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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunrise ...

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

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

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunrise.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunrise, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sunrise.

Cemeteries Near Sunrise ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunrise.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Hammons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blasingame Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Grizzard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Barger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Quattlebaum Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oliver Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Apple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Adkisson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Sixteenth Section Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rock Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Weir Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hawthicket Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Shurley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Starkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Cypress Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Valley 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.

Sunrise itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Floyd   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sunrise
 - Floyd had a post office and no railroad service
Antioch   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sunrise
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Antioch had a post office and no railroad service
El Paso   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunrise
 - 1895 population of 350 people
 - El Paso had a post office and no railroad service
Romance   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sunrise
 - Romance had a post office and no railroad service
Beebe   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sunrise
 - 1895 population of 816 people (with 8,146 people in 2017)
 - Beebe had a post office and railroad service
Bristol - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bristol was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Sunrise
 - Bristol had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Vernon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sunrise
 - 1895 population of 200 people (with 147 people in 2017)
 - Mount Vernon had a post office and no railroad service
Austin   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Sunrise
 - 1895 population of 200 people (with 3,282 people in 2017)
 - Austin 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 Sunrise. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunrise 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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 Sunrise is historic, it would have been located within present day White County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of White County: Cleburne, Faulkner, Independence, Jackson, Lonoke, Prairie & Woodruff.

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

White     (The home county for Sunrise)
      El Paso   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Romance   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Beebe   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Center Hill   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      McRae   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Garner   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rose Bud   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Searcy   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Higginson   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Letona   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Griffithville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kensett   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Quitman   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rainbow Island   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Heber Springs   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Wilburn   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tumbling Shoals   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greers Ferry   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ida   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Higden   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Edgemont   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Drasco   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Concord   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Prim   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Menifee   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Austin   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Center Ridge   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Plumerville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Middleton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Solgohachia   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Vilonia   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Enola   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Holland   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Guy   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Greenbrier   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Preston   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wooster   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Twin Groves   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Conway   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mayflower   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lollie   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Floral   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pleasant Plains   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Thida   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Austin   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ward   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cabot   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lonoke   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Carlisle   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Keo   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Parkers Corner   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Seaton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Toad Suck   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Little Italy   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fourche   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bigelow   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hickory Plains   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Des Arc   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Screeton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sand Hill   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hazen   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Little Dixie   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      De Valls Bluff   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tollville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Biscoe   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gravel Ridge   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gibson   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sherwood   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McAlmont   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Booker   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marche   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Little Rock   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rose City   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Maumelle   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cammack Village   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Little Rock   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Van Buren
      Gravesville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Damascus   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bee Branch   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Green Tree   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eglantine   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairfield Bay   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Choctaw   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Formosa   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shirley   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 either 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 Sunrise:

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 White County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conway County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Faulkner County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Independence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lonoke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prairie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Van Buren County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Woodruff County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sunrise ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Arkansas

About White County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for White County:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunrise. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.1551, Longitude: -91.9974     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunrise have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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