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Our Genealogical Helper for Tomato ...

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 Tomato (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 Tomato. 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 Tomato ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tomato.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Tomato, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Tomato.

Cemeteries Near Tomato ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tomato.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Steger Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Mann Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW AME Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Rosa Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mann Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Ashport Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Buckner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hatchie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Lightfoot Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Spur Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hatcher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sawyer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE St. James Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Western Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Canaan Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Number 9 Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Sandy Ridge 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>

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

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

Barfield   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Tomato
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Barfield had a post office and no railroad service
Ashport (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Tomato
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Ashport had a post office and no railroad service
Hales Point (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Tomato
 - 1895 population of 119 people
 - Hales Point had a post office and no railroad service
Clear Lake   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Tomato
 - Clear Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Lightfoot (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tomato
 - Lightfoot had a post office and no railroad service
Golddust (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Tomato
 - Golddust had a post office and no railroad service
Glimp (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Tomato
 - Glimp had a post office and no railroad service
Edith (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Tomato
 - Edith had a post office and no railroad service
Mack (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Tomato
 - Mack 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 Tomato. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tomato 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.

Tomato is located in Mississippi County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mississippi County: Craighead, Crittenden, Poinsett, Dunklin (MO), Pemiscot (MO), Dyer (TN), Lauderdale (TN) & Tipton (TN).

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

Mississippi     (The home county for Tomato)
      Armorel   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Blytheville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Burdette   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Luxora   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gosnell   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dell   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Osceola   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stark City   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Victoria   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Driver   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Keiser   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Manila   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Bell City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nimmons   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Caraway   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Monette   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rivervale   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lepanto   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alto   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Dunklin (MO)
      Rives (MO)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hornersville (MO)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Senath (MO)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arbyrd (MO)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kennett (MO)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cardwell (MO)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      White Oak (MO)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine City (MO)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
New Madrid (MO)
      Portageville (MO)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Pemiscot (MO)
      Cooter (MO)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Holland (MO)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Steele (MO)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Braggadocio (MO)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Caruthersville (MO)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Gobler (MO)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Deering (MO)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hayti Heights (MO)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hayti (MO)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mid City (MO)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pascola (MO)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bragg City (MO)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
Crockett (TN)
      Chestnut Bluff (TN)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Friendship (TN)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Maury City (TN)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Maury Junction (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Johnsons Grove (TN)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elizabeth (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alamo (TN)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bells (TN)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fruitvale (TN)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Dyer (TN)
      Mengelwood (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Richwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Finley (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Middle City (TN)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bruceville (TN)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dyersburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bishop (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bogota (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tigrett (TN)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Meacham (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Newbern (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Churchton (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Fayette (TN)
      Braden (TN)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gallaway (TN)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Gibson (TN)
      Yorkville (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Haywood (TN)
      Owl City (TN)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bradford (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brownsville (TN)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stanton (TN)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fredonia (TN)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ko Ko (TN)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodland (TN)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lake (TN)
      Powells Ferry (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ridgely (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Owl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sunkist Beach (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tiptonville (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lauderdale (TN)
      Daniels Point Landing (TN)   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Ripley (TN)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Henning (TN)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gates (TN)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Halls (TN)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
Shelby (TN)
      Millington (TN)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Giles Town (TN)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arlington (TN)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lakeland (TN)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tipton (TN)
      Garland (TN)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Walnut Grove (TN)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Burlison (TN)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Covington (TN)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gilt Edge (TN)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gift (TN)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Carmel (TN)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brighton (TN)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clopton (TN)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Munford (TN)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Charleston (TN)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Atoka (TN)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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 either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Tomato:

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 Mississippi County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Craighead County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Poinsett County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dunklin County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
New Madrid County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pemiscot County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Crockett County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dyer County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gibson County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haywood County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lake County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tipton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Arkansas

About Mississippi County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mississippi County:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tomato. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.8437, Longitude: -89.7412     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tomato 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 Tomato, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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