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Our Genealogical Helper for Sonora ...

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 Sonora (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 Sonora. 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 Sonora ...

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 125 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sonora.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sonora, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sonora.

Cemeteries Near Sonora ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sonora.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Head Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Joyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Butler Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Oxford Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hickory Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mayfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dibler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Forest Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Holcomb Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Stearns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Round Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Fairview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Frisco Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Culwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Vaughan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morriss Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Silent Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Stuckey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Buckner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE War Eagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goad Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Boatrigth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Denny Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Comfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fayetteville National Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Combs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Burkhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Stokenbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Colbaugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Best Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McReynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ozark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Joseph 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 Sonora in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sonora.

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

Goshen   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sonora
 - Goshen had a post office and no railroad service
 
Creech   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Sonora
 - Creech had a post office and no railroad service
 
Wyman   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sonora
 - Wyman had a post office and railroad service
 
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Sonora
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Springdale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sonora
 - 1895 population of 906 people (with 79,599 people in 2017)
 - Springdale had a post office and railroad service
 
Johnson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sonora
 - Johnson had a post office and railroad service
 
Summit - Historic   [Map]
 - While Summit was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sonora
 - Summit had railroad service and no post office
 
Baldwin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sonora
 - Baldwin 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 Sonora. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sonora 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 west contained birth and death records; the county to the north 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.

Sonora is located in Washington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington County: Benton, Crawford, Madison & Adair (OK).

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

  DirectionDistance
Washington     (The home county for Sonora)
      Blue Springs Village   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      War Eagle Cove   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mayfield   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Springdale   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Johnson   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elm Springs   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tontitown   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fayette Junction   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Greenland   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Benton
      Bethel Heights   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      War Eagle   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Prairie Creek   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cave Springs   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rogers   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Avoca   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Little Flock   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bentonville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lost Bridge Village   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Highfill   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Centerton   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
 
Carroll
      Winona Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eureka Springs   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Metalton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Holiday Island   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dryfork   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rudd   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Urbanette   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Green Forest   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Town - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Conway
      Grandview   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Crawford
      Winfrey   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Locke   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chester   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountainburg   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Natural Dam   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Madison
      Whitener   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hindsville   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wesley   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Marble   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Witter   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Combs   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Saint Paul   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pettigrew   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boston   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Newton
      Ponca   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Barry (MO)
      Seligman (MO)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Washburn (MO)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eagle Rock (MO)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chain-O-Lakes (MO)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Golden (MO)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Exeter (MO)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arrow Point (MO)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Emerald Beach (MO)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cassville (MO)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shell Knob (MO)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Butterfield (MO)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hill City (MO)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
McDonald (MO)
      Jane (MO)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Powell (MO)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pineville (MO)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Noel (MO)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ginger Blue (MO)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lanagan (MO)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wylie (MO)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      South West City (MO)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rocky Comfort (MO)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Anderson (MO)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Adair (OK)
      Watts Community (OK)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Watts (OK)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Westville (OK)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Addielee (OK)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peavine (OK)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fairfield (OK)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Peavine (OK)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Christie (OK)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Marietta (OK)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Salem (OK)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stilwell (OK)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Chewey (OK)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Delaware (OK)
      West Siloam Springs (OK)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dripping Springs (OK)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Colcord (OK)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flint Creek (OK)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sycamore (OK)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cloud Creek (OK)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Sonora:

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conway County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crawford County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Newton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Barry County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
McDonald County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Adair County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Delaware County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Washington County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Washington 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 ...
      Missouri
      Oklahoma

Other Roadside Stops ...



Cities, Towns and Villages of Arkansas

About Washington County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Washington County: www.co.washington.ar.us/

The official website for State of Arkansas: www.arkansas.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sonora. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.1654, Longitude: -94.0449     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sonora 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: findagrave.com.

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

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