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Our Genealogical Helper for Algoa ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Algoa (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Algoa. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in Algoa ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Algoa.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Algoa, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Algoa.

Cemeteries Near Algoa ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Algoa.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Algoa covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Briar Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Eight Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bill Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sand Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Givens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lampkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gourd Neck Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Hankins - Sullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wilkerson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harper - Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Leachville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Anthony Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Post Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

While we didn't find Algoa in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Algoa.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Algoa, with the one closest to Algoa listed first.

Remmel   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Algoa
 - Remmel had a post office and no railroad service
Shoffner   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Algoa
 - Shoffner had railroad service and no post office
Auvergne   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Algoa
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Auvergne had a post office and railroad service
Weldon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Algoa
 - Weldon had a post office and railroad service
Fisher   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Algoa
 - Fisher had a post office and railroad service
Hickory Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Algoa
 - Hickory Ridge had railroad service and no post office
Tupelo   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Algoa
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 168 people in 2017)
 - Tupelo had a post office and railroad service
Grubbs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Algoa
 - Grubbs had a post office and no railroad service
Newport   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Algoa
 - 1895 population of 1,571 people (with 7,690 people in 2017)
 - Newport had a post office and railroad service
Diaz   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Algoa
 - Diaz had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Algoa. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Algoa in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Algoa is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: Craighead, Cross, Independence, Lawrence, Poinsett, White & Woodruff.

Below are the counties that are near Algoa. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Algoa:

Jackson     (The home county for Algoa)
      Amagon   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Balch   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Beedeville   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Weldon   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Island Town   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gourd Neck   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grubbs   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Newport   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tupelo   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Diaz   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Campbell Station   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cash   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bono   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jonesboro   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Philadelphia   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bay   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brookland   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Earle   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hickory Ridge   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cherry Valley   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vanndale   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bay Village   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wynne   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Twist   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Parkin   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thida   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oil Trough   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Newark   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cord   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Magness   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rosie   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sulphur Rock   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Charlotte   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pleasant Plains   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Salado   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alicia   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Saffell   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Minturn   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sedgwick   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hoxie   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Portia   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Powhatan   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Walnut Ridge   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fargo   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fisher   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Waldenburg   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Weiner   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Harrisburg   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Trumann   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marked Tree   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Little Dixie   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sand Hill   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Francis
      Colt   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goodwin   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Palestine   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Forrest City   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wheatley   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Madison   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grange   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cave City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bradford   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Russell   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sunnydale   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Judsonia   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kensett   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Griffithville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Higginson   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Searcy   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McCrory   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Patterson   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Howell   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hunter   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cotton Plant   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Algoa, see our County-by-County Page for Algoa.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Algoa:

These websites are specific to Arkansas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Arkansas History Commission

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Arkansas to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Craighead County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crittenden County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cross County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Independence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Poinsett County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prairie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Francis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sharp County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
White County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Woodruff County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Jackson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Jackson County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Arkansas

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Arkansas

About Jackson County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Algoa. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Jackson County:

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Algoa. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Algoa) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Algoa. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Algoa

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Algoa. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.5074, Longitude: -91.1164     [Map].

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Algoa, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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