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Finchburg, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Finchburg ...

So far, we have found very little information about Finchburg. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Finchburg to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Finchburg, please Contact Us.

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 Finchburg (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 Finchburg. 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 Finchburg ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Finchburg.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Finchburg, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Finchburg.

Cemeteries Near Finchburg ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Finchburg.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Forehand Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Bryant Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Claiborne Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Carry Mt. Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bryant - Deer Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Wright Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Springhill Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE St. Peter Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Powell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Amity Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hearin Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S McConnico Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NE York Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Gates Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Indian Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Kennedy Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Ridge 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.

Finchburg itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Gosport   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Finchburg
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Gosport had a post office and no railroad service
Claiborne   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Finchburg
 - 1895 population of 112 people
 - Claiborne had a post office and no railroad service
Perdue Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Finchburg
 - 1895 population of 282 people
 - Perdue Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Vashti   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Finchburg
 - Vashti had a post office and no railroad service
Suggsville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Finchburg
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Suggsville had a post office and no railroad service
Axle   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Finchburg
 - Axle had a post office and no railroad service
Whatley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Finchburg
 - Whatley had a post office and railroad service
River Ridge - Historic   [Map]
 - While River Ridge was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Finchburg
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - River Ridge 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 Finchburg. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Finchburg 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Finchburg is historic, it would have been located within present day Monroe County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monroe County: Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia & Wilcox.

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

Monroe     (The home county for Finchburg)
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Excel   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Little River   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alma   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Repton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Range   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coy   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 Finchburg:

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 Monroe 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    
Clarke 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    
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 Monroe County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Monroe 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 Finchburg ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Monroe County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Finchburg, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Finchburg. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Finchburg) 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 Finchburg. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Finchburg

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Finchburg. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6427, Longitude: -87.5108     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Finchburg have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Finchburg.


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