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Sunshine, Arkansas
(Garland County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunshine ...

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 Sunshine (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 Sunshine. 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 Sunshine ...

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 98 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunshine.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunshine, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sunshine.

Cemeteries Near Sunshine ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunshine.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Aldrich Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Gibbons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McDowell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Oma Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rush Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Avery Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Coker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Godwin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Crabtree Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bain Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Mazarn Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tranquil Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Files Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jewish Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Wacaster Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Carmel Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hollywood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Scott 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 Sunshine in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sunshine.

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

Pearcy   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sunshine
 - Pearcy had a post office and no railroad service
Oma   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sunshine
 - Oma had a post office and no railroad service
Meyers   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Sunshine
 - Meyers had a post office and no railroad service
Wayside - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wayside was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sunshine
 - Wayside had a post office and no railroad service
Point Cedar   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sunshine
 - Point Cedar had a post office and no railroad service
Hot Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 8,086 people (with 35,635 people in 2015)
 - Hot Springs had a post office and railroad service
Mazarn   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunshine
 - Mazarn had a post office and no railroad service
Bismarck   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sunshine
 - Bismarck had a post office and no railroad service
Lucky - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lucky was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Sunshine
 - Lucky had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Sunshine. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunshine 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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 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, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Sunshine is located in Garland County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Garland County: Hot Spring, Montgomery, Perry, Saline & Yell.

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

Garland     (The home county for Sunshine)
      Royal   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Pearcy   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rockwell   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Piney   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Meyers   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mountain Pine   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake Hamilton   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hot Springs   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Price   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jessieville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Hot Springs Village   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fountain Lake   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Amity   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Caddo Valley   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Curtis   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Okolona   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Griffithtown   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gurdon   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beirne   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Poyen   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tull   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Prattsville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hot Spring
      Bonnerdale   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bismarck   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Magnet Cove   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rockport   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Donaldson   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Perla   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lono   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mazarn   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alamo   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fannie   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Story   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Caddo Gap   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Ida   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Norman   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Black Springs   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sims   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pencil Bluff   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Whitetown   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oden   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cox Spring   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Casa   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Caney Valley   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kirby   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lodi   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pike City   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Antoine   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Daisy   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Delight   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Piney Grove   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Moriah   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Langley   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bowen   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rubicon   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Traskwood   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Haskell   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Paron   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Benton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Avilla   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Little Texas   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aly   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rover   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Briggsville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Plainview   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bluffton   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ola   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gravelly   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Danville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Sunshine:

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 Garland County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clark County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hot Spring County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Saline County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Scott County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Yell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Arkansas

About Garland County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Garland County:

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunshine. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4745, Longitude: -93.2360     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunshine 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 Sunshine, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sunshine.