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Tolu, Arkansas

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Our Genealogical Helper for Tolu ...

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 Tolu (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 Tolu. 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 Tolu ...

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 107 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tolu.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Tolu, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Tolu.

Cemeteries Near Tolu ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tolu.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Academy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Goddard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dunagan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Ewing Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Elm Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE English Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethesda Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chalk Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Honey Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Dobbs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Piney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Edmiston Cemetery   [Map]     
  N White Rock Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Fourkiller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Bateman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Garrett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reese Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kidd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McClellan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sugar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tyler Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Doublehead Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Salem Indian Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Canehill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stilwell City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Morrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Downing Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Downing Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Reece Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ketcher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Chuliawe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Chulio Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Alberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ganderville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dunkard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cheatham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wolf Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pilgrims Rest 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, Tolu had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Evansville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Tolu
 - 1895 population of 306 people
 - Evansville had a post office and no railroad service
Morrow   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Tolu
 - Morrow had a post office and no railroad service
Dutch Mills   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Tolu
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Dutch Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Stop - Historic   [Map]
 - While Stop was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tolu
 - Stop had a post office and no railroad service
Sexton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sexton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Tolu
 - Sexton had a post office and no railroad service
Clyde   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Tolu
 - Clyde had a post office and no railroad service
Strickler   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Tolu
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Strickler had a post office and no railroad service
Lincoln   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Tolu
 - Lincoln had a post office and no railroad service
Hubbard   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Tolu
 - Hubbard 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 Tolu. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tolu 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 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 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.

Tolu is located in Washington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington County: Benton, Crawford, Madison & Adair (OK).

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

Washington     (The home county for Tolu)
      Evansville   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Dutch Mills   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Morrow   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Skylight   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Canehill   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Strickler   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Summers   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Prairie Grove   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Fork   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Winslow   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Siloam Springs   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gentry   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Springtown   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cherokee City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Highfill   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bethel Heights   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cave Springs   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centerton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rogers   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bentonville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Natural Dam   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cedarville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chester   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Winfrey   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mountainburg   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rudy   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Locke   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Van Buren   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alma   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dyer   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Felkner Town   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wesley   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Combs   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Saint Paul   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Whitener   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fort Smith   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barling   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lavaca   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fort Chaffee   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bonanza   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Adair (OK)
      Salem (OK)   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Fairfield (OK)   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Stilwell (OK)   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Peavine (OK)   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bell (OK)   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Zion (OK)   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      West Peavine (OK)   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cherry Tree (OK)   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Marietta (OK)   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Westville (OK)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Addielee (OK)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lyons (OK)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
Cherokee (OK)
      Eldon (OK)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tenkiller (OK)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Caney Ridge (OK)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dry Creek (OK)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Briggs (OK)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Carters Landing (OK)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Welling (OK)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Cookson (OK)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pettit Bay (OK)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Keys (OK)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Park Hill (OK)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pettit (OK)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
Delaware (OK)
      West Siloam Springs (OK)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dripping Springs (OK)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flint Creek (OK)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Colcord (OK)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kansas (OK)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Twin Oaks (OK)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cloud Creek (OK)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rocky Ford (OK)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leach (OK)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Haskell (OK)
      Tamaha (OK)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Le Flore (OK)
      Arkoma (OK)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Coffee (OK)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cowlington (OK)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pocola (OK)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Spiro (OK)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Mayes (OK)
      Rose (OK)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Muskogee (OK)
      Sour John (OK)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Braggs (OK)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Sequoyah (OK)
      Short (OK)   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stoney Point (OK)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Belfonte (OK)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Brushy (OK)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Long (OK)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flute Springs (OK)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Akins (OK)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Remy (OK)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Marble City (OK)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dwight Mission (OK)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Evening Shade (OK)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marble City Community (OK)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 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 Tolu:

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sebastian County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Adair County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Delaware County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haskell County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Le Flore County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mayes County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muskogee 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 Washington County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Washington 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Tolu ...

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

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 Tolu:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Tolu.
      See our Misc Page for Tolu for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Arkansas

About Washington County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Washington County:

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tolu. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.8145, Longitude: -94.4952     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tolu 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 Tolu, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Tolu.