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Our Genealogy 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 an insight into their world.

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.

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 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.

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:

  DirDistance
Crittenden     (The home county for Topaz)
  Anthonyville   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  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]
 
Cross
  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]
 
Lee
  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]
 
Mississippi
  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]
 
Phillips
  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]
 
Poinsett
  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]
 
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.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 &
Direction


      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]     

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]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Topaz.

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.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 Topaz:

These websites are specific to Arkansas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cross County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lee County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Mississippi County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Phillips County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Poinsett County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Saint Francis County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Coahoma County (MS):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
DeSoto County (MS):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Marshall County (MS):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Panola County (MS):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tate County (MS):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tunica County (MS):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Shelby County (TN):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tipton County (TN):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Arkansas,
Cemeteries of Crittenden County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Arkansas
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Arkansas, for 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
 
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      Mississippi
      Tennessee

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Arkansas

About Crittenden County

About Arkansas

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.

The official website for State of Arkansas: https://portal.arkansas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things 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 we use 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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