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Steele, Arkansas

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Our Genealogical Helper for Steele ...

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 Steele (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 Steele. 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 Steele ...

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 157 newspapers that have been published in the area around Steele.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Steele, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Steele.

Cemeteries Near Steele ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Steele.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Stuckey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Mt. Comfort Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Stearns Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Holcomb Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Silent Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Yell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Neale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Bowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fayetteville National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Forest Park Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cemetery Hill   [Map]     
  S Rieff Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Buckner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Goad Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Rose Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Combs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Highfill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Shaeffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Grove 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>

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

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

Wheeler   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Steele
 - Wheeler had a post office and no railroad service
Johnson   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Steele
 - Johnson had a post office and railroad service
Elm Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Steele
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 2,249 people in 2016)
 - Elm Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Springdale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Steele
 - 1895 population of 906 people (with 78,557 people in 2016)
 - Springdale had a post office and railroad service
Farmington   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Steele
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 6,804 people in 2016)
 - Farmington had a post office and no railroad service
Fayetteville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Steele
 - 1895 population of 2,942 people (with 83,826 people in 2016)
 - Fayetteville had a post office and railroad service
Wager - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wager was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Steele
 - Wager had a post office and no railroad service
Robinson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Steele
 - Robinson had a post office and no railroad service
Fayette Junction   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Steele
 - Fayette Junction 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 Steele. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Steele 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 doctors 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.

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

Washington     (The home county for Steele)
      Tontitown   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Johnson   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Elm Springs   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Springdale   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fayette Junction   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Greenland   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Prairie Grove   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Blue Springs Village   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      War Eagle Cove   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cave Springs   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bethel Heights   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Highfill   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rogers   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Springtown   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bentonville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Centerton   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Prairie Creek   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gentry   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Siloam Springs   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Little Flock   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eureka Springs   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winona Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holiday Island   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Metalton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Winfrey   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chester   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Locke   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountainburg   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Natural Dam   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cedarville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Whitener   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wesley   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hindsville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Combs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Paul   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Witter   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marble   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pettigrew   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Barry (MO)
      Seligman (MO)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Washburn (MO)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eagle Rock (MO)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chain-O-Lakes (MO)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Exeter (MO)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
McDonald (MO)
      Jane (MO)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pineville (MO)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Noel (MO)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ginger Blue (MO)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Powell (MO)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      South West City (MO)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lanagan (MO)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wylie (MO)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Anderson (MO)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Adair (OK)
      Watts (OK)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Watts Community (OK)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Westville (OK)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Addielee (OK)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Peavine (OK)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Christie (OK)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Peavine (OK)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fairfield (OK)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chewey (OK)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marietta (OK)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stilwell (OK)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Proctor (OK)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Cherokee (OK)
      Oaks (OK)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scraper (OK)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eldon (OK)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Briggs (OK)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moodys (OK)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Delaware (OK)
      West Siloam Springs (OK)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dripping Springs (OK)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Colcord (OK)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flint Creek (OK)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cloud Creek (OK)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sycamore (OK)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kansas (OK)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Twin Oaks (OK)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brush Creek (OK)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jay (OK)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dodge (OK)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rocky Ford (OK)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 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 Steele:

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    
Carroll County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crawford County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison 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      
Adair County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Steele. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.1437, Longitude: -94.2391     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Steele 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 Steele, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Steele.