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Our Genealogical Helper for Spring Valley ...

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 Spring Valley (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 Spring Valley. 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 Spring Valley ...

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 Spring Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Spring Valley: Spring Vly. (or less commonly used: Spring Vally. or Spring Vlly.)

Newspapers Published in Spring Valley ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spring Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spring Valley, 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 Spring Valley.

Cemeteries Near Spring Valley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spring Valley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Morriss Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Joyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vaughan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Mayfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Denny Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Colbaugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Best Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Shorty Burkes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dibler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Butler Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Boatrigth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bohannan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hickory Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N War Eagle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Oxford Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Culwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Scissom Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Round Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cherry Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Worley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cannady Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clifty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pemberton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rambo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McReynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Frisco Springs 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 Spring Valley had a population of 50 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Whitener   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spring Valley
 - Whitener had a post office and no railroad service
Hindsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spring Valley
 - Hindsville had a post office and no railroad service
Goshen   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spring Valley
 - Goshen had a post office and no railroad service
Creech   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spring Valley
 - Creech had a post office and no railroad service
Clifty   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spring Valley
 - Clifty had a post office and no railroad service
Key - Historic   [Map]
 - While Key was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Spring Valley
 - Key had a post office and no railroad service
Wyman   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spring Valley
 - Wyman had a post office and railroad service
Wesley   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Spring Valley
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Wesley had a post office and no railroad service
Silver Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Silver Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spring Valley
 - Silver Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Summit - Historic   [Map]
 - While Summit was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spring Valley
 - Summit 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 Spring Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spring Valley 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 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.

Spring Valley 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 Spring Valley. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Spring Valley:

Washington     (The home county for Spring Valley)
      War Eagle Cove   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mayfield   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Blue Springs Village   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Springdale   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Johnson   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fayette Junction   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elm Springs   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tontitown   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Greenland   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      War Eagle   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bethel Heights   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Prairie Creek   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lost Bridge Village   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rogers   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avoca   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cave Springs   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Little Flock   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Garfield   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bentonville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clantonville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gateway   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alpena   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Winona Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eureka Springs   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Metalton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dryfork   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Holiday Island   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rudd   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Urbanette   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Green Forest   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Town - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blue Eye   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grandview   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Winfrey   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Locke   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chester   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mountainburg   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oark   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Whitener   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hindsville   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Wesley   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marble   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Witter   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Combs   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Paul   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Boston   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pettigrew   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ponca   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Compton   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Barry (MO)
      Seligman (MO)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Eagle Rock (MO)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chain-O-Lakes (MO)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Washburn (MO)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Golden (MO)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arrow Point (MO)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Emerald Beach (MO)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cassville (MO)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Exeter (MO)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shell Knob (MO)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hill City (MO)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Butterfield (MO)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wheaton (MO)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
McDonald (MO)
      Jane (MO)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Powell (MO)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pineville (MO)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Noel (MO)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rocky Comfort (MO)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ginger Blue (MO)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wylie (MO)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Stone (MO)
      Blue Eye (MO)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lampe (MO)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Adair (OK)
      Watts (OK)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Watts Community (OK)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Westville (OK)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Delaware (OK)
      West Siloam Springs (OK)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites 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 Spring Valley:

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    
Boone 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    
Johnson 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      
Stone 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     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Spring Valley ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Arkansas

About Washington County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Washington County:

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Spring Valley. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spring Valley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spring Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.1762, Longitude: -93.9349     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spring Valley 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 Spring Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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