Local Information

Union County Genealogical Society
Barton Library
200 E. 5th (at North Jefferson)
El Dorado, AR 71730-3897
marthasuewright@suddenlink.net
cfrisby@csd.k12.ar.us

Smackover Genealogical & Historical Society
700 N. Broadway
Smackover, AR 71762
For Certified Copies of Marriage Certificates

Send $5.00 to:
Union County Clerk's Office
Union County Courthouse
El Dorado, AR 71730
Funeral Homes in El Dorado

Rumph - Owers 312 West Oak 71730 870-863-7161
Andrews Funeral Home Inc 1211 E Main St El Dorado, AR 71730 (870) 863-6805
Bailey Funeral Home 400 N College Ave El Dorado, AR 71730 (870) 863-5141
Sims Mortuary Inc 432 Liberty St El Dorado, AR 71730 (870) 862-4266
Youngs Funeral Directors 508 Champagnolle Rd El Dorado, AR 71730 (870) 863-7121
Arkansas Death Index - Rayedean Graves
Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives
An excellent source for research in this 12 county area of the state.
Nationwide Lookup Volunteers
Union County Books

The following books may be found in your local library or genealogical society archives. If you know of any books that contain a goodly amount of Union County data, please send me the Title and Author so they can be posted on the list for others. Thank you.

Union County Published Reference Books

HISTORY OF SOUTH ARKANSAS by Goodspeed Publishing Company
ARKANSAS PENSIONERS, 1818-1900 by Dorothy Payne
ARKANSAS GAZETTE OBITUARIES INDEX by Stephen J. Chism
BARKSDALE CHRONICLES IN AMERICA, VOLUME 1 by Robert A. Groves - Index
Union County Lookups

If you own any Union County resources, whether listed or not, and will do look-ups, please let me know.
Feel free to request a look-up from the following resources. Please put UNION COUNTY LOOKUP in the subject line of your request to insure the message is not overlooked or accidentally deleted. In the first line of the message please put the name of the book from which you are requesting the lookup.

USGenWeb will not tolerate any copyright violations. Please do not ask for "everyone with X surname" or an entire family group, or for hardcopies to be mailed; the volunteers have been asked not to comply with such requests.

Lookups will extend to searching the book to determine if the book would be helpful to you in your research. Should the book prove useful, we can provide the author's address and ordering information. The USGenWeb Project will endeavor to get a WRITTEN statement from each copyright holder which stipulates which books may be used for lookups. If you request a lookup, don't forget to thank your volunteer for their time.

Newspaper lookups

I have finished a database of 19th century newspapers for Union Co., AR that are at the AR History Commission, and will do look-ups for people. Requests need to have "Union Co, AR Obit Look-Up" in Subject Line, will do two (2) look-ups at a time. Need to supply name & date of death. Will not do general surname look-ups. Tommy Carter
The database consists of the following newspapers and dates:
The El Dorado Union, Saturday, 23 Sep 1848, & Saturday, 15 Sep 1849; two issues
The Democratic Union, Saturday, 23 Aug 1856; one issue
El Dorado Bulletin, Thursday, 9 May 1861; one issue
The Union Herald, Thursday, 25 Jun 1885, Thursday, 3 Nov 1887, and Thursday, 17 Nov 1887; three issues
Public Sentiment, Thursday, 5 Apr 1888 & Thursday, 19 Apr 1888; two issues
The El Dorado Eagle, Thursday's, 1877 - 1888, issues missing; but a very large portion of this paper exist.

Reference book volunteers and email

BUILDING ON THE CORNERSTONE OF CHRIST - A history of the First Methodist Church of El Dorado, Arkansas,1833-1983
Marie Harvey - ladyhrvy at sbcglobal.net

Phone books for Union Co. 1942 and 1943, incl. Calion, El Dorado, Huttig, Junction City, Lisbon, Louann, Norphlet, Smackover, Strong, Urbana and Wesson.
Mary Harper - marybeau at earthlink.net

1953 phone book, same coverage.
Marie Harvey - ladyhrvy at sbcglobal.net

"The Watkins of Southwest Arkansas"
Jim Walter - limit 2 per request - jbsdj at msn.com
Union County Family Homepages - Books

We will point to your family history homepage on the net, but cannot store GEDCOMs on this server.
Family History Books/ Home Pages - Owned by
Mary Harper Homepages - Mary Harper
Price Family - Jewell Kennedy
Horn Family - Jewell Kennedy
Lipsey Family - Mike Lipsey