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Our Genealogical Helper for Spencer ...

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

We've added Spencer to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Spencer, 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 Spencer (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 Spencer. 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 Spencer ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spencer.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spencer, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spencer.

Cemeteries Near Spencer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spencer.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Martin Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hand Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Arkana Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Norfork Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Galatia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Wayland Arbor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Lone Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Burnt School House Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Talley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Staggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW East Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Table Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Table Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Custer - Herron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Acklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Katy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cresswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Myse Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Baxter Memorial Gardens   [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.

While we didn't find Spencer in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spencer.

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

Wake - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wake was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spencer
 - Wake had a post office and no railroad service
Iuka   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spencer
 - Iuka had a post office and no railroad service
Lone Rock   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spencer
 - Lone Rock had a post office and no railroad service
McPhearson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Spencer
 - McPhearson had a post office and no railroad service
Henderson   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Spencer
 - Henderson had a post office and no railroad service
Elizabeth   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spencer
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Elizabeth had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Home   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spencer
 - 1895 population of 242 people (with 12,332 people in 2017)
 - Mountain Home had a post office and no railroad service
Culp   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Spencer
 - Culp 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 Spencer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spencer 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 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 Spencer is historic, it would have been located within present day Baxter County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Baxter County: Fulton, Izard, Marion, Searcy, Stone & Ozark (MO).

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

Baxter     (The home county for Spencer)
      Salesville   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Briarcliff   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Norfork   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Norfork Village   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mountain Home   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Colfax   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Buffalo City   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gamaliel   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gassville   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Midway   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cotter   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clarkridge   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Everton   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      South Lead Hill   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Zinc   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lead Hill   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Diamond City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elixir - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prim   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gepp   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bexar   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Viola   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sturkie   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camp   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baker Ford   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cushman   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dolph   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Calico Rock   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wideman   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Brockwell   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Violet Hill   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Wiseman   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Melbourne   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sage   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Horseshoe Bend   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Guion   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Flippin   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bull Shoals   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rush - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oakland   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Yellville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Price Place   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dodd City - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peel   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pyatt   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Western Grove   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cozahome   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Harriet   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Lone Pine   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baker   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leslie   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Joe   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pindall   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ash Flat   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Evening Shade   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sidney   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Highland   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fifty-Six   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Onia   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Alco   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Timbo   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mountain View   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fox   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marcella   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Van Buren
      Rumley   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dennard   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Howell (MO)
      Moody (MO)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Caulfield (MO)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lanton (MO)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      South Fork (MO)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pottersville (MO)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Siloam Springs (MO)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Plains (MO)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brandsville (MO)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Oregon (MO)
      Koshkonong (MO)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Ozark (MO)
      Bakersfield (MO)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Udall (MO)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tecumseh (MO)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Hardenville (MO)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elijah (MO)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gainesville (MO)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pontiac (MO)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Zanoni (MO)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Isabella (MO)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sundown (MO)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Theodosia (MO)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Romance (MO)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brixey (MO)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Taney (MO)
      Protem (MO)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Spencer:

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 Baxter County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Independence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Izard County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Newton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Searcy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sharp County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Van Buren County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Howell County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Oregon County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Ozark County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Taney County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Arkansas

About Baxter County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Baxter County:

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 Spencer, 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 from Spencer. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spencer) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spencer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.2548, Longitude: -92.2452     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spencer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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