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Drakes Landing Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Drakes Landing Ferry ...

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 Drakes Landing Ferry (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 Drakes Landing Ferry. 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.

Name Variations for Drakes Landing Ferry ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Drakes Landing Ferry.

  • Typical abbreviation for Drakes Landing Ferry: Drakes Lndg. Ferry (or less commonly used: Drakes Lndng. Ferry)
  • While the name of this community is Drakes Landing Ferry, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Drakes Landing Ferry may originally have been Drake's Landing Ferry.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Drakes Landing Ferry might be written as Drake Landing Ferry.

Newspapers Published in Drakes Landing Ferry ...

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 79 newspapers that have been published in the area around Drakes Landing Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Drakes Landing Ferry, 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 Drakes Landing Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Drakes Landing Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Drakes Landing Ferry.

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 Drakes Landing Ferry covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pickens Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Washington Cemetery [Map]      
  E Eaton Cemetery [Map]      
  E Micken Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Jerusalem Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Casemore Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW New Green Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  S Evening Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pickens Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Arington Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Evening Star Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Longer Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Old Green Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Willis - Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  N Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Creehill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Birdine Cemetery [Map]      
  W Logan Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE St. Andrews Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE St. Pauls Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ramey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Long Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S John the Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Crooks Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  N Evans Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Riverside Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Memorial Garden [Map]      
  NNW Erie Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Allenville Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Alex Chapel Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW St. John Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Brasfield Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Alexander Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Greenleaf Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McCoy Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jenkins Place Cemetery [Map]      
  N Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Blocker Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hard Bargain Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bird Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Hunter Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE May Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Boston Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hatche Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Martian Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Curry Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  N Jackson Chapel 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 Drakes Landing Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Drakes Landing Ferry.

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

Arcola   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Drakes Landing Ferry
 - Arcola had a post office and no railroad service
Cedarville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Drakes Landing Ferry
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Cedarville had a post office and no railroad service
Gallion   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Drakes Landing Ferry
 - Gallion had a post office and railroad service
Forkland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Drakes Landing Ferry
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 601 people in 2015)
 - Forkland had a post office and no railroad service
Demopolis   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Drakes Landing Ferry
 - 1895 population of 1,898 people (with 7,148 people in 2015)
 - Demopolis had a post office and railroad service
Whitsitt   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Drakes Landing Ferry
 - Whitsitt had a post office and no railroad service
Laneville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Drakes Landing Ferry
 - Laneville had a post office and no railroad service
Sawyerville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Drakes Landing Ferry
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Sawyerville had a post office and railroad service
Belmont   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Drakes Landing Ferry
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Belmont 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 Drakes Landing Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Drakes Landing Ferry 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.

Drakes Landing Ferry is located in Hale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hale County: Bibb, Greene, Marengo, Perry & Tuscaloosa.

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

Hale     (The home county for Drakes Landing Ferry)
      Arcola   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Akron   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brent   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Browns   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Safford   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Providence   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Linden   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      The Village   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Marion   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Epes   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      York   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ward   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Drakes Landing Ferry:

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 Hale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry 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    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Hale County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Hale 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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Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Hale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Drakes Landing Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6010, Longitude: -87.7431     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Drakes Landing Ferry 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 Drakes Landing Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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