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Our Genealogy Helper for Bright ...

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 Bright (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 Bright. 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 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Bright is located in DeSoto County.

To see how the shape of Mississippi's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeSoto County: Crittenden (AR), Marshall, Tate, Tunica & Shelby (TN).

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

  • DeSoto County     (The home county of Bright)
    • Hernando [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hernando
      • Hernando [DeSoto County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 16,399 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hernando have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hernando
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hernando<3>
    • Alphaba [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alphaba
      • Alphaba [DeSoto County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Bright
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alphaba
    • Southaven [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Southaven
      • Southaven [DeSoto County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 55,780 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Southaven have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Southaven
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Southaven<3>
    • Ingrams Mill [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ingrams Mill
      • Ingrams Mill [DeSoto County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Bright
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ingrams Mill
    • Olive Branch [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olive Branch
      • Olive Branch [DeSoto County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 38,924 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olive Branch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olive Branch
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Olive Branch<3>
    • Aldens [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aldens
      • Aldens [DeSoto County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aldens
    • De Soto Village [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for De Soto Village
      • De Soto Village [DeSoto County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for De Soto Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on De Soto Village
    • Horn Lake [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horn Lake
      • Horn Lake [DeSoto County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 27,272 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Horn Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Horn Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Horn Lake<3>
    • Lynchburg [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lynchburg
      • Lynchburg [DeSoto County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lynchburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lynchburg
    • Cub Lake [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cub Lake
      • Cub Lake [DeSoto County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cub Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cub Lake
    • Southhaven [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Southhaven
      • Southhaven [DeSoto County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Southhaven have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Southhaven
    • Walls [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walls
      • Walls [DeSoto County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,420 people
      • Former name for Walls:
      • Alpika
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walls
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Walls<3>
  • Benton County
    • Snow Lake Shores [Benton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Snow Lake Shores
      • Snow Lake Shores [Benton County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the east of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 289 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Snow Lake Shores have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Snow Lake Shores
    • Michigan City [Benton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Michigan City
      • Michigan City [Benton County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the east of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Michigan City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Michigan City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Michigan City<3>
  • Lafayette County
    • Abbeville [Lafayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abbeville
      • Abbeville [Lafayette County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 423 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Abbeville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Abbeville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Abbeville<3>
    • Oxford [Lafayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oxford
      • Oxford [Lafayette County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 28,122 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oxford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oxford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oxford<3>
  • Marshall County
    • Byhalia [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Byhalia
      • Byhalia [Marshall County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,210 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Byhalia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Byhalia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Byhalia<3>
    • Cayce [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cayce
      • Cayce [Marshall County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cayce
    • Taska [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Taska
      • Taska [Marshall County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the east of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Taska have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Taska
    • Chulahoma [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chulahoma
      • Chulahoma [Marshall County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Bright
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chulahoma
    • Mount Pleasant [Marshall County]
    • Holly Springs [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holly Springs
      • Holly Springs [Marshall County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,798 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holly Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holly Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Holly Springs<3>
    • Laws Hill [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laws Hill
      • Laws Hill [Marshall County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Bright
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laws Hill
    • Potts Camp [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Potts Camp
      • Potts Camp [Marshall County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the east of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 467 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Potts Camp have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Potts Camp
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Potts Camp<3>
  • Panola County
    • Como [Panola County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Como
      • Como [Panola County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,188 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Como
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Como<3>
    • Longtown [Panola County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Longtown
      • Longtown [Panola County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Bright
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Longtown
    • Sardis [Panola County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sardis
      • Sardis [Panola County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,581 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sardis have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sardis
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sardis<3>
    • Crenshaw [Panola County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crenshaw
      • Crenshaw [Panola County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 845 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crenshaw have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crenshaw
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Crenshaw<3>
    • Batesville [Panola County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Batesville
      • Batesville [Panola County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the south of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,218 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Batesville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Batesville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Batesville<3>
  • Quitman County
    • Sledge [Quitman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sledge
      • Sledge [Quitman County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 476 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sledge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sledge
    • Falcon [Quitman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Falcon
      • Falcon [Quitman County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 143 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Falcon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falcon
  • Tate County
    • Antioch [Tate County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Antioch
      • Antioch [Tate County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Bright
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Antioch
    • Coldwater [Tate County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coldwater
      • Coldwater [Tate County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,533 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coldwater have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coldwater
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Coldwater<3>
    • New Town [Tate County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Town
      • New Town [Tate County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Town
    • Senatobia [Tate County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Senatobia
      • Senatobia [Tate County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,610 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Senatobia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Senatobia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Senatobia<3>
    • Aiken [Tate County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aiken
      • Aiken [Tate County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of Bright
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aiken
  • Tunica County
    • North Tunica [Tunica County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Tunica
      • North Tunica [Tunica County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Tunica have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Tunica
    • Tunica [Tunica County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tunica
      • Tunica [Tunica County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 864 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tunica have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tunica
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tunica<3>
    • Mhoon Landing [Tunica County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mhoon Landing
      • Mhoon Landing [Tunica County] was located 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the west of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mhoon Landing have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Crittenden County (AR)
    • Horseshoe Lake [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horseshoe Lake
      • Horseshoe Lake [Crittenden County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the west of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 272 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Horseshoe Lake
    • Amanca [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amanca
      • Amanca [Crittenden County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amanca
    • Mound City [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mound City
      • Mound City [Crittenden County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mound City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mound City
    • West Memphis [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Memphis
      • West Memphis [Crittenden County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 24,402 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Memphis have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Memphis
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for West Memphis<3>
    • Anthonyville [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anthonyville
      • Anthonyville [Crittenden County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 147 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Anthonyville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Anthonyville
    • Edmondson [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edmondson
      • Edmondson [Crittenden County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 391 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edmondson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edmondson
    • Marion [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marion
      • Marion [Crittenden County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 12,310 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marion
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marion<3>
    • Proctor [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Proctor
      • Proctor [Crittenden County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Proctor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Proctor
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Proctor<3>
    • Sunset [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunset
      • Sunset [Crittenden County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 190 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunset have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunset
    • Crawfordsville [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crawfordsville
      • Crawfordsville [Crittenden County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 456 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crawfordsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Crawfordsville<3>
    • Jericho [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jericho
      • Jericho [Crittenden County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 104 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jericho have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jericho
    • Clarkedale [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarkedale
      • Clarkedale [Crittenden County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 360 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clarkedale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarkedale
  • Saint Francis County (AR)
    • Hughes [Saint Francis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hughes
      • Hughes [Saint Francis County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the west of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,216 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hughes
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hughes<3>
    • Heth [Saint Francis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Heth
      • Heth [Saint Francis County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Heth have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Heth<3>
  • Fayette County (TN)
    • Piperton [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piperton
      • Piperton [Fayette County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,986 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Piperton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piperton
    • Rossville [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rossville
      • Rossville [Fayette County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 962 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rossville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rossville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rossville<3>
    • New Bethel [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Bethel
      • New Bethel [Fayette County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2014: 3,324 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Bethel have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Bethel
    • Moscow [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moscow
      • Moscow [Fayette County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 557 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moscow have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moscow
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moscow<3>
    • Oakland [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakland
      • Oakland [Fayette County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 8,345 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakland
    • Gallaway [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gallaway
      • Gallaway [Fayette County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 647 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gallaway have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gallaway
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gallaway<3>
    • Williston [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Williston
      • Williston [Fayette County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 377 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Williston have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Williston
    • La Grange [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Grange
      • La Grange [Fayette County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the east of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 132 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Grange
    • Feathers Chapel [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Feathers Chapel
      • Feathers Chapel [Fayette County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2014: 7,102 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Feathers Chapel have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Feathers Chapel
  • Shelby County (TN)
    • Parkway Village [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parkway Village
      • Parkway Village [Shelby County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the north of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Parkway Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parkway Village
    • Germantown [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Germantown
      • Germantown [Shelby County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the north of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 39,225 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Germantown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Germantown<3>
    • The Village [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for The Village
      • The Village [Shelby County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the north of Bright
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for The Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on The Village
    • Collierville [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Collierville
      • Collierville [Shelby County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 51,040 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Collierville<3>
    • Binghampton [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Binghampton
      • Binghampton [Shelby County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of Bright
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    • Hunt Village [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hunt Village
      • Hunt Village [Shelby County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2014: 1,234 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hunt Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hunt Village
    • Memphis [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Memphis
      • Memphis [Shelby County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 651,073 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Memphis<3>
    • Bartlett [Shelby County]
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      • Bartlett [Shelby County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 59,440 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bartlett have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bartlett<3>
    • Spring Lake [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spring Lake
      • Spring Lake [Shelby County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2014: 34,269 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spring Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Woodstock [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodstock
      • Woodstock [Shelby County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Bright
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    • Lakeland [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakeland
      • Lakeland [Shelby County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 12,642 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lakeland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lakeland<3>
    • Arlington [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arlington
      • Arlington [Shelby County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 11,743 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arlington have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arlington<3>
  • Tipton County (TN)
    • Atoka [Tipton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Atoka
      • Atoka [Tipton County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the north of Bright
      • Estimated population in 2019: 9,517 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Atoka have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Atoka
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Atoka<3>

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

Newspapers Published in Bright ...

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 206 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bright.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bright, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bright.

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 websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Bright:

  • 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.
    • Stories from Arkansas
    • Stories from Mississippi
    • Stories from Tennessee

Cemeteries Near Bright ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bright.

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

  • Enon Springs Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Enon Springs Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Enon Springs Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Bakers Chapel Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bakers Chapel Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bakers Chapel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bakers Chapel Cemetery
  • New Bethany Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the New Bethany Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the New Bethany Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • New Bethany Cemetery
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    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the New Bethany Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Knights Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Knights Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Knights Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Mt. Olive Cemetery
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    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Olive Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Olive Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Center Point Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Center Point Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Center Point Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Grays Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
    • Jaybird Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Jaybird Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Jaybird Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Bethlehem Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bethlehem Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Shiloh Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Shiloh Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Shiloh Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Spring Hill Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Spring Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Farley Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Farley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Perry Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Perry Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Perry Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Wiggins Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Wiggins Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wiggins Cemetery

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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Bright had a post office and no railroad service.

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

  • Bright [DeSoto County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bright
    • Bright [DeSoto County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Bright
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Bright had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bright have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bright
  • Hernando [DeSoto County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hernando
    • Hernando [DeSoto County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Bright
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 602 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 16,399 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Hernando had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hernando have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hernando
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hernando<3>
  • Lewisburg [DeSoto County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lewisburg
    • Lewisburg [DeSoto County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Bright
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 72 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lewisburg had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lewisburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lewisburg
  • Nesbit [DeSoto County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nesbit
    • Nesbit [DeSoto County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 152 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Nesbit had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nesbit have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nesbit
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nesbit<3>
  • Cockrum [DeSoto County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cockrum
    • Cockrum [DeSoto County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Bright
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 93 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Cockrum had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cockrum have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cockrum
  • Cedarview [DeSoto County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedarview
    • Cedarview [DeSoto County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 53 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Cedarview had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedarview have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Continue List ...
    • Ingrams Mill [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ingrams Mill
      • Ingrams Mill [DeSoto County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Bright
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 67 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Ingrams Mill had no post office or railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ingrams Mill
    • Olive Branch [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olive Branch
      • Olive Branch [DeSoto County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 199 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 38,924 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Olive Branch had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olive Branch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olive Branch
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Olive Branch<3>
    • Plum Point [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plum Point
      • Plum Point [DeSoto County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Bright
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 23 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Plum Point had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plum Point have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plum Point
    • Miller [DeSoto County]
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      • Miller [DeSoto County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Bright
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 50 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Miller had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Miller have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Miller
    • Days [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Days
      • Days [DeSoto County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Days had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Days have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Days
    • Pleasant Hill [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant Hill
      • Pleasant Hill [DeSoto County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Bright
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 173 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Pleasant Hill had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Hill
    • Horn Lake [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horn Lake
      • Horn Lake [DeSoto County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Bright
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 99 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 27,272 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Horn Lake had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Horn Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Horn Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Horn Lake<3>
    • Coldwater [Tate County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coldwater
      • Coldwater [Tate County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Bright
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 518 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,533 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Coldwater had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coldwater have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Coldwater<3>
    • Bowman [Tate County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bowman
      • Bowman [Tate County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Bright
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Bowman had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bowman have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bowman

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Bright. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bright.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bright ...

While our initial data about Bright came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Bright 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 Bright.

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

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)

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

Note for Bright:
Services available at that time (1895): no Railroad mentioned

Rand McNally Map of Mississippi (1911)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

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About DeSoto County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeSoto County: www.desotoms.com/

The official website for State of Mississippi: https://www.ms.gov/

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- Bright) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bright. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8470, Longitude: -89.9204       In this case, the coordinates for Bright have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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 Bright, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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