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Brown Estates, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Brown Estates ...

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 Brown Estates (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 Brown Estates. 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 Brown Estates ...

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 Brown Estates.

  • Typical abbreviation for Brown Estates: Brown Ests.

Newspapers Published in Brown Estates ...

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 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brown Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brown Estates, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brown Estates.

Cemeteries Near Brown Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brown Estates.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Dothan City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hurts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Selma Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Cowarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gates of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Little Vine Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Memphis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cowarts Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Crestlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Bluff Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gardens of Memory Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lassiter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Ashford City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Poplar Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bay Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N West Side Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cedar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Pleasant Plains Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE East Side 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.<3>

While we didn't find Brown Estates in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Brown Estates.

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

Tidwell   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Brown Estates
 - Tidwell had a post office and no railroad service
Keyton's   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Brown Estates
 - Keyton's had railroad service and no post office
Ashford   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Brown Estates
 - Ashford had a post office and railroad service
Barber   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Brown Estates
 - Barber had a post office and no railroad service
Headland   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Brown Estates
 - 1895 population of 417 people (with 4,736 people in 2015)
 - Headland had a post office and no railroad service
Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Brown Estates
 - Midland City had a post office and railroad service
Big Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brown Estates
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Big Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Fadette   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Brown Estates
 - Fadette 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 Brown Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brown Estates 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 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 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.

Brown Estates 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 Brown Estates. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Brown Estates:

Houston     (The home county for Brown Estates)
      Parish   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Dothan   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Avon   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Webb   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Black   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Samson   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Headland   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Newville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Parramore (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alford (FL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cypress (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Miller (GA)
      Colquitt (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Iron City (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Brown Estates:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Miller County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brown Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2105, Longitude: -85.3797     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brown Estates have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Brown Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Brown Estates.


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