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Our Genealogical Helper for Twist Ferry ...

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 Twist Ferry (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 Twist Ferry. 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 Twist Ferry ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Twist Ferry.

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

Cemeteries Near Twist Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Twist Ferry.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Layton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Richard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gibson Bayou Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cloar Cemetery   [Map]     
  E King Solomon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Akins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stark Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Mt. Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Halk Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Riley 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 Twist Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Twist Ferry.

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

Parkin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Twist Ferry
 - Parkin had railroad service and no post office
Poindexter   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Twist Ferry
 - Poindexter had a post office and no railroad service
Earle   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Twist Ferry
 - Earle had a post office and railroad service
Bay Village   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Twist Ferry
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Bay Village had a post office and no railroad service
Cherry Valley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Twist Ferry
 - 1895 population of 257 people (with 600 people in 2017)
 - Cherry Valley had a post office and railroad service
Levesque   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Twist Ferry
 - Levesque had a post office and railroad service
Lansing   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Twist Ferry
 - Lansing had a post office and no railroad service
Whitehall   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Twist Ferry
 - Whitehall had a post office and railroad service
Vanndale   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Twist Ferry
 - 1895 population of 282 people
 - Vanndale 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 Twist Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Twist Ferry 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 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.

Twist Ferry is located in Cross County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cross County: Crittenden, Jackson, Poinsett, Saint Francis & Woodruff.

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

Cross     (The home county for Twist Ferry)
      Twist   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Parkin   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bay Village   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cherry Valley   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Vanndale   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wynne   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hickory Ridge   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bay   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Caraway   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jonesboro   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Philadelphia   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brookland   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cash   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Monette   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bono   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Earle   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Heafer   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gilmore   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Turrell   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Crawfordsville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jennette   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jericho   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clarkedale   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Proctor   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sunset   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Edmondson   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Balch   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beedeville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Algoa   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gourd Neck   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Amagon   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grubbs   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tupelo   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Weldon   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brickeys   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Haynes   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Birdsong   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Denwood   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Whitton   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Frenchmans Bayou   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dyess   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Joiner   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bassett   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Ridge   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Etowah   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marie   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilson   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Keiser   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Marked Tree   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tyronza   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Harrisburg   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alto   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Trumann   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lepanto   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rivervale   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Waldenburg   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fisher   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Weiner   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Saint Francis
      Heth   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Colt   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Widener   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Madison   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Forrest City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hughes   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Palestine   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goodwin   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      McCrory   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hunter   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Patterson   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
DeSoto (MS)
      Southhaven (MS)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Walls (MS)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lynchburg (MS)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Memphis (MS)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newport (MS)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Horn Lake (MS)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Shelby (TN)
      Giles Town (TN)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hunt Village (TN)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodstock (TN)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Binghampton (TN)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Millington (TN)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Memphis (TN)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spring Lake (TN)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      The Village (TN)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tipton (TN)
      Wilkinsville (TN)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Twist Ferry:

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 Cross County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Craighead County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crittenden County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson 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    
Poinsett 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    
DeSoto 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 Cross County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas

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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Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Arkansas

About Cross County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Twist Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.3759, Longitude: -90.5562     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Twist Ferry 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 Twist Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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