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Our Genealogy Helper for Spearsville ...

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 Spearsville (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 Spearsville. 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 Parishes/Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring parishes/counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home parish. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next parish to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the parish to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring parishes/counties instead of the parish in which they lived:  their home parish contained property and probate records; the parish to the east contained birth and death records; the parish to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring parishes/counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Spearsville is located in Union Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Union Parish: Ashley (AR), Union (AR), Claiborne, Lincoln, Morehouse & Ouachita.

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

Union     (The home parish for Spearsville)
  Lillie   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Bernice   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Farmerville   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Marion   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Downsville   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Haile   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Wilhite   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ouachita City   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Arcadia   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gibsland   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mount Lebanon   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bryceland   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Taylor   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Junction City   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Summerfield   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Sugar Creek   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Homer   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Athens   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Haynesville   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dykesville   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ansley   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Eros   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Quitman   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hico   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Dubach   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Vienna   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ruston   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Choudrant   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Grambling   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Simsboro   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Frost Town   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Eureka   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Calhoun   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sterlington   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Claiborne   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fairbanks   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Northpark Village   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  West Monroe   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Shongaloo   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Ashley (AR)
  Meridian (AR)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Crossett (AR)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Crossett (AR)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bradley (AR)
  Jersey (AR)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Columbia (AR)
  Emerson (AR)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Ouachita (AR)
  Joyce City (AR)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Louann (AR)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pace City (AR)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Union (AR)
  Junction City (AR)   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Scotland (AR)   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Strong (AR)   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Urbana (AR)   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  El Dorado (AR)   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lawson (AR)   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Perdue City (AR)   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dodge City (AR)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Crain City (AR)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Bolding (AR)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Dumas City (AR)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Huttig (AR)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Spearsville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spearsville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hard Shell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Camp Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Brantley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Barrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Alabama - Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bernice Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Morgan - Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Laran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Caledonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rabun Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roselawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fellowship Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Spearsville ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spearsville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spearsville, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spearsville.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Spearsville had a population of 84 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Spearsville had a population of 134 people.

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

Clayton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Clayton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spearsville
 - Clayton had a post office and no railroad service
Cherry Ridge - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cherry Ridge was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Spearsville
 - Cherry Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Blanchard Springs (AR) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Blanchard Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Spearsville
 - 1895 population of 208 people
 - Blanchard Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Weldon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spearsville
 - Weldon had a post office and no railroad service
Caledonia (AR)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Spearsville
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Caledonia had a post office and no railroad service
Wards Mill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wards Mill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spearsville
 - Wards Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Cane Ridge - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cane Ridge was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spearsville
 - Cane Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Shiloh   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Spearsville
 - 1895 population of 200 people
 - Shiloh had a post office and no railroad service
Cornie (AR)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spearsville
 - Cornie 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 Spearsville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spearsville in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Spearsville:

These websites are specific to Louisiana:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the // Resources/

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Louisiana to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Union Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Bienville Parish:     Cyndi's



Claiborne Parish:     Cyndi's



Jackson Parish:     Cyndi's



Lincoln Parish:     Cyndi's



Ouachita Parish:     Cyndi's



Webster Parish:     Cyndi's



Ashley County (AR):     Cyndi's



Bradley County (AR):     Cyndi's



Columbia County (AR):     Cyndi's



Ouachita County (AR):     Cyndi's



Union County (AR):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Union Parish
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Louisiana

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 Louisiana
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Spearsville ...

While our initial data about Spearsville came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Spearsville in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Spearsville.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Spearsville:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

We have found Spearsville in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Spearsville for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Spearsville. See our Misc Page for Spearsville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Louisiana

About Union Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Louisiana:

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Spearsville) 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 Spearsville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spearsville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spearsville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9339, Longitude: -92.6022     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spearsville 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 Spearsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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