30th North Arkansas Ancestor Fair Report

            The 30th North Arkansas Ancestor Fair held Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1 in Marshall attracted more people than we’ve seen in a couple of years.  There were 77 who registered, or were otherwise identified, and probably at least half again as many who did not leave a paper trail.  So the estimated attendance was at least 120, and probably more.  A quick survey of attendees revealed that about 20 came from Searcy County, 40 from Arkansas outside Searcy County, seven from Oklahoma, six from Texas and two each from Mississippi and Missouri.  About forty-five attended the Friday night Mixer-Dinner at the Los Aztecas Mexican Restaurant where they met kinfolk for the first time and renewed old contacts.

            An unexpected draw was the dedication by the Sons of Confederate Veterans of a marker recognizing Searcy County men who served in the Confederate Army.  They brought a cannon and an honor guard.  The marker sits on the Veterans Hall grounds in Marshall where the Ancestor Fair was held.

            Four counties were represented-Boone, Marion, Searcy and Van Buren, and four heritage organizations–DAR, SAR, SCV and UDC.  They all offered resources for the researchers and signed up new members.  The Arkansas State Archives office, Scotland, Arkansas and the Chickamauga Nation, as well as some family historians, all had tables with information about their purview.

            Joshua C. Youngblood, Outreach Librarian at Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries–Fayetteville gave two well-attended and appreciated talks on what can be learned by interpreting old photographs and on broadening research strategies through regional and national collections.

            Shirley Gray managed and produced another well-organized Ancestor Fair for north Arkansas’s researchers.  She has committed to doing Ancestor Fair 31 on June 5 and 6, 2020 in Marshall, Arkansas, for which all researchers are thankful.  Those interested may keep abreast of Ancestor Fair 31’s progress on the Ancestor Fair website: www.ancestorfair.us.

BNR ARCHAEOLOGIST AT SEARCY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING

Buffalo National River archaeologist Suika Rivett will give the program at the June meeting of the Searcy County Historical Society meeting. Her topic will be “National Register Eligible and Listed Places on the Buffalo within Searcy County.” Ms Rivett is a popular presenter at Historical Society meetings and her topic will interest many people.

The Society will meet at 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 28 at Marshall’s First Christian Church, off Hwy 65N. All are invited. Coffee and nibbles will be available.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETS WITH ANCESTOR FAIR

The Searcy County Historical Society will meet with the Ancestor Fair

Mixer-Dinner on Friday, May 31 at Los Aztecas Mexican Restaurant in Marshall. People are invited to come at 5:30 p.m. to order a meal and get started on family research. Or to come at 7:00 p.m. for a brief update on homestead signs along the Buffalo National River and meet kinfolk.

Searcy County Historical Society

Searcy County Historical Society Meeting

            Dr. Wendy Richter, Arkansas State Archivist, will give the program to the Searcy County Historical Society on Friday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the First Christian Church, Marshall.  Dr. Richter will talk about Arkansas’s State Archives and explain how the State Archives (old Arkansas History Commission) can help Searcy County with storing and archiving the county’s records.  This should be of interest to all researchers and anyone interested in the county’s records.

            Coffee and cookies will be available.  Everyone is invited.

30th North Arkansas Ancestor Fair

            The Searcy County Historical Society, a 501 ( c ) 3 organization, is sponsoring its Thirtieth North Arkansas Ancestor Fair on May 31 and June 1, 2019 at the Veterans Hall in Marshall, Arkansas. Described as a genealogical swap meet or a place to brag about your ancestors, county genealogical and historical societies will be represented as well as patriotic organizations.  James Johnston will do book signings of his new book about mountaineers opposed to the Confederacy, “Mountain Feds: Arkansas Unionists and the Peace Society.” Sons of Confederate Veterans will dedicate a marker to Rebel soldiers.

            Guest speaker Joshua Youngblood, Outreach Librarian at Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries will give illustrated talks: “Images: New Pathways to Family Research” and “Regional and National Collections Broadening Search Strategies.”

            Friday evening researchers and providers will meet for a Mixer-Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Aztecas Restaurant on U. S. 65 in Marshall.  This is an opportunity to meet kin and get an early start on research.  Friday, and before, researchers have access to the fine genealogical collection at the Searcy County Library on Main Street and documents in the County Clerk’s office in Marshall. (The library and the clerk’s office are not open on Saturday.)

            On Saturday, family historians, county and patriotic organizations may begin setting up at Veterans Hall at 7:00 a.m.  Table and chairs are provided.  The doors open to the public at 9:00 a.m. and close at 3:00 p.m.

            For thirty years the Searcy County Historical Society has been providing a venue for those interested in family history to learn and share genealogical and historical information about their north Arkansas families.  Guest speakers have brought valuable research information about a wide variety of topics.  Researchers from all over the United States have found family burial plots, met relatives and searched the extensive files at the Searcy County library and the Searcy County clerk’s office.  County genealogical and historical societies from north Arkansas have provided information and recruited new members.

       For sdditional information, contact Shirley Gray, <shirleysdream@windstream.net> or phone (870)-448-3308.

            The North Arkansas Ancestor Fair is an ancestor filled weekend.

May 31-June 1, 2019
Marshall, Arkansas

Friday, May 31
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Los Aztecas Restaurant
(order from menu)
Mixer Dinner
(Meet kin, get early start on research)

Saturday, June 1
Veterans Hall
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Providers set up

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
ANCESTOR FAIR

Family historians, historical/genealogical societies, libraries and descendant organizations share information and help researchers

SPEAKER
Joshua Youngblood
Outreach Librarian, Special Collections,
University of Arkansas Libraries
10:30 a.m.
Images: New Pathways to Family Research
and
1:30 p.m.
Regional and National Collections: Broadening Search Strategies

Contact: Shirley Gray
870-448-3308

30th North Arkansas Ancestor Fair

30th North Arkansas Ancestor Fair

            The Searcy County Historical Society, a 501 ( c ) 3 organization, is sponsoring its Thirtieth North Arkansas Ancestor Fair on May 31 and June 1, 2019 at the Veterans Hall in Marshall, Arkansas. Described as a genealogical swap meet or a place to brag about your ancestors, county genealogical and historical societies will be represented as well as patriotic organizations.  James Johnston will do book signings of his new book about mountaineers opposed to the Confederacy, “Mountain Feds: Arkansas Unionists and the Peace Society.” Sons of Confederate Veterans will dedicate a marker to Rebel soldiers.

            Guest speaker Joshua Youngblood, Outreach Librarian at Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries will give illustrated talks: “Images: New Pathways to Family Research” and “Regional and National Collections Broadening Search Strategies.”

            Friday evening researchers and providers will meet for a Mixer-Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Aztecas Restaurant on U. S. 65 in Marshall.  This is an opportunity to meet kin and get an early start on research.  Friday, and before, researchers have access to the fine genealogical collection at the Searcy County Library on Main Street and documents in the County Clerk’s office in Marshall. (The library and the clerk’s office are not open on Saturday.)

            On Saturday, family historians, county and patriotic organizations may begin setting up at Veterans Hall at 7:00 a.m.  Table and chairs are provided.  The doors open to the public at 9:00 a.m. and close at 3:00 p.m.

            For thirty years the Searcy County Historical Society has been providing a venue for those interested in family history to learn and share genealogical and historical information about their north Arkansas families.  Guest speakers have brought valuable research information about a wide variety of topics.  Researchers from all over the United States have found family burial plots, met relatives and searched the extensive files at the Searcy County library and the Searcy County clerk’s office.  County genealogical and historical societies from north Arkansas have provided information and recruited new members.

           Additional information may be found from Shirley Gray, <shirleysdream@windstream.net> or phone (870)-448-3308.

            The North Arkansas Ancestor Fair is an ancestor filled weekend.