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Contwell, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Contwell ...

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 Contwell (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 Contwell. 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 Contwell ...

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 Contwell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Contwell, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Contwell.

Cemeteries Near Contwell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Contwell.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Aquilla Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wilkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Aquilla Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Sand Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SE North Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Loften Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Winsletts Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Big Rock Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Philadelphus Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Zion Rest Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSE Minerva Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Singley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Springbank Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Lewis Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Flat Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Healing Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  E Reeds Cemetery [Map]      
  E White Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cullomburg Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Salem Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NNW Old Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Old Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Salem Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Washam Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pine Tree Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Millry Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Smiths Cemetery [Map]      
  E Floyd Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Seventh-day Adventist Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Eudora Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Coopers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Copeland Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Browns Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Chalk Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Smiths 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 Contwell in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Contwell.

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

Isney   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Contwell
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Isney had a post office and no railroad service
Denham (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Contwell
 - Denham had a post office and no railroad service
Emory   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Contwell
 - Emory had a post office and no railroad service
Healing Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Contwell
 - Healing Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Silas   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Contwell
 - Silas had a post office and no railroad service
Tokio (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Contwell
 - Tokio had a post office and no railroad service
Millry   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Contwell
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 524 people in 2015)
 - Millry had a post office and no railroad service
Rescueville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Contwell
 - Rescueville 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 Contwell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Contwell 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.

Contwell is located in Choctaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Choctaw County: Clarke, Marengo, Sumter, Washington, Clarke (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Wayne (MS).

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

Choctaw     (The home county for Contwell)
      Aquilla   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Cullomburg   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Silas   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Needham   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Butler   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Millry   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Yellow Pine   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fruitdale   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Shubuta (MS)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pachuta (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stonewall (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Enterprise (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Greene (MS)
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Carson City (MS)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leakesville (MS)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Jasper (MS)
      Stafford Springs (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vossburg (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heidelberg (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kelona (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orange (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jones (MS)
      Sandersville (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Perry (MS)
      Richton (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clara (MS)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 - you should note that 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 Contwell:

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 Choctaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jasper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jones County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Choctaw County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Choctaw 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 Contwell. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Contwell. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Contwell) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Contwell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7082, Longitude: -88.4286     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Contwell 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 Contwell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Contwell.


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