Desha County, Arkansas – History & Families 1838-2023

Retail Price: $59.95

The Desha County Historical Group is sponsoring, compiling, and publishing a new book documenting the history of Desha County and its people, from yesterday to today. The Desha County, Arkansas Family History Book, Volume I will feature all aspects of our communities, churches, businesses, farms, organizations, and more, plus hundreds of family histories, past and present. We would like to include your family’s rich history in our new book!

The Desha County, Arkansas Family History Book, Vol. I, will contain material from 1838 through 2023, with approximately 200 to 300 pages. This hardback, library quality, smyth-sewn 8-1/2 x 11-inch book will be bound in an elegant Navy, swirl-grained leatherette cover with a gold foil-stamped seal depicting Desha County’s rustic heritage on the front, and gold on the spine. What an heirloom to give your children and grandchildren!

IDEAS FOR WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY: Everyone has a family history, and even if you recently moved to the county, we want yours! Give the date your family came to Desha County, where they originated, and vocation before settling here. Tell about any interesting stories from childhood; include marriages, children, job, military, education, organizations participated in, etc. Write your stories in third person (use he, she, they). The family history must be written in 500 words or less; there will be a charge of 15¢ per word for all over 500. Please submit your story typed on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper, double spaced if possible.

PLEASE SEND ONE PHOTOGRAPH (current or historic) to be used with your family story; an extra photo can be included for only $15.00. Because the photograph will be handled many times, send a professional copy (no Xeroxes please) that is not valuable or irreplaceable. Write in pencil your name and address on the back of all pictures. Indicate the names of people, date, and caption for the picture. Your material will be returned when the book is completed. In addition, please feel free to send any rare historic photos you wish to be printed. We will include as many as we can.

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This historical book is AVAILABLE ON A PRESALE BASIS ONLY and is priced at $59.95. Your check should be made out to Desha County Family History Book. It will be necessary to collect orders in advance of publication, since we are going to print only a limited number of books. All money will be held in escrow at a local bank for payment to the publishing company later. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be recorded in Desha County’s family history book.

There is NO CHARGE for having your history and one photo published in this book. Your history, picture(s), and book order(s) should be sent in no later than July 15, 2022. Send your material to:

Desha Co. Historical Group
c/o Darlene Stevens
240 Stevens Rd • Tillar, AR 71670

Family histories, photographs, and book orders may also be emailed to, delivered in person to McGehee Branch Library, 211 N. 4th St. in McGehee, Mon. 9-1:30, Tu-Th 9-5:30, Sat. 10-2, or submitted online at

Desha County, Arkansas

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    Max. file size: 300 MB.
      Word files only—do not embed photos in your story
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      Max. file size: 300 MB.
        JPEG, TIFF, or PNG files only. For best reproduction in print, file size should be 500kb or larger. The first photo is free; additional photos are $15.00 each.
      • Thank you for submitting your history and photos. While no book purchase is required for your submission, only those who order in advance at the special pre-sale price are guaranteed receiving a copy of the book. To reserve your copy now, scroll to the top of the page.

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      Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.

      Book Details
      Pages: To be determined pages
      Product Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"
      ISBN: Presale
      Cover Type: Hardcover
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