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Our Genealogical Helper for Thomas ...

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

We've added Thomas to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Thomas, 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 Thomas (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 Thomas. 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 Thomas ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thomas.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thomas, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thomas.

Cemeteries Near Thomas ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thomas.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Czech National Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hazen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Hazen Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Pleasant Home Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Biscoe Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Green Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Russian Orthodox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N White 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 Thomas in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Thomas.

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

De Valls Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thomas
 - 1895 population of 380 people (with 569 people in 2017)
 - De Valls Bluff had a post office and railroad service
 
Hazen   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Thomas
 - 1895 population of 458 people (with 1,383 people in 2017)
 - Hazen had a post office and railroad service
 
Cuneo - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cuneo was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thomas
 - Cuneo had railroad service and no post office
 
Screeton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Thomas
 - Screeton had railroad service and no post office
 
Roe   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thomas
 - Roe had a post office and railroad service
 
Barrettsville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Thomas
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Barrettsville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Fairmount   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thomas
 - Fairmount had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clarendon   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Thomas
 - 1895 population of 1,060 people (with 1,445 people in 2017)
 - Clarendon had a post office and railroad service
 
Carlisle   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thomas
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 2,182 people in 2017)
 - Carlisle had a post office and railroad service
 
Parham - Historic   [Map]
 - While Parham was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) from Thomas
 - Parham had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Thomas. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thomas 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 southwest 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 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 Thomas is historic, it would have been located within present day Prairie County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Prairie County: Arkansas, Lonoke, Monroe, White & Woodruff.

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

  DirectionDistance
Prairie     (The home county for Thomas)
      Tollville   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      De Valls Bluff   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hazen   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Biscoe   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Screeton   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ulm   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Des Arc   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sand Hill   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Little Dixie   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hickory Plains   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Arkansas
      Stuttgart   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Casscoe   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Preston Ferry   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Almyra   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Crockett's Bluff   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      De Witt   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Charles   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bayou Meto   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ethel   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Jefferson
      Humphrey   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wabbaseka   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tucker   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Altheimer   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sherrill   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wright   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Lee
      Moro   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Aubrey   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rondo   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Lonoke
      Carlisle   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Parkers Corner   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Humnoke   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Seaton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Allport   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lonoke   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      England   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Keo   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ward   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Austin   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cabot   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Monroe
      Roe   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clarendon   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brinkley   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Holly Grove   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Monroe   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Fargo   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine City   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Phillips
      Turkey Scratch   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Turner   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marvell   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Poplar Grove   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pulaski
      Scott   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McAlmont   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Booker   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gravel Ridge   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rose City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sherwood   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      College Station   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Saint Francis
      Wheatley   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goodwin   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Palestine   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
White
      Georgetown   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Griffithville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beebe   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Garner   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McRae   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Point   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Higginson   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kensett   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Searcy   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Judsonia   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Center Hill   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Woodruff
      Cotton Plant   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Howell   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hunter   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McCrory   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Patterson   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 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 Thomas:

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 Prairie County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Arkansas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lonoke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Phillips County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Francis 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 Prairie County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of 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

Other Roadside Stops ...



Find a Community in Arkansas

About Prairie County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Arkansas: www.arkansas.gov/



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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thomas. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7587, Longitude: -91.5154     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thomas 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: findagrave.com.

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