Independence County Library to Host Genealogy Program: “Tracing Your Family Through Freedmen’s Bureau”.




The Independence County Library is continuing their genealogy presentations, on Friday, February 16, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. at The Loft in the Barnet Building, located at 267 East Main St., Batesville, AR. Our guest speaker, Tatyana Oyinloye, African American History Coordinator, Arkansas State Archives, will be presenting, “Tracing Your Family Through Freedmen’s Bureau”. Parking is in the back lot or on the street. Entry is through the back-entrance way. Enter for a chance to win a door prize. Must be present to win. This presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the library at (870) 793-8814 or e-mail at

Cathy Drew is a life long resident of the region that she loves to promote! As a matter of fact, she was born in Downtown Batesville in the late ’60s in one of the eight counties she now loves to encourage people to visit.
Drew is married to her husband of 27 years, Jeff Drew. Jeff and Cathy have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew and his wife Devyn Stewart and can’t leave out her grandson Jase Drew. Of course Drew can’t skip the other part of her family, the pets! Lady Bird (a stray that was welcomed into their home June 2012) and of course Howard – the puppy was compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arrival at the Drew home. They also have Kasha which Cathy inherited when your mother passed in 2016 and they adopted Bullet a stray in November of 2016 and the newest arrival Bullet a stray adopted into the family.

Drew, part of Ozark Gateway Region since 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.) for the association where she helped produce their annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region June, 2000.