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Our Genealogical Helper for Swifton ...

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 Swifton (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 Swifton. 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 the area of Swifton ...

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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Swifton.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Swifton. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Swifton and those printed in the larger area surrounding Swifton.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> of Swifton.

Cemeteries Near Swifton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Swifton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Swifton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Arnold Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Foust - Adams Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Bandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Haynes Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Shell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Ruffner Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Dowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Broom Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Centerville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Strangers Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Prysock Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Worley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Denton Island Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Gracelawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Parrott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Covington Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Durfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McNutt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Denton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ballew's Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Holloway Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Happy 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 Swifton had a population of 250 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Swifton had a population of 745 people.

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

Kenyon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Swifton
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - Kenyon had a post office and no railroad service
Alicia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Swifton
 - 1895 population of 213 people (with 117 people in 2017)
 - Alicia had a post office and railroad service
Strangers Home   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Swifton
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Strangers Home had a post office and no railroad service
Tuckerman   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Swifton
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,726 people in 2017)
 - Tuckerman had a post office and no railroad service
Elgin   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Swifton
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Elgin had a post office and no railroad service
Egypt   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Swifton
 - Egypt had a post office and no railroad service
Cash   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Swifton
 - Cash had a post office and no railroad service
Minturn   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Swifton
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 103 people in 2017)
 - Minturn had a post office and railroad service
Clover Bend   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Swifton
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Clover Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Grubbs   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Swifton
 - Grubbs 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 Swifton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Swifton 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.

Swifton is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: Craighead, Cross, Independence, Lawrence, Poinsett, White & Woodruff.

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

Jackson     (The home county for Swifton)
      Tuckerman   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Grubbs   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Campbell Station   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Newport   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Diaz   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jacksonport   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Amagon   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Island Town   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Balch   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Algoa   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Weldon   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Peach Orchard   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cash   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bono   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Philadelphia   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jonesboro   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brookland   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bay   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lake City   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hickory Ridge   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cherry Valley   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bay Village   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vanndale   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Light   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Walcott   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pine Knot   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Delaplaine   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beech Grove   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Paragould   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Grove Heights   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cord   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Charlotte   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Newark   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Magness   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sulphur Rock   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oil Trough   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rosie   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Thida   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pfeiffer   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Batesville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Salado   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Pleasant   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bone Town   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alicia   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Minturn   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Saffell   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Powhatan   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hoxie   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Portia   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Sedgwick   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Black Rock   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Walnut Ridge   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Smithville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Weiner   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Waldenburg   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fisher   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Harrisburg   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trumann   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      O'Kean   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pocahontas   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ravenden Springs   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Biggers   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grange   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cave City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Poughkeepsie   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Evening Shade   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sidney   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Williford   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Highland   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ash Flat   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hardy   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bradford   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Russell   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McCrory   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Patterson   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Swifton:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Craighead County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cross County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Independence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Izard County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Poinsett County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sharp County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
White 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 Jackson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Jackson 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 Swifton ...

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

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 Swifton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Swifton in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Swifton for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Swifton.
      See our Misc Page for Swifton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Arkansas

About Jackson County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jackson County:

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Swifton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Swifton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swifton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.8233, Longitude: -91.1281     [Map].

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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 Swifton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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