Tuesday, July 30, 2019

NEARA Makes Presentation at Genealogy Event

Dr. Fatme Myuhtar-May lectures July 20 at the Craighead
County Public Library in Jonesboro.

Dr. Fatme Myuhtar-May, archival manager at the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, provided a summary of the branch’s holdings July 20 at the Craighead County Public Library in Jonesboro as part of Genealogy Night Lock-in.

About 120 people attended the annual event. Myuhtar-May spoke before an audience of 40 genealogy enthusiasts. She talked about the services, resources and collections, including the Lawrence County Court and Walnut Ridge Court records, available to researchers at NEARA.

The court records are among the core collections of the branch and have been well used as a source of genealogical and academic research.

Myuhtar-May explained how NEARA’s staff prepare detailed indexes – in addition to finding aids – for the collections that can then be searched to locate a person’s name, a location, a year or an event with a few computer-keyboard clicks. She also highlighted how important the work of volunteers and interns is for NEARA in processing collections and making them research-accessible.

“Making collections available to the public requires a lot of work,” Myuhtar-May said. “We could not do it without our volunteers and paid summer interns.”

The branch recently held its annual Volunteer Day. About 18 volunteers helped NEARA unfold court records June 14. NEARA summer intern Lindsay Penn also has diligently indexed records.
“I am very grateful to them all, as well as to our sponsors who make it possible to hire an intern,” Myuhtar-May said.

Myuhtar-May invited the audience to visit the archives and to become volunteers. Residents can volunteer in multiple ways and can take part in archival initiatives, such as the Gathering Oral Histories Project, which collects audio stories.

For more information, contact NEARA at 870-878-6521 or email the archival manager at Fatme.Myuhtar.May@arkansas.gov.