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Delma, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Delma ...

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 Delma (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 Delma. 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 Delma ...

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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Delma.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Delma, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Delma.

Cemeteries Near Delma ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Delma.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  E Gore Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Zion Possum Bend Cemetery [Map]      
  E Phoenix Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mineral Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ethelsville Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Strawbridge Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old El Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Beard Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  N Brown Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Martin Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Crossroads Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Funderburk Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Carden Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Baptist Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Brookshire Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hebron Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  E Coal Fire Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Arnold Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Forest Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Providence Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Spring Hill Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Baird Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Rocky Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Union Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Parks Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Big Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cockrell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Arbor Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Andrews Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Andrews Chapel Church Yard Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Ross Cemetery [Map]      
  S Brooks Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Community Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Carrollton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Tabernacle Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethlehem Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Phoenix Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Chandler Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW New Cumberland Cemetery [Map]      
  S Spiller Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Macedonia 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 Delma in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Delma.

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

Coal Fire   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Delma
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Coal Fire had a post office and no railroad service
Stafford   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Delma
 - Stafford had a post office and no railroad service
Reform   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Delma
 - 1895 population of 28 people (with 1,632 people in 2015)
 - Reform had a post office and no railroad service
New Hope (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Delma
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Bigbee Valley (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Delma
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Bigbee Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Bell   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Delma
 - Bell had a post office and no railroad service
Palmetto   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Delma
 - Palmetto had a post office and no railroad service
Millport   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Delma
 - 1895 population of 244 people (with 998 people in 2015)
 - Millport had a post office and railroad service
Fernbank   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Delma
 - Fernbank had a post office and railroad service
Dillburg   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Delma
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Dillburg 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 Delma. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Delma 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 hospitals and 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.

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

Pickens     (The home county for Delma)
      McShan   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Reform   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Panola   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Echola   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coker   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Oktibbeha (MS)
      Clayton Village (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Starkville (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 it should be mentioned 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 Delma:

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 Pickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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 ...

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Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Pickens County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Delma. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3862, Longitude: -88.1845     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Delma 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 Delma, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Delma.


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