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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

Re: My Arkansas Trip
In Response To: Re: My Arkansas Trip ()

Hi Alberta, my research was on a County Level. Now, I heard the best place to research was at the Arkansas Genealogy Society (AGS) in Little Rock, but, I don't know if they have all the local county information there, they could, but, I don't know. If you your ancestors did live in another county, and, if you have the time, I would suggest you go to both. For instance, when I first started researching, I would ask for lookups regarding marriage records of my family, all the information I got back by email, indicated my family were 'white'. When I looked at the actual records, I found out why..The marriage index book, had them listed as *color* white, on the actual certificate, I noticed that the question of their race included 2 letters 'W' for white, and 'C' for colored. Well, the 'C' was X'd out (which ment that they were colored), which left the letter 'W' in plain view. The transcriber must have had too many the day before, or, just a teenager who had a summer job and didn't read the instructions very well, he/she took the letter that was in plain view to indicate what race they were, so, if the C was x'd out it automatically ment the couple where white. This could confuse the new researcher. It did me. But, when I saw the consistancy in the actual marriage records for my family, I figured out this is what happpened.

I hope you have fun on your trip..(my husband is planning another one now).

Dena.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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