Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Genealogy Book Index

     In addition to our obituary index, we have a genealogy book index, which consists of books in the library's Arkansas section of genealogy. These books were not among the ones that already had an index, so we created one for them. There are various types of Arkansas genealogy books that we've done such as: cemeteries, churches, schools, biographies and history of some the counties here within the state. 
     I've had several people ask, "what's the purpose of creating an index for a book?" Well, to a person that is doing research, it could provide more information than what an obituary did not list. Some books may not give that much information if the name is found, but it may be linked to another name that may be helpful in some other way. 
     Currently we have over 155,000 names in our database and have indexed over 129 books. For more information on the index or how to request a copy, go to the library's home page, http://pbjclibrary.state.ar.us/ At the bottom of the home page click on, Genealogy Book Search and click on “About Index” or “Request Photocopy” tabs.