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Author donates to Research Room in Ash Flat Library

This article was originally published October 4, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. Updated October 3, 2012 at 10:26 a.m.


Eva Royal, left, secretary of the Sharp County Historical Society, accepts a book with Sharp County genelogical information from Joayce Hambleton Whitten for the society.

— Joyce Hambleton Whitten visited the Sharp County Historical Society’s Rose Berry Thompson Research Room in the Ash Flat Library earlier this month to donate books that she has written that compile genealogical records that residents and visitors can use to research their Sharp County ancestors. Whitten and her husband, James, delivered five books and a disc to the society.

Researchers and genealogists now have access to Marriage Records of Sharp County, by Joyce Hambleton Whitten; the 1870 and 1880 Sharp County Census, transcribed and indexed by Whitten; the 1860 Lawrence County Census Index; and Sharp County Arkansas Cemeteries, compiled by Thomas Neal Burge and Family, and edited by Lola Caraway.

Whitten has begun a new project, Beyond the Tombstone: Inscriptions of Sharp County, Arkansas and invites everyone interested to construct their own pages to include in the book, located in the historical society’s Research Room in the library. A single page would contain the full name of a Sharp County ancestor, as well as his or her birth and death dates, cemetery location and obituary, if known.

To add a page to the project, contact the Sharp County Historical Society, P.O. Box 185, Ash Flat, AR 72513; or email


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