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Our Genealogical Helper for Swain ...

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 Swain (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 Swain. 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 Swain ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Swain.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Swain, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Swain.

Cemeteries Near Swain ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Swain.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Cassville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Rich Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mossville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Curtis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Casey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lone Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Snow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Essex Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ogden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Curtis Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Clayburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kapark Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Sullivan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Deer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Deer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Whiteley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Case Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Rosetta Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Ratford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Buckhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hignite Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Coopers Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel 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 in 1895, Swain had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Walnut   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Swain
 - Walnut had a post office and no railroad service
Mossville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Swain
 - Mossville had a post office and no railroad service
Murray   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Swain
 - Murray had a post office and no railroad service
Ryker   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Swain
 - Ryker had a post office and no railroad service
Fallsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Swain
 - Fallsville had a post office and no railroad service
Boxley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Swain
 - Boxley had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Douglas   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Swain
 - Fort Douglas had a post office and no railroad service
Red Rock   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Swain
 - Red Rock had a post office and no railroad service
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Swain
 - 1895 population of 305 people (with 440 people in 2017)
 - Jasper 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 Swain. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Swain 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 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 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.

Swain is located in Newton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Newton County: Boone, Carroll, Johnson, Madison, Pope & Searcy.

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

Newton     (The home county for Swain)
      Deer   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Parthenon   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ponca   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mount Judea   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vendor   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Compton   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hasty   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Western Grove   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Valley Springs   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bellefonte   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alpena   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Everton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ridgeway   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bergman   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Keener - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Zinc   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elixir - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dryfork   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rudd   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Metalton   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Green Forest   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Town - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winona Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Urbanette   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wiederkehr Village   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Felkner Town   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alix   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Altus   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Denning   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Webb City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ozone   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oark   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hagarville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lone Pine   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Batson   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Union City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clarksville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lamar   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hartman   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coal Hill   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morrison Bluff   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cotton Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Blaine   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Delaware   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sand Ridge   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boston   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pettigrew   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Witter   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Paul   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Marble   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Combs   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wesley   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hindsville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Whitener   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pyatt   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tilly   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dover   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hector   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Taral   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      London   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Center Valley   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Witt's Springs   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pindall   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saint Joe   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Van Buren
      Alread   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rex   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hazel Valley   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mayfield   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Swain:

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 Newton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Johnson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pope County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Searcy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Van Buren County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Arkansas

About Newton County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Swain. 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 stretches from Swain. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Swain) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swain. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.8492, Longitude: -93.3399     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swain 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 Swain, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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