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The Melting Pot Genealogical Society

MPGS Celebrates 40 Years of Finding One More Relative!

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About Us

The Melting Pot Genealogical Society was organized in September 1976 by Ms. Inez Cline and others. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to the assimilation and preservation of historical and genealogical documents. We publish an annual journal, The Kettle, and other books of genealogical significance to Garland County, Arkansas.  We maintain a genealogy reference library of over 6,000 volumes, historical journals, microfilm, and microfiche.

The Melting Pot is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are continually adding to our collections of genealogy materials.  All donations including books, supply items or cash are tax deductible.  See our Wish List page for donation ideas.


Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in genealogy.  Members receive a monthly newsletter and one copy per family of the annual periodical, The Kettle, as well as the privilege of checking out books from the library.  Annual dues are $25.00, which includes both husband and wife, plus an additional $4.00 for postage cost if the member cannot pick up their copy of The Kettle.


The MPGS provides several services to the public.  Obituary copies can be ordered for a fee.  Check out the Obituaries page for pricing and instructions.  Society members also provide surname research as requested.  The current fee is $50 per family/surname line.  A printed report is provided.  Research does not extend outside of the USA.  Additional fees may be incurred if copies of certificates are required.  Contact the librarian for details. 


Cemetery book
Garland County, Arkansas Cemetery and Burial Site Directory
From Adair to Wilson, a comprehensive listing of 133 burial sites within the county of Garland in the state of Arkansas.  Includes photographs, maps and GPS locations.

Calendar of Events

The MPGS meets on the fourth Tuesday at 12:30 pm at the MPGS Library in every month in September through December and March through June.  The public is invited to all meetings.  Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events page. If you would like your family, school, church, community or reunion events added to the calendar, please email the webmaster. We will post cemetery cleanup days.

How to Contact Us

We welcome comments and/or corrections. To contact via US Mail, please be sure to use our post office box!

To contact us via email, use one of the email addresses noted at the top of the page.  The webmaster's address should be used to send photographs or corrections.  The library's address should be used to request information or ask questions from the society.

Have you written a Family History?

The MPGS would like to include your family history in our library either in book form, descendant's reports, or  pedigree charts. Contact the Librarian.

The MPGS Library reading room is open to the public from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm each Monday and Friday.  More can be found on the library information page.

The Melting Pot logo was designed by Douglas Eddie Rice.

Checkout the "What's New" page or this link for news from the Melting Pot Officers.

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Garland County, Arkansas: Our History and Heritage book cover.


Garland County, Arkansas: Our History and Heritage. This 700 page volume published by the Garland County Historical Society and the Melting Pot Genealogical Society has been SOLD OUT.