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Our Genealogical Helper for Thompson ...

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 Thompson (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 Thompson. 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 Thompson ...

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 86 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thompson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thompson, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thompson.

Cemeteries Near Thompson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thompson.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Shumate Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Pinnacle Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Dunaway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Salem Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WNW Reese Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Hickory Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Grose Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Groseclos Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stokenbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Combs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ledbetter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burkhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stringum Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greasy Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cherry Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Mill Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Round Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Culwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mineral Springs 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, Thompson had a post office and railroad service.

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

Durham   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Thompson
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Durham had a post office and railroad service
Crosses   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Thompson
 - Crosses had railroad service and no post office
Hazel Valley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thompson
 - Hazel Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Arnett   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Thompson
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Arnett had a post office and no railroad service
Delaney   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Thompson
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Delaney had a post office and railroad service
Patrick   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Thompson
 - Patrick had a post office and no railroad service
Elkins   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Thompson
 - Elkins had railroad service and no post office
Sulphur City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thompson
 - Sulphur City had a post office and no railroad service
Wesley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Thompson
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Wesley 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 Thompson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thompson 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and 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.

Thompson is located in Madison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Madison County: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Newton & Washington.

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

Madison     (The home county for Thompson)
      Wesley   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Combs   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Saint Paul   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Witter   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Whitener   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hindsville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pettigrew   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Boston   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marble   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bethel Heights   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      War Eagle   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cave Springs   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Prairie Creek   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rogers   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lost Bridge Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Highfill   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avoca   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Little Flock   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bentonville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centerton   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dryfork   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Metalton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Winona Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rudd   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eureka Springs   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holiday Island   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Green Forest   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grandview   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Winfrey   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Locke   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Chester   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mountainburg   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mulberry   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dyer   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Natural Dam   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rudy   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedarville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alma   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Felkner Town   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Webb City   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wiederkehr Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Altus   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Denning   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alix   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Batson   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oark   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ozone   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lone Pine   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coal Hill   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Union City   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hartman   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ponca   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Compton   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Parthenon   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hazel Valley   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Winslow   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Fork   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mayfield   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Greenland   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fayette Junction   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blue Springs Village   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
Adair (OK)
      Watts Community (OK)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Westville (OK)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Salem (OK)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bell (OK)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fairfield (OK)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Peavine (OK)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Watts (OK)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Addielee (OK)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Peavine (OK)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stilwell (OK)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Zion (OK)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cherry Tree (OK)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Delaware (OK)
      West Siloam Springs (OK)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Sequoyah (OK)
      Short (OK)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Thompson:

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 Madison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conway County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crawford 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    
Newton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Adair County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Delaware County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sequoyah County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

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

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 Thompson:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Thompson.
      See our Misc Page for Thompson for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thompson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.9217, Longitude: -93.9463     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thompson 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 Thompson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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