Local History and Genealogy

 Downtown Wynne, AR, 1950s. Provided by Cross County Historical Society. Taken from the Born and Raised in the South Blog at http://ltc4940.blogspot.com/2008/09/wynne-ar.html. 

There are ample resources in the libraries of Cross and Woodruff Counties for studying local history and genealogy. The Cross County Library and the Augusta Library both have an "Arkansas Room" where books documenting local heritage are available. All materials are cataloged and included in the library catalog.  The Parkin Branch Library also has a "Parkin Room" with historical documents and materials about the community.


Both the Wynne and Augusta libraries carry extensive microfilm holdings of Cross and Woodruff County newspapers, many dating back to the early 1900s. The Cross County Library also has microfilm holdings of newspapers from St. Francis County. Both libraries may have microfilm of area census records and other local records. Reader/Printers are available.


The following links may be helpful in conducting local history and genealogy research:



ARGenWeb Main Page

Provides connections to county organizations and documents, databases and query lists of items related to state genealogy.

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.

Arkansas Genealogy.com

A large collection of free online genealogy resources for research of Arkansas genealogy: cemeteries, census, vital records, biographies, histories, etc.

Arkansas History Commission

Is one of the oldest existing state agencies in The Natural State. Has a large number of both primary and secondary resources available for genealogical and historical research, and its collections are always growing.

Cross County (ARGenWeb)

Guide to Cross County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Cross County Historical Society

Collects and disseminates knowledge of the county's past. Includes officer list, membership, bylaws, newsletter, information about the long range plan.

Cyndi's List - Arkansas

More than 334000 links! 333000 links, categorized & cross-referenced, in more than 200 categories. Another 900+ uncategorized new links in the works.

Encyclopedia of Arkansas

A web-based reference work, is a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Heritage Quest

Combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.

Woodruff County Historical Society (ARGenWeb)

Has existed since 1972, providing history of the county. In the past, they have published information on the history and families of Woodruff County. Their publications included a yearly book named Rivers and Roads and Points in Between and two cemetery books, representing a cemetery inventory done in the 1970's.

Woodruff County Historical Society (Rootsweb)

A Web Page about the History and Genealogy of Woodruff County.

Historic Augusta Presbyterian Church, now the Woodruff County Historical Society. Photo by AR. Dept. of Parks and Tourism. Taken from the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture website.