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Our Genealogical Helper for Sterling Springs ...

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 Sterling Springs (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 Sterling Springs. 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 Sterling Springs ...

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 Sterling Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sterling Springs: Sterling Spgs. (or less commonly used: Sterling Spngs. or Sterling Sprngs.)

Newspapers Published in Sterling Springs ...

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 55 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sterling Springs.

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

Cemeteries Near Sterling Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sterling Springs.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Rains Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rock Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Culberhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Lorado Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ransom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Reliford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nober Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Log Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Straw Floor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Temple of Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nettleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clarks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Sweet Moments Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Finch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Finch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Bishop Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jonesboro Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ENE Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woods Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Knot Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Browns Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Military 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 Sterling Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sterling Springs.

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

Lorado   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Sterling Springs
 - Lorado had a post office and no railroad service
Bono   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Sterling Springs
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 2,379 people in 2017)
 - Bono had a post office and no railroad service
Brookland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sterling Springs
 - 1895 population of 1,509 people (with 3,316 people in 2017)
 - Brookland had a post office and railroad service
Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Sterling Springs
 - 1895 population of 2,065 people (with 75,866 people in 2017)
 - Jonesboro had a post office and railroad service
Nettleton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sterling Springs
 - Nettleton had a post office and railroad service
Finch   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sterling Springs
 - Finch had a post office and no railroad service
Walcott   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Sterling Springs
 - Walcott had a post office and no railroad service
Sedgwick   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sterling Springs
 - Sedgwick had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Sterling Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sterling Springs 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Sterling Springs is located in Craighead County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Craighead County: Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett & Dunklin (MO).

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

Craighead     (The home county for Sterling Springs)
      Philadelphia   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bono   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Brookland   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jonesboro   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bay   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake City   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cash   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Monette   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Caraway   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Peach Orchard   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Knobel   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Datto   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rector   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Corning   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Success   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Current View   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenway   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McDougal   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bay Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cherry Valley   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Twist   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hickory Ridge   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Walcott   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pine Knot   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Light   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Paragould   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beech Grove   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oak Grove Heights   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Delaplaine   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lafe   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marmaduke   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cord   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Swifton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grubbs   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tuckerman   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Amagon   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Balch   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Campbell Station   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Algoa   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Diaz   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Newport   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Island Town   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jacksonport   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sedgwick   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hoxie   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Walnut Ridge   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Minturn   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      College City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alicia   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Portia   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Black Rock   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Powhatan   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Imboden   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saffell   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leachville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Etowah   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Ridge   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Manila   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dyess   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dell   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stark City   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Victoria   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Whitton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Keiser   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Denwood   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gosnell   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Birdsong   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trumann   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Weiner   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Harrisburg   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rivervale   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Waldenburg   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lepanto   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marked Tree   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alto   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fisher   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tyronza   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      O'Kean   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Pocahontas   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Biggers   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reyno   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Maynard   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ravenden Springs   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Dunklin (MO)
      Cardwell (MO)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arbyrd (MO)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hornersville (MO)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Senath (MO)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rives (MO)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Sterling Springs:

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 Craighead County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay 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    
Independence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mississippi 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      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Arkansas

About Craighead County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Craighead County:

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sterling Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.9231, Longitude: -90.7021     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sterling Springs 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 Sterling Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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