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Dickinson, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Dickinson ...

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 Dickinson (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 Dickinson. 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 Dickinson ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Dickinson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Dickinson, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Dickinson.

Cemeteries Near Dickinson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Dickinson.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Midway Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Henley Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bassett Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Magnolia Lawns Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Spinks Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  E Salem Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Gates Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Tate Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Grove Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Wilson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Kelley Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Dacy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Tate Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  S Whatley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Indian Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Amity Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Smiths Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pugh Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wright Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Mathews Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kennedy Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Clarkville Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW St. Lukes Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW McFadden Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Hearin Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lower Peach Tree 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 in 1895, Dickinson had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Grove Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Dickinson
 - 1895 population of 225 people (with 1,494 people in 2015)
 - Grove Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Vashti   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Dickinson
 - Vashti had a post office and no railroad service
Rural   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Dickinson
 - Rural had a post office and railroad service
Whatley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Dickinson
 - Whatley had a post office and railroad service
Thomasville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Dickinson
 - 1895 population of 291 people (with 4,051 people in 2015)
 - Thomasville had a post office and railroad service
Lower Peach Tree   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Dickinson
 - 1895 population of 208 people
 - Lower Peach Tree had a post office and no railroad service
Culpeper   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Dickinson
 - Culpeper had a post office and no railroad service
Choctaw Corner   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Dickinson
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Choctaw Corner 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 Dickinson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Dickinson 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.

Dickinson is located in Clarke County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clarke County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Wilcox.

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

Clarke     (The home county for Dickinson)
      Fulton   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alma   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Little River   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Silas   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Butler   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Needham   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Repton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millry   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 Dickinson:

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Dickinson. 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' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Dickinson. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Dickinson) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Dickinson. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Dickinson

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dickinson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7635, Longitude: -87.7106     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Dickinson 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 Dickinson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Dickinson.


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