probate Intro}}
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=== Probate Records ===
'''Online Probate Records'''
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{{AR Probate Intro|Desha}}
*'''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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'''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 $
 
*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
 
*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== School Records ===
 
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{{AR Schools Intro|Desha}}
{{AR Tax Intro}}  
 
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{AR Tax Intro|Desha}}
  
{{AR Vital Intro}}See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-vital-records/ How to order Arkansas Vital Records]
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{AR Vital Intro|Desha}}
  
===== Birth =====
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==== Birth ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Birth Intro|Desha}}
  
===== Marriage =====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Desha}}
  
 
*'''1856 - 1952''' - Desha County Marriage Books A-Z, A1-I1 Index 1856-1952 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>
 
*'''1856 - 1952''' - Desha County Marriage Books A-Z, A1-I1 Index 1856-1952 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>
*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
 
===== Death  =====
 
  
===== Vital Record Substitutes  =====
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==== Death ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Death Intro|Desha}}
  
== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Divorce ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Desha}}
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/ar-society-archive/ List of Arkansas Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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== Research Facilities ==
 
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{{AR Research Facilities Intro|Desha}}
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
| width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFF66" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Arkansas, Desha|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
 
| width="70%" | Select topics. For towns, [[{{PAGENAME}}#Places.2FLocalities|click here]].
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Desha+county%2C+arkansas&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
| width="70%" | Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=desha+county%2C+arkansas&te=ILS Allen County Public Library]
 
| Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.ark-ives.com/documenting/county_records.aspx Arkansas History Commission] Select the county
 
| Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
 
|-
 
| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>[[{{PAGENAME}}#Genealogy_Societies_and_Libraries|Local libraries]] and [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]] may suggest other catalogs</center>
 
|}
 
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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=== Archives ===
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{{AR Archives Intro|Desha}}
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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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]]
  
==== Websites  ====
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=== Libraries ===
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{{AR Libraries Intro|Desha}}
  
{{WA Websites Intro}}
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=== Museums ===
 
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{{AR Museums Intro|Desha}}
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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== Societies ==
|-
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{{AR Societies Intro|Desha}}
| width="100%" bgcolor="#ADFF85" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites with online indexes or images of records''' </center>
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/ ARGenWeb]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/desha.htm USGenWeb Archives]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Desha/ RootsWeb]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
 
|}
 
 
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/desha/ Linkpendium]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/desha/ CyndisList]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/arkansas/desha-county/ StateofUS.com]
 
| width="10%" | Free
 
| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
 
|}
 
 
 
<br>
 
 
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
| width="100%" bgcolor="#FAEBD7" colspan="3" | <center>'''Social networking sites pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ GeneaBloggers]
 
| enter "arkansas" in the search box to see a list and links to Arkansas Blogs
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ar/desha/ genealogy.com]
 
| width="70%" | Desha County, AR Genealogy Forum
 
|-
 
| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.arkansas.counties.desha/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
 
| width="70%" | Desha County Message Board
 
|}
 
  
=== References  ===
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== Websites ==
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{{AR Websites Intro|Desha}}
  
<references />
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* [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardesha/ ARGenWeb]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/desha/desha.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/Desha/ RootsWeb]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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* [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/desha/ Linkpendium]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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* [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/desha/ CyndisList]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|194521|Arkansas|Desha}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
  
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== Research Guides ==
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{{AR Research Guides Intro|Desha}}
  
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== References ==
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<references />
  
[[Category:Desha_County,_Arkansas]]
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{{Arkansas|Arkansas}}
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[[Category:Desha_County,_Arkansas]][[Category:Arkansas_Counties]]

Revision as of 15:38, 20 September 2017

 

Guide to Desha 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: Arkansas City
Organized: December 12, 1838
Parent County(s): Arkansas and Chicot[1]
Neighboring Counties
Arkansas  • Bolivar (MS)  • Chicot  • Drew  • Lincoln  • Phillips  • Washington (MS)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Desha County Arkansas Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
Ar-desha.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Desha County Courthouse
Robert Moore Avenue
PO Box 188
Arkansas City, AR 71630
Phone: 870.877.2323
Desha County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1865 and probate records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records.[1]

Desha County, Arkansas[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1865 1914* 1840 1839 1852
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

  • 1860s - A courthouse fire destroyed some records.

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1838--Desha County was created 12 December 1838 from Arkansas and Chicot Counties.
  • County seat: Arkansas City[1]

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[edit | edit source]

Template:AR Populated Places Intro The following are locations in Desha County, Arkansas:

  • Arkansas City
  • Dumas
  • McGehee
  • Mitchellville
  • Reed
  • Tillar
  • Watson

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Desha County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [3]

  • 1838 December 12 - Created by legislative act , Desha County was detached from Arkansas and Chicot counties.
  • 1860-1865 - During the war, county records were moved by wagon to Richland Township and later to Clarksville, Texas. Some records were never recovered.
  • 1927 - Desha County’s greatest tragedy came in the spring of 1927, when a flood inundated 478,000 acres after levee breaks occurred on the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers. Many of the county’s 26,684 citizens were forced to flee to hill counties or to live on second floors, in tent cities, and in boxcars on the levee.
  • 1930-1931 - The Drought of 1930–31 and the Great Depression, with unemployment over thirty percent, added to economic woes.
  • 1940-2010 - The population of Desha County peaked in 1940 at just over 27,000. By 2010, it had dropped to 13,000.

Additional Information
Desha County is Arkansas's 40th county, formed on December 12, 1838, and named for Captain Benjamin Desha who fought in the War of 1812.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Desha 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

  Desha County Cemetery Transcriptions (partial list)  -  Desha County ARGenWeb

Census Records[edit | edit source]

1840  Federal Census Index  -  USGenWeb Project Archives

1850 Federal Census Index  -  USGenWeb Project Archives

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Dumas Churches  -  churchangel.com

McGehee Churches  -  churchangel.com

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Desha County Federal Land Records  -  USGenWeb Archives Project

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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.

Riverboat History -  Desha County ARGenWeb

Goodspeed's History  -  Desha County ARGenWeb

  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Click on a neighboring county to go to the wiki page.
Template:ARDesha County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]

Military Land Grants War of 1812 (partial list)  -  USGenWeb Project Archives

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), [5]
- 5th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)
- 6th Regiment, Arkansas Militia (Confederate) , Napoleon Cavalry
- 8th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)
- Carlton's Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)

Online Records

World War II[edit | edit source]

Rohwer Relocation Center  -  Desha County ARGenWeb

World War II Enlistees A-F  -  USGenWeb Project Archives

World War II enlistees G-L  -  USGenWeb Project Archives

World War II Enlistees M-R  -  USGenWeb Project Archives

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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


Desha County Newspapers  -  Desha County ARGenWeb

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. 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.
  3. Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=765&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent= : accessed January 13, 2016), “Desha County.”
  4. 4.0 4.1 FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  5. Calvin L. Collier, They'll do to Tie To: the story of the Third Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A.,(Little Rock, Arkansas: Civil War Round Table Associates, 1959) p. 10. FHL book 976.7 M2c