Genealogy & Local History

The Jessie Ashford Genealogy Annex

The library's genealogy annex is located directly behind the main library at 219 S. Ash Street, Malvern, Arkansas. Parking is available in front of the building. 
Are you curious about your ancestry?  Would you like to use some of the free time that you have right now to learn more about your family history?  We have some resources that might help.  Our Genealogy Annex has volumes of printed material from Hot Spring County, Arkansas, and many other states that have been very useful to those looking for information. In addition to printed material, we also have subscriptions to Folds3, a military database, and Newspapers.com.  Unfortunately, the building is closed right now but we are still here to help you.  If you have started researching your family and are stuck on something, please use the attached from and our research specialist will be happy to see what they can find https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sMHzeQI7Tz3IHR7frBTp5Sc8Frwb4cH2SivDHqYQodc/edit.  

Hours: Thursdays 9am-5pm (closed 12-1 for lunch and Saturdays (by appointment)

MISSION

For genealogical purposes; to promote and stimulate interest in history through family research; and disseminate information to the public by highlighting the importance of history, tradition, family knowledge, and pride. 

HISTORY OF THE BUILDING

The house was built in 1929, and was once home to the DeJarnatt and Baker Family. Ms. DeJarnatt spent many hours teaching piano in her front room. The family enjoyed living next door to the library, and her son Dick DeJarnatt would visit the library to check out a book in the morning, and would return in the afternoon to borrow another. The Library purchased the building in 2015 and began the process of a complete renovations. The renovation was completed in January 2018. 

Equipment and Technology

  • Microfilm Machine (with print and email access)
  • Flat Bed Scanner
  • Copy Machine

Genealogy Databases

Heritage Quest
Ancestry (Library Use Only)
Ancestry Remote Access Log in with your Library Card number and PIN, then click the Ancestry link at the bottom left of the screen
Newspapers.com Log in with your Library Card number
Fold 3 Log in with your Library Card number
National Archives

Genealogy 101

Online Resources and Tools

Family Search

  • FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. For over 100 years, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide. Patrons may freely access our resources and service online at FamilySearch.org, or through over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

GenDisasters

  • A genealogy site compiling information on the historic disasters, events, and tragic accidents our ancestors endured, as well as information about their lives and deaths. The database and records are searchable by surname.

Arkansas Genealogical Society

  • The purpose of the society is to promote family history research, to educate persons in genealogical research methods and the use of historical records, to publish articles pertaining to Arkansas ancestors, and to preserve and make accessible historical, genealogical, and biographical sources pertaining to Arkansas.

 Native American Heritage

  • The National Archives holds information about American Indians who maintained their ties to Federally-recognized Tribes (1830-1970). Most records are arranged by tribe. 

Sequoyah National Research Center

  • The collections of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center constitute the largest assemblage of Native American expression in the world. Our mission, to acquire and preserve the writings and ideas of Native North Americans, is accomplished through collecting the written word and art of Native Americans and creating a research atmosphere that invites indigenous peoples to make the Center an archival home for their creative work.

History, Legends, and Folklore of the Cherokee Nation

  • This is an online photocopy of History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folk Lore by Emmet Starr.

The  UCA Archives has completed a five-year project of scanning and placing UCA's yearbook, The Scroll, online.  All Scrolls from 1915 to 2018 can be viewed by going to the link below.  The 2019 Scroll will be online shortly.
Here is the link to The Scroll - https://uca.edu/archives/the-scroll/
For those of you who attended UCA, or had relatives or friends attend UCA, this is a great resource. Or, if you just want to take a trip back in time, click on the Scrolls from the early years.
The UCA Archives has been scanning a great deal of material from manuscript collections and will soon be adding that material as an online resource. UCA Digitized Photo Collection

Newspaper Navigator

The public can now explore more than 1.5 million historical newspaper images online and free of charge. The latest machine learning experience from Library of Congress Labs, Newspaper Navigator allows users to search visual content in American newspapers dating  1789-1963.

The National Archives https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy also have a wealth of resources. 

Arkansas Collection

Our Arkansas Collection includes resources such as:

  • Biographical Dictionaries
  • Arkansas Literature
  • Works from Arkansas Authors
  • Arkansas Code
  • Almanacs
  • Slave Narratives
  • Arkansas Gazette Index
  • Historical Reports

Genealogy Collection

Our genealogy collection includes many research materials including historical resources, such as The Heritage. We also have a large collection of family histories of Hot Spring County.  

     We have limited cemetery, census, obituary, marriage, and death records for the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • New Hampshire
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia

Our genealogy collection also includes limited cemetery, census, obituary, marriage, and death records from the following Arkansas counties:

  • Arkansas
  • Ashley
  • Baxter
  • Bradley
  • Clark
  • Cleburne
  • Cleveland
  • Craighead
  • Dallas
  • Drew
  • Faulkner
  • Garland
  • Grant
  • Hot Spring
  • Howard
  • Lonoke
  • Lafayette
  • Montgomery
  • Newton
  • OLA
  • Perry
  • Pike
  • Polk
  • Pulaski
  • Saline
  • Scott
  • Sevier
  • Union
  • Van Buren
  • Washington
  • White
  • Woodruff

Yearbooks

Malvern High School1925, 1931, 1939-1990, 1994-99
Malvern Cub1958-1982, 1991
Glen Rose High School1950, 1975, 1996, 2007, 2009  
Arkansas State University2012 
Ouachita Baptist1954, 1956-57, 1970, 1973, 1981-86, 1991, 1995 
Malvern Colored School 1950, 1945-69
Central High School1945 and 1948
Magnet Cove High School1960-62, 1967-68, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1988, 1989
Poyen High School1986-94, 2000-02, 2004-2011
Henderson State University1934, 1968-69, 1971-72, 1974, 1981, 1983-84, 1989, 1995, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2011 
Caduceus1983-84
Wilson High1954 and 1965
Malvern High (Then)1958
Malvern High Reunion1953 and 1969
Morning Years1954

Microfilm

Our microfilm collection includes limited records such as:

  • Arkansas Gazette | 1969-1985
  • Malvern Daily Record | 1931-2017
  • Family Histories
  • Soldiers of WWI
  • Hot Spring County Tax Records
  • 1930 Federal Census
  • Deed and Mortgage Index

We also have limited census records from 1830-1910 for the following Arkansas Counties:

  • Arkansas
  • Hempstead
  • Hot Spring
  • Madison
  • Phillips
  • Pike
  • Poinsett
  • Pope
  • Pulaski
  • Randolph
  • St. Francis
  • Saline
  • Scott
  • Searcy
  • Sevier
  • Union
  • Van Buren
  • Washington
  • White

Our microfilm collection also includes limited census records from Tennessee for the following counties:

  • Bedford
  • Carroll
  • Davidson
  • Dickson
  • Dyer

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