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In 1961 we moved to Pea Ridge Arkansas. We caught a bus and went to school in Jane Missouri. I was in the 7th grade that year. My best friend, who I found out was also my second cousin, was in the same grade. Her name was Dottie Keene. She told me her father's name was Bill Keene. She never mentioned her mother. She never talked about having sisters and brothers. I believe she was an only child. My mother was a Keene and her father's name was Arval Adalbert, and everyone called him Zack. He was born into a large family, the mother being Sarah Menerva McCool, who was married to Willis David Keene. Willis was born in 1867 and Sarah 1878. There were 10 kids who lived, and one died of SIDS at an early age. Bill was the 9th child, who I once thought was Dottie's father. In my search to find Dottie, a cousin told me that a family member told her that Bill had gone off on the sly and got a lady pregnant, who lived in one of the hollers in Pea Ridge, and his other family didn't take to this very well and they moved away. Then one of the grandkids of Uncle Bill told me that the girl did not carry the last name of Keene. There was still a Dottie Keene, and we were the same age, and she lived in one of the hollers in Pea Ridge, and when I asked her what her father's name was, I could almost swear that she said, "Bill" I heard that the girl's mother passed away and she was living in her mother's same house, but no one seems to know of her. There has got to be someone who knew her, besides myself, who also knew her, as a Keene, who maybe knew who she married. Married names throw people off on searches too. I stopped searching for a while, but now reaching out for help or ideas. I don't live too far from Pea Ridge myself, and I just married a man who has a car. We may go visit the town and ask around, but if anyone has any ideas, let me know.

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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

You can go to familytreenow.com. You can look up names of people. If they have not opted out, you can get their address and phone numbers.

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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

Is the school you attended still in existance? I would start there to confirm her name. While school records are not public, graduations are public info (8th grade and 12th). Also, in that date, newspapers went onto microfishe. You might find some records that way as well. Dottie is a nickname, often for Dorothy. Have you looked under Dorothy or Dorothy for the first name?

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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

Yes, Little Rock Elementary is torn down, but she may have attended one more year, and maybe even finished High School. I think that Pea Ridge had a high school then, but not an elementary, so they sent us to White Rock school in Jane, Mo. Yes, i realized that Dotty was short for Dorothy. I just wish that I would run into someone who also went to school with her, that knew more about her mother and family. Thank you very much for your email.

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April 22, 20170 found this helpful

What is Microfishe?

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April 24, 20170 found this helpful

Microfiche is a type of analog storage that was used by libraries before the advent of the computer. Images are reduced and printed on a clear material which can be read and enlarged by a specific machine. Many older libraries and universities still have extensive microfiche collections, and old government documents were also archived in this way.

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April 24, 20170 found this helpful

defined as: "a flat piece of film containing microphotographs of the pages of a newspaper, catalog, or other document." Basically they take pictures of newspapers and documents in a small high resolution format which then could be viewed using magnification.

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April 25, 20170 found this helpful

She won't be on the 1940 census. Are these newspapers set up in our libraries? And what do I need to look for? Maybe birth records, to find her mothers name? And later marriage records. I have a feeling that she may not have went to High School. Her mother struggled for money, I do know that. I never got to meet her mother. She never asked me to come to visit. Probably not enough food for an extra child to be there. I only went to school with her for one year. If i could learn her mothers name, it would not be so hard to find her. I do know that her mother is not alive anymore. Mine isn't either. Both my parents are gone. I am old enough now to have lived a full life, myself. For all you who would like to help me find her, we must remember, she is around 68 to 59 years old now. Retirement age!

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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

What year would she have been born in?

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April 21, 20170 found this helpful

(1947-1948) She was about my age, but I had to wait and start school a year later than most kids that year. My birthday was the first part of November and in Indiana, the deadline to start to school was

October 31st, Halloween, lol, so I had to wait the following year to start the first grade. I live in MO now.

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

I found out she didn't go to High School. I looked on the Alumni for pictures and she wasn't in any of them.

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May 24, 20170 found this helpful

There is no record under vital statistics, under her being married in Arkansas. I need to check Mo now

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