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Copeland, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Copeland ...

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 Copeland (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 Copeland. 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 Copeland ...

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 Copeland.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Copeland, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Copeland.

Cemeteries Near Copeland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Copeland.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  W Copeland Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Pine Tree Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE New Haven Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Flat Branch Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Chason Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  E Barlow Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Minerva Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Red Bank Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Laton Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lewis Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Winsletts Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Zion Rest Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NW Washam Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Sand Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Rocky Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Healing Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Smiths Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Millry Cemetery [Map]      
  N North Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW State Line Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Spring Bank Cemetery [Map]      
  E Yarbo Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Powe Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Yellow Pine Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gilley Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Reynolds Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Browns Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Aquilla Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wilkins Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Winchester Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Mills Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  


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 Copeland in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Copeland.

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

Healing Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Copeland
 - Healing Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Millry   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Copeland
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 524 people in 2015)
 - Millry had a post office and no railroad service
Denham (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Copeland
 - Denham had a post office and no railroad service
State Line (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Copeland
 - 1895 population of 275 people (with 556 people in 2015)
 - State Line had a post office and railroad service
Yellow Pine   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Copeland
 - Yellow Pine had a post office and railroad service
Koenton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Copeland
 - Koenton had a post office and no railroad service
Aquilla   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Copeland
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Aquilla had a post office and no railroad service
Winchester (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Copeland
 - 1895 population of 44 people
 - Winchester had a post office and railroad service
Kittrell (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Copeland
 - Kittrell 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 Copeland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Copeland 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.

Copeland is located in Washington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile, Greene (MS) & Wayne (MS).

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

Washington     (The home county for Copeland)
      Barlow   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Millry   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Yellow Pine   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fruitdale   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vinegar Bend   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Silas   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Needham   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Butler   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alma   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Citronelle   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gulfcrest   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Shubuta (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Greene (MS)
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Carson City (MS)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Leakesville (MS)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McLain (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jasper (MS)
      Stafford Springs (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vossburg (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Heidelberg (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jones (MS)
      Sandersville (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Perry (MS)
      Richton (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaumont (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clara (MS)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]

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

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 - 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 Copeland:

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mobile 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    
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 Washington County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Washington 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Copeland. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Copeland) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Copeland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5602, Longitude: -88.4192     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Copeland 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 Copeland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Copeland.


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