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Our Genealogical Helper for Turkey Scratch ...

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 Turkey Scratch (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 Turkey Scratch. 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 Turkey Scratch ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Turkey Scratch.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Turkey Scratch, 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 Turkey Scratch.

Cemeteries Near Turkey Scratch ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Turkey Scratch.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Spring Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Mt. Mariah Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Schaffhauser Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rehoboth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Pastel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Life Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Postelle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lone Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tucker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Possum Trot Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Ashberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Paradise Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hawkins Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Central Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Moro Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whitehall Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Shavery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Gilean Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Moriah 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 Turkey Scratch in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Turkey Scratch.

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

Vineyard   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Turkey Scratch
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Vineyard had a post office and no railroad service
 
Spring Creek   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Turkey Scratch
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Spring Creek had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hicksville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Turkey Scratch
 - Hicksville had a post office and railroad service
 
Tyner - Historic   [Map]
 - While Tyner was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Turkey Scratch
 - Tyner had a post office and no railroad service
 
Marvell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Turkey Scratch
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 986 people in 2017)
 - Marvell had a post office and railroad service
 
Poplar Grove   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Turkey Scratch
 - 1895 population of 200 people
 - Poplar Grove had a post office and railroad service
 
North Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While North Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Turkey Scratch
 - North Creek had a post office and no railroad service
 
Palmer   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Turkey Scratch
 - Palmer had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Turkey Scratch. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Turkey Scratch 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Turkey Scratch is primarily located in Phillips County. A portion of Turkey Scratch extends into Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Phillips County: Arkansas, Desha, Lee, Monroe, Bolivar (MS), Coahoma (MS) & Tunica (MS).

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

  DirectionDistance
Phillips     (The home county for Turkey Scratch)
      Marvell   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Poplar Grove   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lexa   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Barton   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Turner   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oneida   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Helena   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wabash   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Helena - West Helena   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Arkansas
      Crockett's Bluff   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Charles   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Preston Ferry   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Casscoe   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ethel   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Almyra   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      De Witt   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stuttgart   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tichnor   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Crittenden
      Horseshoe Lake   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Desha
      Snow Lake   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lee
      Aubrey   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Rondo   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Moro   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      LaGrange   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Marianna   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Phillips Bayou   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Haynes   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Brickeys   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Monroe
      Monroe   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine City   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Holly Grove   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clarendon   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brinkley   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fargo   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Roe   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Prairie
      Biscoe   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ulm   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      De Valls Bluff   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tollville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Little Dixie   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hazen   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sand Hill   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Des Arc   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Saint Francis
      Goodwin   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wheatley   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Palestine   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Forrest City   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Widener   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hughes   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Colt   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heth   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Woodruff
      Hunter   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cotton Plant   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Howell   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Bolivar (MS)
      Alligator (MS)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Round Lake (MS)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Coahoma (MS)
      Friars Point (MS)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lula (MS)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coahoma (MS)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jonestown (MS)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clarksdale (MS)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lyon (MS)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hopson (MS)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Tunica (MS)
      North Tunica (MS)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tunica (MS)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 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 Turkey Scratch:

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 Phillips County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Arkansas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Crittenden County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Desha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee 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    
Saint Francis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Woodruff County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bolivar County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coahoma County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tunica County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Phillips County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Phillips 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 ...
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Search for a Community located in Arkansas

About Phillips County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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



Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Turkey Scratch. 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 Turkey Scratch

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Turkey Scratch. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6439, Longitude: -90.9276     [Map].

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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: findagrave.com.

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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 Turkey Scratch, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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