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Local digest June 10, 2021

June 9, 2021 at 8:30 p.m.

Nancy Webb Wood to speak at Genealogical Society meeting

Nancy Webb Wood, charter member of the Union County Genealogical Society, will be the speaker for the June 13, 2021 meeting to be held at 2 p.m. in the Barton Library at 200 East 5th Street in El Dorado, Arkansas. The topic is burned counties.

The speaker’s ancestors, Sherrod and Elizabeth Pace Roland, lived in the St. Francis County, Arkansas Territory from 1829 to 1834. Although the county had three courthouse fires and there are no records before 1874, she was able to fill in the events of their lives in Arkansas by using federal census records, state tax rolls and Sheriff census, books, newspapers, internet, family stories and a visit to the location. The Rolands had interesting, exciting and historical lives in Arkansas.

Suggestions for family research in burned counties will be presented. Guests are welcome to attend the meeting and light refreshments will be served. Guests should enter at the back entrance.

Waiting to Excel family open house today

A family open house is being held today ahead of the start of the Waiting to Excel summer day camp, which will be held from June 14 through July 29 every week day from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The open house will be held at St. John Baptist Church at 1016 Wilson St. at 6 p.m.

Calion City Council meeting today

The Calion City Council will meet today at 7 p.m.

El Dorado Historic District Commission to meet today

The El Dorado Historic District Commission will meet at noon today in the Union County Sports Hall of Fame Museum/South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society office at 412 E. Faulkner. The group is expected to discuss a proposal to nominate the Rock Island/East Hillsboro railroad overpass to the National Register of Historic Places. The overpass lies along the route of planned improvements to Hillsboro/U.S. 82 B through El Dorado.

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