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Tafton, Arkansas

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Our Genealogy Helper for Tafton ...

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 Tafton (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 Tafton. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Tafton is located in Pulaski County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pulaski County: Faulkner, Grant, Jefferson, Lonoke, Perry & Saline.

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

Pulaski     (The home county for Tafton)
  Wrightsville   [Map]     N   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Bingham   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Sweet Home   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Landmark   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  College Station   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Woodson   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Wakefield Village   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Windamere   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hensley   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Little Rock   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Scott   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Mabelvale   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Stuttgart   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Staves   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  White Oak Bluff   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mayflower   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Preston   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Vilonia   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lollie   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Conway   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Holland   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Enola   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lonsdale   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fountain Lake   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Center Grove   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Tull   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Sheridan   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Slabtown   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Prattsville   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Poyen   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Grapevine   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Leola   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Hot Spring
  Perla   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rockport   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Malvern   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Magnet Cove   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lono   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Redfield   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Wright   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Tucker   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sherrill   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  White Hall   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Altheimer   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sulphur Springs   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pine Bluff   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wabbaseka   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Humphrey   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pinebergen   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Keo   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  England   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Coy   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lonoke   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Seaton   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Allport   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Humnoke   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cabot   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Parkers Corner   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Austin   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Little Italy   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fourche   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bigelow   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Toad Suck   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Houston   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Screeton   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hickory Plains   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hazen   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Tollville   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  East End   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Shannon Hills   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Alexander   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bryant   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bauxite   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Salem   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Benton   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Avilla   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Haskell   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Traskwood   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rubicon   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Paron   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  El Paso   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Beebe   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  McRae   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Tafton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tafton.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Kuykendall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pinkerton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Birden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dickey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hudgens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Landmark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE All Souls Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little Rock National Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fraternal Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Campground Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Upchurch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rest in Peace Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Holly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Roselawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cornerstone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Le Grande Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baucum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW McPherson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Red Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Elmlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Tafton ...

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 244 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tafton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Tafton, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Tafton.

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>

While we didn't find Tafton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Tafton.

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

Sweet Home   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Tafton
 - Sweet Home had a post office and railroad service
Dickey - Historic   [Map]
 - While Dickey was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Tafton
 - Dickey had a post office and no railroad service
Fourche - Historic   [Map]
 - While Fourche was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Tafton
 - Fourche had railroad service and no post office
Altharp - Historic   [Map]
 - While Altharp was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Tafton
 - Altharp had a post office and no railroad service
Little Rock   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Tafton
 - 1895 population of 25,874 people (with 198,606 people in 2017)
 - Little Rock had a post office and railroad service
Scott   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Tafton
 - Scott had a post office and railroad service
Willowdale - Historic   [Map]
 - While Willowdale was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Tafton
 - Willowdale had a post office and no railroad service
Wampoo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Tafton
 - Wampoo 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 Tafton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tafton in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These 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 Tafton:

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 Pulaski County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Arkansas County:     Cyndi's


Cleveland County:     Cyndi's



Faulkner County:     Cyndi's



Garland County:     Cyndi's



Grant County:     Cyndi's



Hot Spring County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Lonoke County:     Cyndi's



Perry County:     Cyndi's



Prairie County:     Cyndi's



Saline County:     Cyndi's



White County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Arkansas

About Pulaski County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Pulaski County:

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tafton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6195, Longitude: -92.2213     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tafton 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 Tafton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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