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Our Genealogical Helper for Sterling ...

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

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

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sterling.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sterling, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sterling.

Cemeteries Near Sterling ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sterling.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Metcalfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NW Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Mason Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Masons Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Panola Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW North Star Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW King Solomon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  ENE Canaan Hill 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.

Sterling itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 50 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Grand Lake   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Grand Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Pilcher Point (LA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Pilcher Point had a post office and no railroad service
Kilbourne (LA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sterling
 - Kilbourne had a post office and no railroad service
Chatham (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sterling
 - Chatham had a post office and no railroad service
Brunett (LA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Brunett was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Brunett had a post office and no railroad service
Robertdale (LA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Robertdale was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sterling
 - Robertdale had a post office and no railroad service
Glen Allan (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 250 people
 - Glen Allan had a post office and railroad service
Erwin (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sterling
 - Erwin 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. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sterling in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties/Parishes ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties/parishes.

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/parishes 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/parishes, 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 Sterling is historic, it would have been located within present day Chicot County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chicot County: Ashley, Desha, Drew, East Carroll (LA), West Carroll (LA), Issaquena (MS) & Washington (MS).

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

Chicot     (The home county for Sterling)
      Eudora   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dermott   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Parkdale   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wilmot   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Portland   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hamburg   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arkansas City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jerome   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
East Carroll (LA)
      Lake Providence (LA)   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Transylvania (LA)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Sondheimer (LA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
Morehouse (LA)
      Jones (LA)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bonita (LA)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mer Rouge (LA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
West Carroll (LA)
      Kilbourne (LA)   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Oak Grove (LA)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Forest (LA)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pioneer (LA)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Epps (LA)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Bolivar (MS)
      Scott (MS)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Hinds (MS)
      Delta City (MS)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
Humphreys (MS)
      Gooden Lake (MS)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Louise (MS)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Isola (MS)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Silver City (MS)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Issaquena (MS)
      Mayersville (MS)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chotard (MS)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
Sharkey (MS)
      Panther Burn (MS)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Rolling Fork (MS)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Anguilla (MS)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cary (MS)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Richey (MS)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
Sunflower (MS)
      New Town (MS)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Washington (MS)
      Byrne City (MS)   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Forrest City (MS) - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Hollandale (MS)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arcola (MS)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Greenville (MS)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Leland (MS)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Metcalfe (MS)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 Sterling:

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 Chicot County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Ashley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Desha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Drew County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
East Carroll Parish (LA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morehouse Parish (LA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
West Carroll Parish (LA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bolivar County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hinds County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Humphreys County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Issaquena County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sharkey County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sunflower County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Arkansas

About Chicot 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 Sterling, 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 'point-to-point' distance starting from Sterling. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sterling) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sterling. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0260, Longitude: -91.1834     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sterling have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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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