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Ethelsville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ethelsville ...

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 Ethelsville (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 Ethelsville. 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 Ethelsville ...

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 Ethelsville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ethelsville, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ethelsville.

Cemeteries Near Ethelsville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ethelsville.

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

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

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

Stafford   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ethelsville
 - Stafford had a post office and no railroad service
Coal Fire   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Ethelsville
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Coal Fire had a post office and no railroad service
New Hope (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ethelsville
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Reform   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ethelsville
 - 1895 population of 28 people (with 1,632 people in 2015)
 - Reform had a post office and no railroad service
Steens (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ethelsville
 - Steens had railroad service and no post office
Millport   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ethelsville
 - 1895 population of 244 people (with 998 people in 2015)
 - Millport had a post office and railroad service
Fernbank   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ethelsville
 - Fernbank had a post office and railroad service
Bigbee Valley (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ethelsville
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Bigbee Valley 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 Ethelsville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ethelsville 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 north 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.

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

Pickens     (The home county for Ethelsville)
      Macedonia   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Stafford   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      McShan   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Reform   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 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   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Panola   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Echola   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coker   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Oktibbeha (MS)
      Clayton Village (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Starkville (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 Ethelsville:

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 Pickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar 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    
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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ethelsville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4141, Longitude: -88.2161     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ethelsville 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 Ethelsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ethelsville.


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