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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunshine ...

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

We've added Sunshine to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Sunshine, 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 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 33 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 21 miles [33.8 km]<2>. 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  
  ENE Sunshine Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Mt. Carmen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Boles Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wynn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Coulter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Clanson Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Holly Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greens Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Kingree Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bluff Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sand Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Temperanceville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Lockesburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kesterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Huffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Polk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hickory Grove 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.

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.

Center Point   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 297 people
 - Center Point had a post office and no railroad service
Lebanon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sunshine
 - Lebanon had a post office and no railroad service
Euclid   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Sunshine
 - Euclid had a post office and no railroad service
Corinth   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Sunshine
 - Corinth had a post office and no railroad service
Perkins   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sunshine
 - Perkins had a post office and no railroad service
Muddy Fork   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Muddy Fork had a post office and no railroad service
Lockesburg   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 451 people (with 725 people in 2017)
 - Lockesburg had a post office and no railroad service
Nashville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 810 people (with 4,472 people in 2017)
 - Nashville 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 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Sunshine is historic, it would have been located within present day Howard County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Howard County: Hempstead, Little River, Pike, Polk & Sevier.

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:

Howard     (The home county for Sunshine)
      Center Point   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dierks   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mineral Springs   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Nashville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tollette   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Umpire   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saratoga   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Unco   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Amity   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Okolona   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tokio   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Columbus   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ozan   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      McCaskill   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Washington   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blevins   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McNab   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakhaven   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hope   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Perrytown   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Little River
      Wilton   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Yarborough Landing   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alleene   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Winthrop   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashdown   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ogden   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Foreman   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rondo   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Texarkana   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cox Spring   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Caddo Gap   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Black Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Norman   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Emmet   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Prescott   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nathan   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Highland   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grandfield   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Newhope   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kimberley   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Murfreesboro   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Star of the West - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Moriah   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Daisy   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Langley   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Billstown   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pike City   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grannis   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wickes   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Big Fork   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bog Springs   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vandervoort   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Board Camp   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cove   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hatfield   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Potter Junction   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mena   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lockesburg   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ben Lomond   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Paraloma   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      De Queen   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Gillham   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Horatio   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Process City   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
McCurtain (OK)
      Eagletown (OK)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Haworth (OK)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Bowie (TX)
      Redbank (TX)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Lick (TX)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Leary (TX)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Texarkana (TX)   [Map]   S   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 begin 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 - 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 Howard County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clark County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hempstead County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Little River County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Miller County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nevada County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Polk County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sevier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
McCurtain County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bowie County (TX):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

Visit our Community Index for Arkansas

About Howard 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 Sunshine, 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 starts in Sunshine. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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: 34.0312, Longitude: -94.0132     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunshine 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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