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Our Genealogical Helper for Akron ...

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 Akron (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 Akron. 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 Akron ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Akron.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Akron, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Akron.

Cemeteries Near Akron ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Akron.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Akron New Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mileous Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Sample Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Five Mile Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Long Cemetery [Map]      
  E Springhill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Martin Mission Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Langham Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Knoxville Cemetery [Map]      
  E Havana Cemetery [Map]      
  E Star of Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Spencers Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mays Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Robertson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pruitt Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  E Whitsitt - Perry Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Tucker Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Barnes Rancher Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW McGiffert Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW New Christian Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Jackson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Rhone Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  E Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  NW St. Marys Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  W Greenon Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Mesopotamia Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Curry Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE New Haven Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Greenleaf Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Union Christian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Smiths Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  S Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Martian Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hatche Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Rhodes Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Woods Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Carthage Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Johnson Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bethlehem 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 Akron in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Akron.

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

Evansville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Akron
 - Evansville had railroad service and no post office
 
Havana   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Akron
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Havana had a post office and no railroad service
 
Powers   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Akron
 - Powers had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sawyerville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Akron
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Sawyerville had a post office and railroad service
 
Knoxville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Akron
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Knoxville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Eutaw   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Akron
 - 1895 population of 1,115 people (with 2,766 people in 2015)
 - Eutaw had a post office and railroad service
 
Union   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Akron
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 223 people in 2015)
 - Union had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sylvan   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Akron
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Sylvan 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 Akron. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Akron 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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

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

Akron is located in Hale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hale County: Bibb, Greene, Marengo, Perry & Tuscaloosa.

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

  DirectionDistance
Hale     (The home county for Akron)
      Oak Village   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Bibb
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brent   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      East Town   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Dallas
      Browns   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Greene
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Marengo
      Demopolis   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Providence   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Linden   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Perry
      Marion   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      The Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Pickens
      Aliceville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Sumter
      Gainesville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Epes   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Panola   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Ralph   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coker   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Northport   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although 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 Akron:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

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

These pages are specific to Hale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Hale County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Hale 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 Alabama
 
Also see ...
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Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Hale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Akron. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Akron) 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 Akron. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Akron

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Akron. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8785, Longitude: -87.7428     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Akron 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 Akron, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Akron.



 
 
 

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