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Our Genealogical Helper for Rison ...

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 Rison (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 Rison. 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 the area of Rison ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rison.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Rison. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Rison and those printed in the larger area surrounding Rison.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> of Rison.

Cemeteries Near Rison ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rison.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Humble Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Varnell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Harlow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Randolph Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cherry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Seymore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Kingsland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kingsland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grace Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Gum Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Camp Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNE Brown Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Shell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Canada 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 in 1895, Rison had a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Rison had a population of 1,256 people.

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

Toledo   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rison
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Toledo had a post office and no railroad service
Kedron   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rison
 - Kedron had a post office and railroad service
Kingsland   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rison
 - 1895 population of 464 people (with 414 people in 2017)
 - Kingsland had a post office and railroad service
Calmer   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Rison
 - Calmer had a post office and no railroad service
Randall   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rison
 - Randall had a post office and no railroad service
Ripley - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ripley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rison
 - Ripley had a post office and no railroad service
Rowell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rison
 - Rowell had a post office and no railroad service
Faith   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rison
 - Faith had a post office and no railroad service
Como - Historic   [Map]
 - While Como was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rison
 - Como had a post office and no railroad service

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

Rison is located in Cleveland County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cleveland County: Bradley, Calhoun, Dallas, Drew, Grant, Jefferson & Lincoln.

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

Cleveland     (The home county for Rison)
      Staves   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saline   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      White Oak Bluff   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kingsland   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      New Edinburg   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rye   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Warren   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Banks   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Farmville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sumpter   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hermitage   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jersey   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thornton   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tinsman   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hampton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shumaker   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harrell   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ivan   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fordyce   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bunn   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Carthage   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sparkman   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mitchellville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dumas   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wilmar   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Monticello   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grapevine   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Slabtown   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Center Grove   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Leola   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sheridan   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Prattsville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Poyen   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tull   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hot Spring
      Lono   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sulphur Springs   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pinebergen   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Bluff   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moscow   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tamo   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Altheimer   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sherrill   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Redfield   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wright   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wabbaseka   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tucker   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Star City   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Yorktown   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Crigler   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Meroney   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tyro   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grady   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gould   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bearden   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      East Camden   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hensley   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodson   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holly Springs   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Rison:

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 Cleveland County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bradley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Desha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Drew County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hot Spring County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ouachita County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
White County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rison ...

While our initial data for Rison came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Rison 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 Rison.

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 Rison:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Rison in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Rison for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Rison.
      See our Misc Page for Rison for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Arkansas

About Cleveland County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rison. 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' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Rison. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Rison) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Rison. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Rison

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rison. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9567, Longitude: -92.1932     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rison 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 Rison, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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