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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunnyside ...

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 Sunnyside (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 Sunnyside. 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 Sunnyside ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunnyside.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunnyside, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sunnyside.

Cemeteries Near Sunnyside ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunnyside.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Red Leaf Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Lakeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Lakeport Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Davies Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jennie Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Greenland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woodson Temple Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lakeview Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tolliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Luke Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Holly Grove Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  WNW Bayou Macon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Holly Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW North Star Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Graymound Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Yellow Bayou Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chinese Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Live Oaks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Holly Grove Cemetery #1   [Map]     
  NE Jewish 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Sunnyside had a population of 100 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Refuge (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sunnyside
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Refuge had a post office and no railroad service
Lakeport   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sunnyside
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Lakeport had a post office and no railroad service
Lake Village   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sunnyside
 - 1895 population of 125 people (with 2,328 people in 2017)
 - Lake Village had a post office and no railroad service
Swiftwater (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sunnyside
 - Swiftwater had no post office or railroad service
Avon (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sunnyside
 - Avon had railroad service and no post office
Wayside (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sunnyside
 - Wayside had a post office and railroad service
Lake Washington (MS) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lake Washington was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sunnyside
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Lake Washington had a post office and no railroad service
James (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sunnyside
 - James had a post office and no railroad service
Greenville (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sunnyside
 - 1895 population of 6,658 people (with 30,686 people in 2017)
 - Greenville had a post office and no railroad service
Longwood (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sunnyside
 - Longwood 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 Sunnyside. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunnyside 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals 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/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 south 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.

Sunnyside is located in 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 Sunnyside. For each of these counties/parishes, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Sunnyside:

Chicot     (The home county for Sunnyside)
      Lake Village   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Eudora   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dermott   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Portland   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Parkdale   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wilmot   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hamburg   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fountain Hill   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arkansas City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      McGehee   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McArthur   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reed   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rohwer   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kelso   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Napoleon - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jerome   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Tillar   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Winchester   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
East Carroll (LA)
      Lake Providence (LA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Morehouse (LA)
      Jones (LA)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bonita (LA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
West Carroll (LA)
      Kilbourne (LA)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oak Grove (LA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Forest (LA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Bolivar (MS)
      Scott (MS)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grapeland (MS)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Benoit (MS)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Choctaw (MS)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Longshot (MS)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shaw (MS)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Christmas (MS)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beulah (MS)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mound City (MS)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boyle (MS)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rosedale (MS)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pace (MS)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Hinds (MS)
      Delta City (MS)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Humphreys (MS)
      Gooden Lake (MS)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Isola (MS)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belzoni (MS)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jaketown (MS)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Louise (MS)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Issaquena (MS)
      Mayersville (MS)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
Sharkey (MS)
      Panther Burn (MS)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Anguilla (MS)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Richey (MS)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rolling Fork (MS)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cary (MS)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Sunflower (MS)
      New Town (MS)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Indianola (MS)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Inverness (MS)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moorhead (MS)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sunflower (MS)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (MS)
      Greenville (MS)   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Metcalfe (MS)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Byrne City (MS)   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Forrest City (MS) - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arcola (MS)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leland (MS)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hollandale (MS)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]

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

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 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 Sunnyside:

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 Sunnyside ...

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

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 Sunnyside:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Sunnyside.
      See our Misc Page for Sunnyside for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Arkansas

About Chicot County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunnyside. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2946, Longitude: -91.1807     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunnyside 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 Sunnyside, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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