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Our Genealogical Helper for Alberta ...

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 Alberta (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 Alberta. 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 Alberta ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alberta.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Alberta, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Alberta.

Cemeteries Near Alberta ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alberta.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Wilsor Cemetery [Map]      
  S Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Welcome Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Gastonburg Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gross Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Shell Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Young Cemetery [Map]      
  N Christian Light Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Rehoboth Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hennon Cemetery [Map]      
  E Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hardy Young Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  W Boiling Spring Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Marsh Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Marsh Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bennett Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cobbs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  W Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NW New Bethel Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Bennett Cemetery [Map]      
  S Prairie Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Athens Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sidney Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Martins Station Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE McMillan Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE St. John Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Glovers Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Living Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Becks Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Young Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Young Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Orrville Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE St. Chapter Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Friendship 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 Alberta in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Alberta.

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

Gastonburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Alberta
 - Gastonburg had a post office and no railroad service
Rehoboth   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Alberta
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Rehoboth had a post office and no railroad service
Catherine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Alberta
 - Catherine had a post office and railroad service
Central Mills   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Alberta
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Central Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Safford   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Alberta
 - Safford had a post office and railroad service
Prairie Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Alberta
 - 1895 population of 156 people
 - Prairie Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Bethel   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Alberta
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bethel had a post office and no railroad service
Boiling Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Alberta
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Boiling Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Millers Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Alberta
 - Millers Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Crumptonia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Alberta
 - Crumptonia had a post office and no railroad service
McKinley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Alberta
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - McKinley 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 Alberta. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Alberta 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 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.

Alberta is located in Wilcox County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wilcox County: Butler, Clarke, Dallas, Lowndes, Marengo & Monroe.

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

Wilcox     (The home county for Alberta)
      Catherine   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coy   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jones   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Safford   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Browns   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Minter   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Benton   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Linden   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Providence   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Alberta:

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 Wilcox County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke 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    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Wilcox County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Wilcox 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Wilcox County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alberta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2321, Longitude: -87.4100     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alberta 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 Alberta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Alberta.


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