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Our Genealogical Helper for Tomberlin ...

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 Tomberlin (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 Tomberlin. 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 Tomberlin ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tomberlin.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Tomberlin, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Tomberlin.

Cemeteries Near Tomberlin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tomberlin.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Tomberlin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mulberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nelon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Gumwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Hendricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Flynn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Geridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Keo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Weedon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Flat Bayou Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Turrentine Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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 Tomberlin had a population of 20 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

England   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Tomberlin
 - England had a post office and railroad service
Sherrill   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Tomberlin
 - Sherrill had a post office and railroad service
Keo   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Tomberlin
 - Keo had a post office and railroad service
Plum Bayou - Historic   [Map]
 - While Plum Bayou was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Tomberlin
 - 1895 population of 200 people
 - Plum Bayou had a post office and no railroad service
Pettus   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Tomberlin
 - Pettus had a post office and no railroad service
Wabbaseka   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Tomberlin
 - 1895 population of 275 people (with 228 people in 2017)
 - Wabbaseka had a post office and railroad service
Humphrey   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tomberlin
 - Humphrey had a post office and railroad service
Cobbs   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Tomberlin
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Cobbs had a post office and no railroad service
Wampoo   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Tomberlin
 - 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 Tomberlin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tomberlin 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Tomberlin is located in Lonoke County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lonoke County: Arkansas, Faulkner, Jefferson, Prairie, Pulaski & White.

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

Lonoke     (The home county for Tomberlin)
      Coy   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Allport   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      England   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Humnoke   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Seaton   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Keo   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Parkers Corner   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lonoke   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Carlisle   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cabot   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Austin   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stuttgart   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Almyra   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bayou Meto   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Casscoe   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Preston Ferry   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      De Witt   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crockett's Bluff   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gillett   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Staves   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Center Grove   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Slabtown   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grapevine   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sheridan   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Prattsville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tull   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tucker   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sherrill   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Humphrey   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wabbaseka   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wright   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Altheimer   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Redfield   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pine Bluff   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moscow   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sulphur Springs   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grady   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Yorktown   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crigler   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Meroney   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Star City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gould   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Roe   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clarendon   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holly Grove   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Screeton   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ulm   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Tollville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hazen   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      De Valls Bluff   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hickory Plains   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Biscoe   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Des Arc   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scott   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hensley   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Woodson   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wrightsville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      College Station   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bingham   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Sweet Home   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rose City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Booker   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McAlmont   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Landmark   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Little Rock   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East End   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shannon Hills   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alexander   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bryant   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bauxite   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Benton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beebe   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Tomberlin:

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 Lonoke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Arkansas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Cleveland County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prairie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saline County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
White County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Tomberlin ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Arkansas

About Lonoke County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tomberlin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5159, Longitude: -91.8715     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tomberlin 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 Tomberlin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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