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Providence, Missouri
(Dunklin County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Providence ...

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 Providence (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 Providence. 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 Providence ...

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 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Providence.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Providence, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Providence.

Cemeteries Near Providence ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Providence.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Park Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Lynne Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Stanfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Elder Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hopwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Four Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stevens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Poplin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rocky Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Lloyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pine City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Parma 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 Providence in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Providence.

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

Wrightsville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Providence
 - Wrightsville had a post office and no railroad service
Clarkton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 314 people (with 1,212 people in 2016)
 - Clarkton had a post office and no railroad service
Malden   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 943 people (with 4,064 people in 2016)
 - Malden had a post office and railroad service
Campbell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 200 people (with 1,897 people in 2016)
 - Campbell had a post office and railroad service
Valley Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Providence
 - Valley Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Holcomb   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Providence
 - Holcomb had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Francis (AR)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 356 people (with 232 people in 2016)
 - Saint Francis had a post office and railroad service
Bernie   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Providence
 - Bernie had railroad service and no post office
White Oak   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Providence
 - White Oak 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 Providence. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Providence 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 hospitals and 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.

Providence is located in Dunklin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dunklin County: Clay (AR), Craighead (AR), Greene (AR), Mississippi (AR), Butler, New Madrid, Pemiscot & Stoddard.

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

Dunklin     (The home county for Providence)
      Malden   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clarkton   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Gibson   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Holcomb   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pine City   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      White Oak   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kennett   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Senath   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rives   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hornersville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arbyrd   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sturdivant   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fagus   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Qulin   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Broseley   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Fisk   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kelly Town   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rombauer   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Poplar Bluff   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harviell   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Neelyville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Prairie   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bertrand   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
New Madrid
      Gideon   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Risco   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tallapoosa   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Parma   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Portageville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Catron   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Conran   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Lilbourn   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Marston   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      North Lilbourn   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Howardville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Canalou   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      North Wardell   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wardell   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Homestown   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bragg City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hayward   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mid City   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Netherlands   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pascola   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hayti Heights   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Deering   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Hayti   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Braggadocio   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Naylor   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairdealing   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oxly   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Miner   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vanduser   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Haywood City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bernie   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      LaValle   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dexter   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dudley   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Penermon   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Essex   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Baker   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grayridge   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bloomfield   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Circle City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Puxico   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bell City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wappapello   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McGee   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shook   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (AR)
      Saint Francis (AR)   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Piggott (AR)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Nimmons (AR)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bell City (AR)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pollard (AR)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Greenway (AR)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      McDougal (AR)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Rector (AR)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Corning (AR)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Knobel (AR)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Greene (AR)
      Marmaduke (AR)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lafe (AR)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oak Grove Heights (AR)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Mississippi (AR)
      Gosnell (AR)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blytheville (AR)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stark City (AR)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Dyer (TN)
      Bogota (TN)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mengelwood (TN)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lake (TN)
      Powells Ferry (TN)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tiptonville (TN)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Proctor City (TN)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sunkist Beach (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Markham (TN)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Owl City (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ridgely (TN)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Obion (TN)
      Samburg (TN)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hornbeak (TN)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - 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 Providence:

These websites are specific to Missouri:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Missouri State Archives

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

These pages are specific to Dunklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bollinger County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mississippi County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
New Madrid County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pemiscot County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Ripley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Scott County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Stoddard County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Clay County (AR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (AR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mississippi County (AR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dyer County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lake County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Obion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Missouri:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Missouri,     of Dunklin County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Missouri
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Missouri
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Missouri,     of Dunklin 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 Missouri
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Missouri: www.missouri.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Providence. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.5164, Longitude: -89.9718     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Providence 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 Providence, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Providence.