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Coal Fire, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Coal Fire ...

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 Coal Fire (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 Coal Fire. 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 Coal Fire ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Coal Fire.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Coal Fire, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Coal Fire.

Cemeteries Near Coal Fire ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Coal Fire.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Coal Fire Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Carden Cemetery [Map]      
  W Funderburk Cemetery [Map]      
  N Arnold Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Arbor Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Baird Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Beard Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Phoenix Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mineral Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Gore Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Zion Possum Bend Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Rocky Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hamilton Cemetery [Map]      
  N Phoenix Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethlehem Church Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Hebron Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S New Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Unity Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Brown Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Crossroads Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cockrell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Ethelsville Cemetery [Map]      
  W Strawbridge Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Glen Echo Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Browns Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Greenhill Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ESE Greenhill Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  E New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Unity Grove Lower Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Unity Grove Upper Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old El Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Martin Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  S Carrollton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Dorroh Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Andrews Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Andrews Chapel Church Yard Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Forest Church Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Oddfellows Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Big Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Windle Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Arbor Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sand Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hargrove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  E Doublebranches Cemetery [Map]      
  N Payne Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Union Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Baptist Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Eatman 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 Coal Fire had a population of 50 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Reform   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Coal Fire
 - 1895 population of 28 people (with 1,632 people in 2015)
 - Reform had a post office and no railroad service
Bell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Coal Fire
 - Bell had a post office and no railroad service
Palmetto   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Coal Fire
 - Palmetto had a post office and no railroad service
Stafford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Coal Fire
 - Stafford had a post office and no railroad service
Millport   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Coal Fire
 - 1895 population of 244 people (with 998 people in 2015)
 - Millport had a post office and railroad service
Gordo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Coal Fire
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,687 people in 2015)
 - Gordo had a post office and no railroad service
Fernbank   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Coal Fire
 - Fernbank had a post office and railroad service
Lubbub   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Coal Fire
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Lubbub had a post office and no railroad service
Kennedy   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Coal Fire
 - 1895 population of 312 people (with 428 people in 2015)
 - Kennedy had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Coal Fire. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Coal Fire 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.

Coal Fire is located in Pickens County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pickens County: Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Pickens     (The home county for Coal Fire)
      McShan   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Reform   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Millport   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Guin   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Panola   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Echola   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Oktibbeha (MS)
      Clayton Village (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Coal Fire:

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 Pickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Fayette 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    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Oktibbeha County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Coal Fire:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Coal Fire.
      See our Misc Page for Coal Fire for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Coal Fire. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4040, Longitude: -88.0847     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Coal Fire 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 Coal Fire, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Coal Fire.


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