Heber Springs, Arkansas, may be only seven square miles in size and have a population just a little more than 7,000, but this small town is big enough to have its own newspaper, the “Jacksonian”—and GenealogyBank has it available online to help with your family history searches in “The Natural State.”
The newspaper articles and obituaries in these historical small town newspapers often give genealogical details not usually found in the big city newspapers.
For example, let’s look at the wealth of family history detail found in Mary A. (Gennoe) Moore’s obituary.
From this old obituary we learn these vital statistics:
- Name: Mary A. Moore
- Maiden name: Gennoe
- Date of death: Thursday, 12 January 1893
- Place of death: at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas
- Date of birth: 18 February 1832
- Birthplace: Tennessee
- Husband: I. R. Moore
- Date of marriage: 22 February 1857
We also learn the following personal details about her life:
- Both she and her husband grew up in the same community
- They had known each other since childhood
- In November 1857 the married couple moved near Springfield, Missouri
- In January 1866 they moved to Boone County, Arkansas
- In 1884 they moved to Yell County, Arkansas
- Around 1889 they moved to Heber Springs, Arkansas
- They had eight children, seven of whom survived Mary
- Children: J. R. B., T. C., and I. W. Moore, and Mrs. Nancy E. Wilson lived in Heber Springs
- Children: Mrs. P. D. L. Baity, Mrs. Sarah P. Hastings, and J. F. Moore lived in Dardanelle
The rest of this old obituary described the funeral and the deep feelings everyone in this small community had for “Grandma Moore.”
Where else but in newspapers can we find this much detail about the lives of our ancestors?
Sure—we probably have the tradition passed down that they were born in Tennessee, and later moved to Heber Springs. But, would we know that they also lived in Springfield, Boone County and Yell County? Would we know the dates of Mary’s birth and marriage, or the names and places of residence of her seven surviving children?
So much family history information in just one historical obituary!
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