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Our Genealogical Helper for Backems Crossroads ...

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 Backems Crossroads (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 Backems Crossroads. 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.

Name Variations for Backems Crossroads ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Backems Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Backems Crossroads: Backems Xrds.
  • While the name of this community is Backems Crossroads, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Backems Crossroads may originally have been Backem's Crossroads.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Backems Crossroads might be written as Backem Crossroads.

Newspapers Published in Backems Crossroads ...

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 64 newspapers that have been published in the area around Backems Crossroads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Backems Crossroads, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Backems Crossroads.

Cemeteries Near Backems Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Backems Crossroads.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE New Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Daleville Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Whaley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bay Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pinckard Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Newton City Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Purvis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Clark Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wright Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Woodham Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  W County Line Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Bellwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hartford City Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Newman Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Lee Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Dean Church 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 Backems Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Backems Crossroads.

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

Daleville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Backems Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 76 people (with 5,141 people in 2015)
 - Daleville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clayhatchee   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Backems Crossroads
 - Clayhatchee had a post office and no railroad service
 
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Backems Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 1,472 people in 2015)
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
 
High Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Backems Crossroads
 - High Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
 
Dundee   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Backems Crossroads
 - Dundee had a post office and no railroad service
 
Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Backems Crossroads
 - Midland City had a post office and railroad service
 
Level Plains   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Backems Crossroads
 - Level Plains had a post office and no railroad service
 
Tidwell   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Backems Crossroads
 - Tidwell 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 Backems Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Backems Crossroads 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors 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.

Backems Crossroads is located in Houston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Houston County: Dale, Geneva, Henry, Jackson (FL), Early (GA) & Seminole (GA).

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

  DirectionDistance
Houston     (The home county for Backems Crossroads)
      Parker Village   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Parish   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Avon   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
 
Barbour
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Coffee
      Enterprise   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elba   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Covington
      County Line   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Opp   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Dale
      Daleville   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Newton   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Geneva
      Slocomb   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Black   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Samson   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Henry
      Headland   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Newville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Pike
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ponce de Leon (FL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alford (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 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 Backems Crossroads:

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 Houston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

The official website for Houston County: www.houstoncounty.org/

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







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Backems Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2418, Longitude: -85.6305     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Backems Crossroads 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 Backems Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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