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Our Genealogical Helper for Star of the West ...

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

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

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Star of the West.

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

Cemeteries Near Star of the West ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Star of the West.

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 Star of the West covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Langley Hall Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Polk Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Kesterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Polk Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cummings Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW White Oak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Brushy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brushy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Putman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Putman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Palestine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fancy Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Athens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Academy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kirby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hopper 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.

Star of the West itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 60 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Newhope   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Star of the West
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Newhope had a post office and no railroad service
Langley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Star of the West
 - Langley had a post office and no railroad service
Muddy Fork   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Star of the West
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Muddy Fork had a post office and no railroad service
Lodi   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Star of the West
 - Lodi had a post office and no railroad service
Nathan   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Star of the West
 - Nathan had a post office and no railroad service
Pates - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pates was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Star of the West
 - Pates had a post office and no railroad service
Kirby   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Star of the West
 - Kirby had a post office and no railroad service
Perkins   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Star of the West
 - Perkins 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 Star of the West. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Star of the West 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Star of the West is historic, it would have been located within present day Pike County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pike County: Clark, Hempstead, Howard, Montgomery, Nevada & Polk.

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

Pike     (The home county for Star of the West)
      Newhope   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Daisy   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Langley   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Grandfield   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Lodi   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nathan   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Kirby   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mount Moriah   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Highland   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Murfreesboro   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kimberley   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Caney Valley   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Unco   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Amity   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Okolona   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Meyers   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pearcy   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Royal   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tokio   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McCaskill   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ozan   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blevins   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Columbus   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Washington   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oakhaven   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McNab   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hot Spring
      Bonnerdale   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bismarck   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dierks   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Umpire   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Center Point   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nashville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mineral Springs   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tollette   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saratoga   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Little River
      Yarborough Landing   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cox Spring   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Caddo Gap   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Black Springs   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Norman   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Ida   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Alamo   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mazarn   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oden   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pencil Bluff   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Whitetown   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sims   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Story   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fannie   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Prescott   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Big Fork   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Board Camp   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grannis   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wickes   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vandervoort   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mena   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Potter Junction   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bog Springs   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hatfield   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cove   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Potter   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Y City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boles   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parks   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lockesburg   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gillham   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Paraloma   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ben Lomond   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      De Queen   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Process City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Horatio   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Star of the West:

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 Pike County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clark County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garland County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hempstead County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hot Spring County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Howard County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Little River County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nevada County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Scott County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sevier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

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

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 Star of the West:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Star of the West.
      See our Misc Page for Star of the West for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Arkansas

About Pike County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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 Star of the West, 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 begins in Star of the West. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Star of the West) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Star of the West. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Star of the West

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Star of the West. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2435, Longitude: -93.8252     [Map].

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<3>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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