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Our Genealogical Helper for South Plains ...

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 Plains (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 Plains. 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 Plains ...

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 Plains.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Plains: S. Plains

Newspapers Published in South Plains ...

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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Plains.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Plains, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Plains.

Cemeteries Near South Plains ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Long Cane Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Moro Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Hawkins Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mars Hill Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Goodwin Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Waldrop Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Mound City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elcana Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Westley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Upper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bonds Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Finell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. John 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 South Plains in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of South Plains.

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

Moro   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from South Plains
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 183 people in 2017)
 - Moro had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Forest   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Plains
 - Oak Forest had a post office and no railroad service
Goodwin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from South Plains
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Goodwin had a post office and railroad service
Wheatley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from South Plains
 - Wheatley had railroad service and no post office
Monroe   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from South Plains
 - Monroe had a post office and no railroad service
Palestine   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from South Plains
 - 1895 population of 163 people (with 607 people in 2017)
 - Palestine had a post office and railroad service
Spring Creek   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Plains
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Spring Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Felton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Plains
 - Felton had railroad service and no post office
Brinkley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from South Plains
 - 1895 population of 1,510 people (with 2,714 people in 2017)
 - Brinkley had a post office and railroad service
Haynes   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from South Plains
 - 1895 population of 255 people (with 128 people in 2017)
 - Haynes 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 Plains. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Plains 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

South Plains is located in Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Crittenden, Monroe, Phillips, Saint Francis & Tunica (MS).

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

Lee     (The home county for South Plains)
      Moro   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Aubrey   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Haynes   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Marianna   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rondo   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      LaGrange   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brickeys   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Phillips Bayou   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Preston Ferry   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Casscoe   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crockett's Bluff   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saint Charles   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Almyra   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ethel   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stuttgart   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Anthonyville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Horseshoe Lake   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jennette   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Proctor   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wynne   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vanndale   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hickory Ridge   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Parkin   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gourd Neck   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tupelo   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Monroe   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brinkley   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fargo   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine City   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clarendon   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Holly Grove   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Roe   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Turkey Scratch   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Marvell   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Poplar Grove   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lexa   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Barton   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Turner   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oneida   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Helena   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Helena - West Helena   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wabash   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lambrook   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Little Dixie   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Biscoe   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      De Valls Bluff   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sand Hill   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Des Arc   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tollville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ulm   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hazen   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Screeton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Francis
      Goodwin   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wheatley   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Palestine   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Forrest City   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Widener   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Colt   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hughes   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heth   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hunter   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cotton Plant   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Howell   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McCrory   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Patterson   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Coahoma (MS)
      Friars Point (MS)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lula (MS)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tunica (MS)
      North Tunica (MS)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tunica (MS)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 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 Plains:

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 Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Arkansas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Crittenden County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cross County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe 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    
Tunica County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Plains. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8415, Longitude: -90.9965     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Plains 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 South Plains, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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