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Our Genealogical Helper for Springfield ...

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

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

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Springfield.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Springfield, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Springfield.

Cemeteries Near Springfield ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Springfield.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Macy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Manila Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Silverdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Burrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Box Elder Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Upper Cane Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Parsell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Horners Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Lower Cane Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mangrum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Coffman 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.

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

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

Macey   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Springfield
 - Macey had a post office and no railroad service
Cockrum (MO)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Springfield
 - Cockrum had a post office and no railroad service
Mangrum   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Springfield
 - Mangrum had a post office and no railroad service
Lake City   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Springfield
 - Lake City had a post office and no railroad service
Bard   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Springfield
 - Bard had a post office and no railroad service
Hornersville (MO)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 55 people (with 619 people in 2017)
 - Hornersville had a post office and no railroad service
Nesbit (MO)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Springfield
 - Nesbit had a post office and no railroad service
Athelstan   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Springfield
 - Athelstan 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 Springfield. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Springfield 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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 Springfield is historic, it would have been located within present day Mississippi County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mississippi County: Craighead, Crittenden, Poinsett, Dunklin (MO), Pemiscot (MO), Dyer (TN), Lauderdale (TN) & Tipton (TN).

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

Mississippi     (The home county for Springfield)
      Leachville   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Manila   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Stark City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dell   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Etowah   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Ridge   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Victoria   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gosnell   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burdette   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Keiser   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Blytheville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Luxora   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Osceola   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rector   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bell City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nimmons   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greenway   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Piggott   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Knobel   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Peach Orchard   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pollard   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McDougal   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saint Francis   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Corning   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Monette   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Caraway   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lake City   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brookland   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bay   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jonesboro   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Philadelphia   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bono   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cash   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gilmore   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Turrell   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Heafer   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Twist   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bay Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Paragould   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Marmaduke   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oak Grove Heights   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Knot   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lafe   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Walcott   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beech Grove   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Light   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Delaplaine   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sedgwick   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      College City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hoxie   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Walnut Ridge   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rivervale   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lepanto   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Trumann   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alto   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Marked Tree   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tyronza   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harrisburg   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      O'Kean   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Dunklin (MO)
      Arbyrd (MO)   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cardwell (MO)   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hornersville (MO)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Senath (MO)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rives (MO)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Kennett (MO)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      White Oak (MO)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine City (MO)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holcomb (MO)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gibson (MO)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clarkton (MO)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Pemiscot (MO)
      Gobler (MO)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Holland (MO)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Steele (MO)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cooter (MO)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Deering (MO)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Braggadocio (MO)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mid City (MO)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bragg City (MO)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pascola (MO)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hayti Heights (MO)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hayti (MO)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Homestown (MO)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Caruthersville (MO)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lake (TN)
      Powells Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lauderdale (TN)
      Daniels Point Landing (TN)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
Tipton (TN)
      Gilt Edge (TN)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Walnut Grove (TN)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burlison (TN)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garland (TN)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wilkinsville (TN)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Springfield:

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 Mississippi County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Craighead County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crittenden County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cross County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Poinsett County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dunklin County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pemiscot County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lake County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tipton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Mississippi County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Mississippi 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Mississippi 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 Springfield, 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 that stretches from Springfield. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Springfield) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Springfield. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.9140, Longitude: -90.2657     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Springfield have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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