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Sylvia, Arkansas

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Our Genealogy Helper for Sylvia ...

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

We've added Sylvia to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Sylvia, 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 Sylvia (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Sylvia. 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.

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 doctors 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 Sylvia is historic, it would have been located within present day Marion County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marion County: Baxter, Boone, Searcy, Ozark (MO) & Taney (MO).

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

Marion     (The home county for Sylvia)
  Rush - Historic   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]<2>
  Yellville   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Flippin   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Summit   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pyatt   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bull Shoals   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Dodd City - Historic   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Peel   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Price Place   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Buffalo City   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cotter   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Gassville   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Big Flat   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lakeview   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Norfork Village   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Norfork   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mountain Home   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Midway   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Salesville   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Briarcliff   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Everton   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Zinc   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Valley Springs   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Elixir - Historic   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Keener - Historic   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bellefonte   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bergman   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  South Lead Hill   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lead Hill   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Diamond City   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lowry   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ridgeway   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Prim   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gepp   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bexar   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Viola   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Calico Rock   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dolph   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wideman   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Brockwell   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oxford   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Guion   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Western Grove   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hasty   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mount Judea   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Vendor   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Jasper   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Parthenon   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Deer   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Compton   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Tilly   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cozahome   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Lone Pine   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Harriet   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Saint Joe   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Baker   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Marshall   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Pindall   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Leslie   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Witt's Springs   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Alco   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Onia   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Timbo   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fifty-Six   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Fox   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mountain View   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Van Buren
  Rumley   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dennard   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Alread   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Crabtree   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rex   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Shirley   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fairfield Bay   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Scotland   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Eglantine   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Ozark (MO)
  Pontiac (MO)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sundown (MO)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Isabella (MO)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Theodosia (MO)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gainesville (MO)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hardenville (MO)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Udall (MO)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Tecumseh (MO)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bakersfield (MO)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Taney (MO)
  Protem (MO)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rueter (MO)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cedarcreek (MO)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Sylvia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sylvia.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Sylvia covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E DeSoto Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Caney Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Cowan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Elm Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Rock Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  W Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Tomahawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Yellville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wickersham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Horton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hand Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nanny Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Crider Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bruno Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Sylvia ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sylvia.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sylvia, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sylvia.

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 Sylvia in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sylvia.

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

Rush - Historic   [Map]
 - While Rush was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sylvia
 - Rush had a post office and no railroad service
Tomahawk   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sylvia
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Tomahawk had a post office and no railroad service
Yellville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sylvia
 - 1895 population of 263 people (with 1,159 people in 2017)
 - Yellville had a post office and no railroad service
Bruno   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sylvia
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Bruno had a post office and no railroad service
Duff   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sylvia
 - Duff had a post office and no railroad service
Flippin   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Sylvia
 - Flippin had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Joe   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sylvia
 - 1895 population of 50 people (with 123 people in 2017)
 - Saint Joe had a post office and no railroad service
Marshall   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Sylvia
 - 1895 population of 278 people (with 1,302 people in 2017)
 - Marshall 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 Sylvia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sylvia in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites 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 Sylvia:

These websites are specific to Arkansas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baxter County:     Cyndi's



Boone County:     Cyndi's



Cleburne County:     Cyndi's



Fulton County:     Cyndi's



Izard County:     Cyndi's



Newton County:     Cyndi's



Pope County:     Cyndi's



Searcy County:     Cyndi's



Stone County:     Cyndi's



Van Buren County:     Cyndi's



Ozark County (MO):     Cyndi's



Taney County (MO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

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 Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Arkansas

About Marion 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 Sylvia, 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sylvia) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sylvia. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.1078, Longitude: -92.6024     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sylvia 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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