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Our Genealogical Helper for Centerville ...

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 Centerville (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 Centerville. 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 Centerville ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Centerville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Centerville, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Centerville.

Cemeteries Near Centerville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Centerville.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Rabb Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Spence Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Herbert Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Greater Nazarene Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  N Brown Beasley Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  S Davison Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Horton Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Jones Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Sparta Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sparta Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Johnston Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Olive Branch Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Second Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Albrest Cemetery [Map]      
  S Johnston Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Walker Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Holly Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hamden Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Long Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ivey Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Riley 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 Centerville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Centerville.

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

Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]
 - While Jay Villa was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Centerville
 - Jay Villa had a post office and no railroad service
 
Evergreen   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Centerville
 - 1895 population of 1,783 people (with 3,774 people in 2015)
 - Evergreen had a post office and railroad service
 
Sparta - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sparta was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Centerville
 - Sparta had railroad service and no post office
 
Mount Union   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Centerville
 - Mount Union had a post office and no railroad service
 
Wilcox   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Centerville
 - Wilcox had railroad service and no post office
 
Cohassett   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Centerville
 - Cohassett had a post office and no railroad service
 
Castleberry   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Centerville
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 565 people in 2015)
 - Castleberry had a post office and railroad service
 
Brooklyn   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Centerville
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Brooklyn had a post office and no railroad service
 
Garland   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Centerville
 - 1895 population of 213 people
 - Garland had a post office and railroad service
 
Bowles   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Centerville
 - Bowles 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 Centerville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Centerville 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Centerville is located in Conecuh County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Conecuh County: Butler, Covington, Escambia & Monroe.

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

  DirectionDistance
Conecuh     (The home county for Centerville)
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Range   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Repton   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Butler
      McKenzie   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Covington
      Red Level   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Heath   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wing   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Crenshaw
      Dozier   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Escambia
      Brewton   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      East Brewton   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Riverview   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pollard   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flomaton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Monroe
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Excel   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Wilcox
      Awin   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Escambia (FL)
      Century (FL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Okaloosa (FL)
      Otahite (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cannon Town (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Belandville (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jay (FL)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Centerville:

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 Conecuh County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Conecuh County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Conecuh 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 Centerville. 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 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Centerville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Centerville) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Centerville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Centerville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Centerville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4002, Longitude: -86.8789     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Centerville 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 Centerville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Centerville.



 
 
 

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