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Our Genealogical Helper for Tumbling Shoals ...

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 Tumbling Shoals (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 Tumbling Shoals. 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.

Name Variations for Tumbling Shoals ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Tumbling Shoals.

  • Typical abbreviation for Tumbling Shoals: Tumbling Shls.

Newspapers Published in Tumbling Shoals ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tumbling Shoals.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Tumbling Shoals, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Tumbling Shoals.

Cemeteries Near Tumbling Shoals ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tumbling Shoals.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Golf Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Magness Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Center Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Cove - Kendall Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NW Verser Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Faulkner Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Burkett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mason 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 Tumbling Shoals in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Tumbling Shoals.

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

Ida   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Tumbling Shoals
 - Ida had a post office and no railroad service
Heber Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Tumbling Shoals
 - 1895 population of 322 people (with 6,967 people in 2017)
 - Heber Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Hiram   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tumbling Shoals
 - Hiram had a post office and no railroad service
Tyler - Historic   [Map]
 - While Tyler was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Tumbling Shoals
 - Tyler had a post office and no railroad service
Wolf Bayou   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Tumbling Shoals
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Wolf Bayou had a post office and no railroad service
Shiloh - Historic   [Map]
 - While Shiloh was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Tumbling Shoals
 - 1895 population of 94 people
 - Shiloh had a post office and no railroad service
Pangburn   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tumbling Shoals
 - Pangburn had a post office and no railroad service
Banner   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Tumbling Shoals
 - Banner had a post office and no railroad service
Clay   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tumbling Shoals
 - Clay 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 Tumbling Shoals. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tumbling Shoals 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.

Tumbling Shoals is located in Cleburne County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cleburne County: Faulkner, Independence, Stone, Van Buren & White.

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

Cleburne     (The home county for Tumbling Shoals)
      Ida   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Heber Springs   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Wilburn   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Drasco   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rainbow Island   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Greers Ferry   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Prim   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Edgemont   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Higden   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Quitman   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Big Flat   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Austin   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Center Ridge   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Middleton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Guy   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Enola   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Twin Groves   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Greenbrier   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Holland   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vilonia   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wooster   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Floral   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Locust Grove   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pleasant Plains   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Desha   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Salado   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Batesville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cushman   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rosie   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Thida   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pfeiffer   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Guion   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Pleasant   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Melbourne   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sage   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bone Town   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jacksonport   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Island Town   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Campbell Station   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Diaz   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Austin   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ward   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cabot   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hickory Plains   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Leslie   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cave City   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sidney   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grange   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Marcella   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mountain View   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fox   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Timbo   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alco   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fifty-Six   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Onia   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Van Buren
      Fairfield Bay   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eglantine   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Shirley   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gravesville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Green Tree   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Bee Branch   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Choctaw   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Damascus   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Formosa   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dennard   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crabtree   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pangburn   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Letona   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sunnydale   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rose Bud   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Center Hill   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Romance   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Searcy   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Judsonia   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kensett   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Higginson   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Russell   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 Tumbling Shoals:

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 Cleburne County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baxter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conway County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Faulkner County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Independence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Izard County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lonoke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prairie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Searcy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sharp County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Van Buren County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
White County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Woodruff County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Arkansas

About Cleburne County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Tumbling Shoals. 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' distance that begins in Tumbling Shoals. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Tumbling Shoals) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Tumbling Shoals. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Tumbling Shoals

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tumbling Shoals. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.5415, Longitude: -91.9673     [Map].

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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 Tumbling Shoals, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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