Posted by on June 20, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

 

Library of Congress, “Ozark Children, Arkansas,” print from black and white negative, Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, ( http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a16351/ : accessed 20 Jun 2014), Reproduction no. USF33-006064-M1

Library of Congress, “Ozark Children, Arkansas,” print from black and white negative,
Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, ( http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a16351/ : accessed 20 Jun 2014), Reproduction no. USF33-006064-M1

Arkansas was admitted to the Union in 1836 as the 25th state.

Here are five things you might not know about the Natural State:

  1. Diamonds were discovered in Murfreesboro in 1906; the diamond is the official state gem.
  2. Oil was discovered near the town of Smackover in 1920; the name Smackover is a variation of “Sumac Couvert” which means “covered in sumac.”
  3. Alma, Arkansas is known as the Spinach Capital of the world.
  4. Johnny Cash, the Man in Black, was born in Kingsland, Arkansas.
  5. Arkansas is from the Quapaw word acansa which means “downstream place or south wind.”

Our new free state guide, “Arkansas Research Guide: Family History Sources in the Natural State,” has an overview and timeline of the state, along with resources to explore when searching for your Mississippi ancestors.

Guides for other states are also available in the Learning Center under Free State Research Guides.

About Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.

2 Comments

Anne Gillespie Mitchell 

Starla, my Mitchells, well they are acutally my husbands, are from Kentucky

June 21, 2014 at 6:05 am
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