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Our Genealogical Helper for Topaz ...

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 Topaz (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 Topaz. 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 Topaz ...

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 4 newspapers that have been published in the area around Topaz.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Topaz, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Topaz.

Cemeteries Near Topaz ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Topaz.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Truevine Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Edmondson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Locust Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kinsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rodgers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNE St. Stephens 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.<2>

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

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

Pinckney   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Topaz
 - Pinckney had a post office and no railroad service
Norfolk (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Topaz
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Norfolk had a post office and no railroad service
Riceville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Topaz
 - Riceville had railroad service and no post office
Seyppel   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Topaz
 - Seyppel had a post office and no railroad service
Hulbert   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Topaz
 - Hulbert had railroad service and no post office
Penton (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Topaz
 - Penton had a post office and no railroad service
Lake Cormorant (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Topaz
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Lake Cormorant had railroad service and no post office
Glover (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Topaz
 - Glover had a post office and no railroad service
Walls (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Topaz
 - Walls had railroad service and no post office
Lake View (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Topaz
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Lake View had a post office and railroad service
West Memphis   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Topaz
 - 1895 population of 375 people (with 24,860 people in 2017)
 - West Memphis had railroad service and no post office
Vincent   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Topaz
 - Vincent had a post office and railroad service
Blackfish   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Topaz
 - Blackfish had railroad service and no post office
Bledsoe   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Topaz
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Bledsoe 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 Topaz. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Topaz 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Topaz is located in Crittenden County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Crittenden County: Cross, Lee, Mississippi, Poinsett, Saint Francis, DeSoto (MS), Tunica (MS), Shelby (TN) & Tipton (TN).

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

Crittenden     (The home county for Topaz)
      Anthonyville   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Proctor   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Edmondson   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Amanca   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Horseshoe Lake   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Jennette   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      West Memphis   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Crawfordsville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marion   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sunset   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mound City   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Earle   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jericho   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Parkin   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Twist   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wynne   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vanndale   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bay Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cherry Valley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brickeys   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Haynes   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marianna   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Phillips Bayou   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      LaGrange   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rondo   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aubrey   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moro   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Birdsong   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Denwood   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Frenchmans Bayou   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Whitton   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Joiner   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bassett   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dyess   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wilson   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Helena - West Helena   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lexa   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Helena   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Barton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tyronza   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Marked Tree   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alto   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lepanto   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Francis
      Hughes   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Heth   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Widener   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Madison   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Forrest City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colt   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Palestine   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goodwin   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Coahoma (MS)
      Lula (MS)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
DeSoto (MS)
      Newport (MS)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Walls (MS)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Southhaven (MS)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Memphis (MS)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lynchburg (MS)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Horn Lake (MS)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      De Soto Village (MS)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Southaven (MS)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hernando (MS)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Olive Branch (MS)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ingrams Mill (MS)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Marshall (MS)
      Byhalia (MS)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Panola (MS)
      Crenshaw (MS)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Longtown (MS)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tate (MS)
      Coldwater (MS)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Senatobia (MS)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Town (MS)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tunica (MS)
      North Tunica (MS)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Tunica (MS)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
Shelby (TN)
      Hunt Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Memphis (TN)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Binghampton (TN)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Parkway Village (TN)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      The Village (TN)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Giles Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodstock (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Spring Lake (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Germantown (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bartlett (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millington (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Collierville (TN)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lakeland (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tipton (TN)
      Wilkinsville (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 Topaz:

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 Crittenden County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cross County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mississippi County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Phillips County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Poinsett County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Francis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coahoma County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeSoto County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Panola County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tate County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tunica County (MS):       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 Crittenden County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Crittenden 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Topaz. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.0365, Longitude: -90.3593     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Topaz have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Topaz, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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