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Southland, Arkansas
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Our Genealogical Helper for Southland ...

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 Southland (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 Southland. 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 Southland ...

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 53 newspapers that have been published in the area around Southland.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Southland, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Southland.

Cemeteries Near Southland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Southland.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW O'Shield Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jackson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW New Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Odd Fellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Grove Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Billingsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spring Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Polly Dots Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Honor Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Marys Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beth El Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rindy Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gilbert Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rindy Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Lagrange Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Gilean Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Saunder Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Section Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Crouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Central Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Morning Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jeffersonville 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Southland had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Huma   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Southland
 - Huma had railroad service and no post office
Phillips Bayou   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Southland
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Phillips Bayou had railroad service and no post office
Latour   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Southland
 - Latour had a post office and no railroad service
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Southland
 - 1895 population of 5,189 people (with 6,323 people in 2000)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Lexa   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Southland
 - 1895 population of 25 people (with 243 people in 2017)
 - Lexa had a post office and railroad service
Barton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Southland
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Barton had a post office and railroad service
LaGrange   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Southland
 - 1895 population of 216 people (with 77 people in 2017)
 - LaGrange had a post office and railroad service
North Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While North Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Southland
 - North Creek 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 Southland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Southland 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 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 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.

Southland is located in Phillips County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Phillips County: Arkansas, Desha, Lee, Monroe, Bolivar (MS), Coahoma (MS) & Tunica (MS).

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

Phillips     (The home county for Southland)
      West Helena   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Helena - West Helena   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Lexa   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Barton   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Oneida   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Poplar Grove   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Marvell   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wabash   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Turkey Scratch   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Saint Charles   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Crockett's Bluff   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ethel   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Preston Ferry   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Casscoe   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Horseshoe Lake   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Anthonyville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Proctor   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Edmondson   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Phillips Bayou   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      LaGrange   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rondo   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Marianna   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Aubrey   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Brickeys   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Haynes   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moro   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Monroe   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Holly Grove   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brinkley   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clarendon   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fargo   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Francis
      Hughes   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Forrest City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Madison   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Widener   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Palestine   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Goodwin   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wheatley   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Heth   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Colt   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Bolivar (MS)
      Alligator (MS)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Duncan (MS)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Round Lake (MS)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hushpuckena (MS)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Coahoma (MS)
      Lula (MS)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Friars Point (MS)   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coahoma (MS)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jonestown (MS)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lyon (MS)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clarksdale (MS)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hopson (MS)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Claremont (MS)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
DeSoto (MS)
      Newport (MS)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Memphis (MS)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Walls (MS)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lynchburg (MS)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Southhaven (MS)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Panola (MS)
      Crenshaw (MS)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Longtown (MS)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mims (MS)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Como (MS)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Crowder (MS)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Quitman (MS)
      Falcon (MS)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sledge (MS)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marks (MS)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lambert (MS)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Tate (MS)
      Senatobia (MS)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coldwater (MS)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tunica (MS)
      North Tunica (MS)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tunica (MS)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]

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

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 - 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 Southland:

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 Phillips 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    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Francis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bolivar County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coahoma County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeSoto County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Panola County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tate 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 Phillips County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Phillips 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 Southland ...

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

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 Southland:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Southland.
      See our Misc Page for Southland for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Arkansas

About Phillips County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Southland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5854, Longitude: -90.6540     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Southland have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Southland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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