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Our Genealogical Helper for Stafford ...

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 Stafford (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 Stafford. 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 Stafford ...

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 80 newspapers that have been published in the area around Stafford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Stafford, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Stafford.

Cemeteries Near Stafford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Stafford.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Stafford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sides Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Abbott Grave   [Map]     
  WNW Sides Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Upper Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Smith Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McBride Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lower Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harkey's Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Mountain Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Piney Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Guinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Utley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE McReynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Valentine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Davis Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Riley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Danville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW May Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Earl Ladd Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chickalah Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Fullton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blackwell Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Chickalah Methodist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tritt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Piney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shoot Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sheppard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Frietsche Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Scholastica Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dacus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Garrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Horn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antioch 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 Stafford in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Stafford.

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

Belleville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Stafford
 - 1895 population of 247 people (with 424 people in 2017)
 - Belleville had a post office and no railroad service
Ranger   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Stafford
 - Ranger had a post office and no railroad service
Marvinville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Stafford
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Marvinville had a post office and no railroad service
Danville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Stafford
 - 1895 population of 305 people (with 2,420 people in 2017)
 - Danville had a post office and no railroad service
Alpha   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Stafford
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Alpha had a post office and no railroad service
Chickalah   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Stafford
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Chickalah had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Nebo   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Stafford
 - Mount Nebo had a post office and no railroad service
Waveland   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Stafford
 - Waveland 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 Stafford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Stafford 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.

Stafford is located in Yell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Yell County: Conway, Garland, Logan, Montgomery, Perry, Pope & Scott.

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

Yell     (The home county for Stafford)
      Belleville   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Corinth   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Havana   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chickalah   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Plainview   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rover   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ola   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dardanelle   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Briggsville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Waltreak   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bluffton   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pontoon   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hattieville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oppelo   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jerusalem   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morrilton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alix   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Denning   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Altus   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wiederkehr Village   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Webb City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Branch   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Felkner Town   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jessieville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lamar   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clarksville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hartman   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Union City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Coal Hill   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hagarville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lone Pine   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ozone   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Batson   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oark   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Blaine   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Delaware   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sand Ridge   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Subiaco   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Morrison Bluff   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cotton Town   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Paris   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Magazine   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Carbon City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Caulksville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Booneville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fannie   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Story   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sims   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pencil Bluff   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Whitetown   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Casa   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Adona   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Perry   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Perryville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      London   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pottsville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Center Valley   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Taral   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dover   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Atkins   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wilson   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hector   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Little Texas   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Parks   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ursula   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites 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 Stafford:

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 Yell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Conway County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garland County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Johnson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pope County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Scott County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sebastian County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Arkansas Community

About Yell County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stafford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.1565, Longitude: -93.4302     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stafford 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 Stafford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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