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Our Genealogical Helper for South Bend ...

So far, we have found very little information about South Bend. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added South Bend to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with South Bend, please Contact Us.

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 South Bend (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 South Bend. 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 South Bend ...

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 South Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Bend: S. Bend

Newspapers Published in South Bend ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Bend.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Bend, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Bend.

Cemeteries Near South Bend ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of South Bend.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  WNW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Boggins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Refeld Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Skull Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Gillett Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Champion Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Lemmons Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Banks Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Massey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Hinmon Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Free Gift Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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.

South Bend itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 25 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Douglas   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from South Bend
 - Douglas had a post office and no railroad service
Pendleton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 482 people
 - Pendleton had a post office and no railroad service
Arkansas Post - Historic   [Map]
 - While Arkansas Post was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Arkansas Post had a post office and no railroad service
Cummins   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from South Bend
 - Cummins had a post office and no railroad service
Reedville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from South Bend
 - Reedville had a post office and railroad service
Varner   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Varner had a post office and railroad service
Medford - Historic   [Map]
 - While Medford was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Medford had a post office and railroad service
Dumas   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from South Bend
 - Dumas 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 South Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Bend 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.

Although our information shows that the community of South Bend is historic, it would have been located within present day Lincoln County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lincoln County: Arkansas, Cleveland, Desha, Drew & Jefferson.

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

Lincoln     (The home county for South Bend)
      Gould   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Grady   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Meroney   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Crigler   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Tyro   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Yorktown   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Star City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gillett   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bayou Meto   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tichnor   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      De Witt   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Ethel   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Almyra   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saint Charles   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Crockett's Bluff   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stuttgart   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Casscoe   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Preston Ferry   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dermott   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rye   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mitchellville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dumas   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pickens   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Watson   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kelso   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rohwer   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Reed   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Snow Lake   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McArthur   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Napoleon - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McGehee   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arkansas City   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winchester   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Tillar   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Monticello   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wilmar   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reydell   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tamo   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Moscow   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Altheimer   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Humphrey   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wabbaseka   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pinebergen   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Bluff   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sherrill   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tucker   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sulphur Springs   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Humnoke   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Allport   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crumrod   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mellwood   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lambrook   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elaine   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Turner   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ulm   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Bolivar (MS)
      Rosedale (MS)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wright (MS)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gunnison (MS)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beulah (MS)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Christmas (MS)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Round Lake (MS)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mound City (MS)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Benoit (MS)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scott (MS)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pace (MS)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grapeland (MS)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hushpuckena (MS)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shelby (MS)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 South Bend:

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 Lincoln County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Arkansas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Chicot County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Cleveland 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    
Jefferson 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    
Bolivar County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

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 South Bend ...

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

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 South Bend:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for South Bend.
      See our Misc Page for South Bend for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Arkansas

About Lincoln County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 South Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in South Bend. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Bend) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Bend. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0376, Longitude: -91.4637     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Bend have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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