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Our Genealogical Helper for Holly Grove ...

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 Holly Grove (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 Holly Grove. 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.

Name Variations for Holly Grove ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Holly Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for Holly Grove: Holly Grv.

Newspapers Published in Holly Grove ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Holly Grove.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Holly Grove, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Holly Grove.

Cemeteries Near Holly Grove ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Holly Grove.

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 Holly Grove covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Travelers Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Redmans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Franks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dyer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Goodwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Whitehall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bateman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Roc Roe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Hunters Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Bonds Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wofford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Postelle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Life Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Paul 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Holly Grove had a population of 353 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Holly Grove had a population of 539 people.

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

Duncan   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Holly Grove
 - Duncan had a post office and no railroad service
Pine City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Holly Grove
 - Pine City had a post office and railroad service
Palmer   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Holly Grove
 - Palmer had a post office and railroad service
Casscoe   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Holly Grove
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Casscoe had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Adams   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Holly Grove
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Mount Adams had a post office and no railroad service
Clarendon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Holly Grove
 - 1895 population of 1,060 people (with 1,445 people in 2017)
 - Clarendon had a post office and railroad service
Crockett's Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Holly Grove
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Crockett's Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Monroe   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Holly Grove
 - Monroe had a post office and no railroad service
Roe   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Holly Grove
 - Roe had a post office and railroad service
Hicksville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Holly Grove
 - Hicksville had a post office and railroad service

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

Holly Grove is located in Monroe County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monroe County: Arkansas, Lee, Phillips, Prairie, Saint Francis & Woodruff.

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

Monroe     (The home county for Holly Grove)
      Pine City   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Clarendon   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Monroe   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Roe   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brinkley   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fargo   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Preston Ferry   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Casscoe   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Crockett's Bluff   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Saint Charles   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Almyra   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ethel   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stuttgart   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      De Witt   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tichnor   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bayou Meto   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gillett   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Snow Lake   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Humphrey   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reydell   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wabbaseka   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moro   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Aubrey   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rondo   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      LaGrange   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marianna   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Haynes   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Phillips Bayou   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brickeys   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Parkers Corner   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Humnoke   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Carlisle   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Allport   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Seaton   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coy   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Turner   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Turkey Scratch   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Marvell   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Poplar Grove   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lambrook   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Barton   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lexa   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oneida   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wabash   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elaine   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mellwood   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ulm   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Biscoe   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      De Valls Bluff   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tollville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hazen   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Little Dixie   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Screeton   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Des Arc   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sand Hill   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hickory Plains   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Francis
      Wheatley   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Goodwin   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Palestine   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Forrest City   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cotton Plant   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hunter   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Howell   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Coahoma (MS)
      Friars Point (MS)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that 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 Holly Grove:

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 Monroe County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Arkansas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Desha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lonoke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Phillips 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    
White County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Woodruff County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coahoma County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Monroe County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Monroe 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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Holly Grove ...

While our initial data for Holly Grove came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Holly Grove in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Holly Grove.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Holly Grove:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Holly Grove in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Holly Grove for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Holly Grove.
      See our Misc Page for Holly Grove for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Arkansas

About Monroe County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Holly Grove. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Holly Grove) 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 Holly Grove. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Holly Grove

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Holly Grove. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5976, Longitude: -91.2002     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Holly Grove have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Holly Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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