Saturday, December 4th, 2010 03:26 pm
If you are like me, and are trying to cut down on the volume of paper that naturally comes with genealogy (I'm scanning as fast as I can), then you probably leap at the chance to get historic documents in a digitized format. Especially when long texts are searchable...

If you are an Arkansas researcher, or know one, I have two Arkansas Goodspeed CDs that came to me by mistake from Arkansas Research, Inc.

I ordered one set of CDs, and what I got was two others, Goodspeed's A Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region, and Goodspeed's History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, etc. Counties of Arkansas, which were destined for a woman in Utah.

I contacted the owner of ARI, Desmond Walls Allen, as soon as I realized what happened. My name was on the priority mail envelope, but the Utah order was inside.

I asked her how to go about getting the Utah order to its destination. Desmond told me not to worry - it was her mistake and she'd fix it. She said if I had no use for the CDs to donate them. I already have all the Goodspeed everything-that-was-ever-written-about -Arkansas CDs.

My order arrived two days later.

I've offered these CDs to the Arkansas History Commission, and since they have not replied to my email, I am offering them here.

If you are not familiar with the Goodspeed Publishing Co., here's the Wiki page on it.

They are a hoot - besides providing some really good historical background and biographical sketches of the movers and shakers of designated areas of the US in the 1880's, the flowery writing style of the time just cracks me up.

Anyway, if someone wants the CDs, leave a comment and we'll figure out a way for me to get your snail mail address without breaching your privacy...

ETA: The CDs have been claimed. They will have a good home.

I just love it when that happens.