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Banks, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Banks ...

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 Banks (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 Banks. 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 Banks ...

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 9 newspapers that have been published in the area around Banks.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Banks, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Banks.

Cemeteries Near Banks ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Banks.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Banks Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Alexander Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hussey Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Cotton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Brooks Graves [Map]      
  W Benson Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Paran Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Dothan Cemetery [Map]      
  N Catalpa Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Livingston Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Driggers Cemetery [Map]      
  S St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  S Lakeview Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Griffin Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Kendrick Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Starling Cemetery [Map]      
  S County Line Cemetery [Map]      
  S Brundidge City Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Fleming Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sandfield Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Carroll Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Enon Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Old Ramah Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ramah Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Williams & Andrew Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Copeland Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mossy Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Richland Cemetery [Map]      
  W Carroll Street Cemetery [Map]      
  W Murphree Cemetery [Map]      
  W Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mullins Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Rhodes Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Ballard Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Kelley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pea River Cemetery [Map]      
  E Conner Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Tick Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Harmon Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Simmons Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Flowers Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hinson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Greene Hills Memorial 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Banks had a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Banks had a population of 174 people.

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

Pronto   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Banks
 - Pronto had a post office and no railroad service
Buckhorn   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Banks
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Buckhorn had a post office and no railroad service
Catalpa   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Banks
 - Catalpa had a post office and no railroad service
Brundidge   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Banks
 - 1895 population of 421 people (with 1,989 people in 2015)
 - Brundidge had a post office and railroad service
Linwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Banks
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Linwood had a post office and railroad service
Josie   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Banks
 - Josie had a post office and no railroad service
Troy   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Banks
 - 1895 population of 3,449 people (with 18,853 people in 2015)
 - Troy had a post office and railroad service
Omega   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Banks
 - Omega 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 Banks. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Banks 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Banks is located in Pike County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pike County: Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale & Montgomery.

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

Pike     (The home county for Banks)
      Brundidge   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Troy   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Orion   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clio   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Comer   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Perote   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Midway   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elba   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Central City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grady   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ada   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Banks:

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 Pike County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Banks ...

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

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

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Banks:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Banks in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Banks for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Banks.
      See our Misc Page for Banks for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Pike County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Banks. 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' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Banks. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Banks) 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 Banks. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Banks

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Banks. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8134, Longitude: -85.8366     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Banks 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 Banks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Banks.


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