Sunday, March 26, 2017

Carthage - Jan 01,1953


Mrs Pearlie Dobbins visited relatives and friends last week in Warren. Her sister, Mrs Vinnie Lagan, who has had a long spell of illness, is much improved .....
Mrs. Ida Beavers is improving from a severe illness..... Rosie Lee Dobbins, Josephine O'Hara and several others who are attending school at AM&N College spent the holidays at home with their parents and friends.... Mrs M. B. Green who has been in the hospital in Little Rock has returned home but is yet on the sick list... Mrs Latonia Robinson who has been in Little Rock was home for the holidays...
Mrs. C. S. Smith visited her nephew in Memphis during the holidays.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Census Enumeration Maps

Dallas County Census Enumeration Maps are available online from the National Archives.

1950 Enumeration Map for Dallas County, Arkansas

According to the website, The records consists of maps for Dallas County for the 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940, 1950, 1960, and 1970 census. It also contains maps for the following locations and census years: Carthage (1950, 1960, 1970); Dalark (1960, 1970); Fordyce (1930, 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970); Princeton (1970); and Sparkman (1950, 1960, 1970).
Not all records are available online, but some of the maps are available to download. Check them out here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Carthage-Arkansas State Press-October 02, 1953

Henrietta Murphy
Mrs. Pearl Oakley, agent for the Williams’ Burial association, attended an agency getting held in Fordyce on the 17th. She was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Alie Watkins and Lucious Smith.
Rev. and Mrs. Albright are very lonely for his home in Memphis…
Mrs. Irene Anderson is in the hospital in Little Rock, where she has undergone an operation, and is reported doing fine….
Tom Oakley is yet on the sick list and is reported improving gradually…
Rev. Williams, paster First Baptist church, was accompanied to a singing convention in Camden last Sunday evening by Mesdames Laura Smith, Pearlie Dobbins, Latonia Robinson, Vela Mae Westbrooks and Johnie Mae Westbrooks and Johnnie Mae Ohair…
Mrs. Willie Hill visited her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Oakley, Sr., Sunday evening …
Mrs. Evelyn Green and granddaughter, Kathelen are back from Rockford, Ill…
Marshall Hogans made a flying trip from Michigan to Arkansas on special business, where his daughter, Dora Jene will attend social.

Date: Friday, October 2, 1953   Paper: Arkansas State Press (Little Rock, AR)   Page: 2  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Tulip - January 1947

Newspaper clipping from the Arkansas State Press

Mattie Mae Smith
The Sunday School is progressing greatly under the leadership of the Superintendent J. D. Smith. The Senior Class is leading in the Sunday School and they hope to continue to lead…
Rev. B. F. Lunnon is loyal to his church. His place is filled at Toons Chapel A. M. E. Church every first and third Sunday…
Two new members have been added to the church. They are Bernice Smith and Mamie Daily.
Eugene Smith was here visiting from Leola, Arkansas.

Arkansas State Press (Little Rock, AR) Friday, January 3, 1947 P.6

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Victoria Walker

For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in this cemetery are related to me or my family.

Victoria Walker
Sept 22, 1924
June 16, 1986
I do not have any additional information on Victoria, so If you know any additional information on Victoria or her family, please let me know.

Monday, May 12, 2014


I am trying to figure out who this picture is. The name was given as M. Pattillo, and was shared with me by Tracie Oakley (Thank You!), but I have not been able to figure out which of the many M. Pattillo, I have in my files that this could be.

M. Pattillo; original photo in the collection of Fred & Mary Oakley

Friday, October 5, 2012

Follow Friday: Webinar with 23andMe & AAGSNC


The African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC) ( is proud to announce it's first public webinar on November 14, 2012 at 6pm PST!  The webinar, Roots Revealed: Going Deeper with 23andMe, is a follow up to a members only webinar that took place earlier this year called Understanding 23andMe.

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