By Frankie Meyer
Globe Features Editor
JOPLIN, Mo. —
In addition to the biographies and maps of Missouri counties, a free website called My Genealogy Hound, sponsored by Hearthstone Legacy Publications, also has helpful information about Arkansas and Oklahoma. The site is found at mygenealogy hound.com.
When the site opens, click on "browse by state and county." The next screen lists the states. Click on "Arkansas." The next screen lists 37 counties for which the site has bios. Most of the entries are from the Goodspeed books that were compiled about counties in 1889.
After checking entries for one county, use the return arrow at the top of the screen to return to the list of counties. Continue that approach until you have checked all the counties where your ancestors and relatives lived.
The opening screen has another useful feature. Notice the option "browse by family name." After clicking on that option, you will be given a list of the letters of the alphabet. Select the first letter of a surname that you are researching in Arkansas. The site allows you to read the bios.
If you are researching several family lines in that state, try another approach. Click on the letter "A" to see the list of names. Next, click on the letter "B" to see that list of names. Continue that approach until all the letters and names have been checked. Through that approach, you may learn about related lines that have bios that will be helpful.
The opening screen also has a section titled "discover long forgotten and obscure settlements." Click on "county maps," which is in that section. The next screen lists the states for which the site has maps. Click on "Arkansas." The site has maps for all of the 75 counties in the state.
Click on a county where your ancestors lived. When I clicked on Benton County, I discovered the site has maps of that county for the years 1875, 1876, 1889, 1898, 1909 and 1922. After checking other counties, I noticed that most of them only have one map, which was made in 1889.
Return to the opening screen and repeat the process. Instead of clicking on Arkansas, however, click on Oklahoma. The next screen lists maps for the counties of Adair, Delaware, McCurtain, Ottawa and Sequoyah in 1922.
The site also has maps of the Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation and Creek Nation in 1905. The northeast corner of the Cherokee Nation map shows the location of the lands of the Ottawas, Peorias, Modocs, Quapaws, Shawnees and Wyandottes.
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