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County Resources, Pulaski County

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Bayou Meto Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions, Pulaski County, Arkansas
By Tom C. Martinet, ISBN 978-1-56546-435-3, 317 pages, $35.50
Bob and Florence Tiney Burnett and David Vernon Brannon assisted Tom Martinet in compiling a marvelous reference volume on this important cemetery in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Besides the inscriptions, there's an amazing amount of genealogical data from various sources; there are transcriptions and photocopies of a large number of obituaries and news stories about the deaths of these people. These cemetery inventories were a labor of love for Tom and he had the expert assistance of David Brannon. Unfortunately, Tom's computer died not long after he did, and we're left with only print-outs of the data. We weren't able to use Tom's database, and we had to work from paper copies supplied by David Brannon who continued to make the cemetery books available after Tom died. So the photos aren't ideal and there are some hairballs in the pagination, but the information is sound. The names of the dead folks are arranged in one alphabetical sequence, but row and grave numbers help determine proximity of one grave to another.
Cato Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions, Pulaski County, Arkansas
By Tom C. Martinet, ISBN 978-1-56546-437-4, 98 pages, $15.00
Tom Martinet and David Brannon surveyed over 50,000 graves in their retirement years, including those in Cato Cemetery. Besides the inscriptions, they included a lot of extra genealogical data in the "notes" field with each grave. They looked up newspaper obituaries for many of the folks and they're pasted into 25 pages in the back of the book. The deceased folks are listed in alpha order, but row and grave numbers are included to help determine proximity of one grave to another.
Sumner Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions, Pulaski County, Arkansas
By Tom C. Martinet, ISBN 978-1-56546-436-0, 211 pages, $26.50
You're a lucky researcher if Tom Martinet and David Brannon surveyed the cemetery where your folks are buried. They listed the dead folks in one alphabetical list, but added row and grave markers to help us see relationships between the burials. They included Toney Abbott's 1979 history of the cemetery. And added 66 pages of newspaper items and obits about the deceased people. If your folks are here, you want this book!
Mount Pleasant Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions, Pulaski County, Arkansas
By Tom C. Martinet, ISBN 978-1-56546-438-4, 75 pages, $14.00
Mount Pleasant Cemetery is the one in which Tom Martinet himself lies buried. His friend, David Brannon, added his name to the list after Tom died. In this book, Tom and David included photos of many of the people buried there. We've reproduced them from those pages - the quality of the pictures isn't ideal, but for genealogists, even a bad picture is better than no photo.
Tombstone Inscriptions, Northern Pulaski County, Arkansas, Cemeteries
By Tom C. Martinet, ISBN 978-1-56546-439-1, 154 pages, $22.00
When Tom Martinet and David Brannon finished surveying all the Lonoke County cemeteries, they turned their attention next door to those in northern Pulaski County. We've assembled separate books for Bayou Meto, Cato, Mount Pleasant, and Sumner Cemeteries (see those above), and we've swept the rest into this volume.

Cemeteries included in this book are: Alexander, Bearden Farm Slave, Bethel Methodist Church, Cherry Family, Davidson Cemetery, Dickey-Morris Family, Ebenezer, Ellis, Estes Plantation a/k/a Nelson, Gibson Memorial Cemetery, Gravel Ridge Cemetery, Heilman No. 1, Heilman No. 2, Johnson , McCraw, Mount Chapel, Mount Valley, Palestine, Richards, Robinson Family, Stanfill, & Tate.


Tombstone Inscriptions, Northern Pulaski County, Arkansas, Cemeteries, Five Volumes on CD
By Tom C. Martinet, ISBN 978-1-56546-440-7, one CD, $29.95
All five of the books listed above are available for one low price on one CD. The files are exactly the same as the books - they're in Adobe's .pdf files so everyone on the planet can read them. We weren't able to run optical characater recognition software on the pages, so the files aren't every-word searchable. But you can use them just like you would a book (well, taking them with you to the bathroom is probably not going to happen).

The book titles on this CD are: (see descriptions above)

    Bayou Meto Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions, Pulaski County, Arkansas
    Cato Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions, Pulaski County, Arkansas
    Mount Pleasant Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions, Pulaski County, Arkansas
    Sumner Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions, Pulaski County, Arkansas
    Tombstone Inscriptions, Northern Pulaski County, Arkansas, Cemeteries

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Pulaski County, Arkansas, Marriage Record Index, 1820-1901
By Emily Tucker, ISBN 1-56546-167-3, 408 pages, $48.00
Folks from all over the state in addition to Pulaski County natives came to the capital city to get married. This is a facsimile reprint of the actual index created by David W. Bizzell in 1971. It lists the names of both parties, their ages, race, date of the marriage, and the record citation. Each marriage is listed twice - there is one alphabetical string for brides and grooms together. It's a massive compilation, and one you can't afford to miss if you have Pulaski County folks.

Arkansas Land Patents: Pulaski County
ISBN 1-56546-045-6, 80 pages, $14.00

What are land patents? All of what is now Arkansas was once owned by the federal government--it is a public domain land state. People who purchased land from the federal government received documents called land patents. Land was obtained through purchase, military warrants, homesteads, scrip acts and other laws that allowed the land to be transferred out of federal hands. The paperwork generated in those sales can be very helpful to genealogists. Copies of the land patents make interesting additions to published family histories but the land entry case files are most apt to have helpful details about families or clues that help piece together information from other sources.

What information is included? The county volumes of land patents list patentee's name, volume and page of the patent book, land office, document and miscellaneous document numbers, type of transaction, precise legal description, and number of acres. Introductory information describes in great detail how to get copies of the patents and land entry case files, how to use other land record sources, how to integrate the information with other sources, what is found in a typical homestead case file, where and when the Arkansas land offices operated, and a selected bibliography. County maps are also included. The time period covered by this information is earliest settlement through 30 June 1908. Information from 156,784 patent documents is included. These county volumes are based on current-day county boundaries.


Arkansas Confederate Pension Applications from Pulaski County
ISBN 0-941765-64-4, 26 pp, 812 veterans, $10.00

This book is an index to Confederate veterans who applied for pensions from the State of Arkansas. Information includes: veteran's name, widow or mother's name, company, unit, year(s) of enrollment, county from which applied and death dates of the veteran and his widow. Also included is a list of pensioners granted awards through legislative acts and a list of residents of the Confederate Home. Pensioners in this book are cross-referenced to the 1911 Arkansas Confederate Veteran census. A detailed summary of pension legislation and suggestions for further research are included. Pensions were based on the state of residence at the time of eligibility.


Arkansas State Donation and Swamp Lands: Grant, Pulaski, and Saline Counties
Compiled by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-267-X, 118 pages, $18.00
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Or buy this book in .pdf with electronic delivery (no shipping), ISBN 978-1-56546-532-9, $8.95


Index to Arkansas' World War I Soldiers from Pulaski County
ISBN 1-56546-252-1, 123 pages, $18.00

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FREE Pulaski County Death Record Indexes

The following links lead you to death record indexes for specified time periods. The information in these indexes is taken straight from Arkansas Health Department records. Click here to visit the Health Department's website for more information about ordering a death certificate. We've been selling this information in book form for some time, but have decided to make it available free to all our cousins researching our Arkansas ancestors. Click here to see details about the books.

Remember, just like in horseshoes and nuclear war, "close" counts when it comes to spelling.

Pulaski County Death Record Index 1914-1923

Pulaski County Death Record Index 1924-1933

Pulaski County Death Record Index 1934-1940

Pulaski County Death Record Index 1941-1948


Pulaski County was created: 15 December 1818.
Parent County: Arkansas.
Progeny Counties: Conway 1825, Crawford 1820, Faulkner 1873, Jefferson 1829, Lonoke 1873, Prairie 1846, Scott 1833, White 1835, Saline 1835.
County Boundary Changes: Line with Arkansas changed 30 October 1823, line with Clark changed 30 October 1823, Quapaw Purchase added 13 October 1827, NW boundary defined 20 October 1828. Lines defined: Conway 20 October 1828, Saline 25 February 1838 and 14 December 1838, White 3 February 1843, Saline 21 December 1846, Perry 23 December 1846, Prairie 30 December 1848, Saline 12 April 1873 and 7 December 1875.
County Records: In 1906, E.W. Winfield reported the records complete from May 24, 1819, and in "excellent state of preservation." At some point Book A of the marriages went missing and were reconstructed by James Logan Morgan from newspaper sources.

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