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Finches Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Finches 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 Finches 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 Finches 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.

Newspapers Published in Finches 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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Finches Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Finches Ferry, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Finches Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Finches Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Finches 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 Finches Ferry covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW New Christian Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Mesopotamia Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sample Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Greenon Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Barnes Rancher Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW McGiffert Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Akron New Cemetery [Map]      
  N St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Smiths Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Zion Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Walton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jackson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N New Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Kirksey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mays Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Langham Cemetery [Map]      
  E Five Mile Cemetery [Map]      
  N Spencers Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hick Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  N Salem Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Wills Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Erie Cemetery [Map]      
  N St. Marys Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Christian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Robertson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  E Long Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Springhill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mileous Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Knoxville Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pippen Place Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Johnson Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Rhone Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  E Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Martin Mission Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pyle Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Roden Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hogley Wood Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pippen Lawn Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zoar Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW St. Matthew Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Evans Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Curry Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Spencer Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ebenezer 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 Finches Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Finches Ferry.

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

Eutaw   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Finches Ferry
 - 1895 population of 1,115 people (with 2,766 people in 2015)
 - Eutaw had a post office and railroad service
Evansville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Finches Ferry
 - Evansville had railroad service and no post office
Sawyerville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Finches Ferry
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Sawyerville had a post office and railroad service
Knoxville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Finches Ferry
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Knoxville had a post office and no railroad service
Clinton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Finches Ferry
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Clinton had a post office and no railroad service
Union   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Finches Ferry
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 223 people in 2015)
 - Union had a post office and no railroad service
Boligee   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Finches Ferry
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 309 people in 2015)
 - Boligee had a post office and railroad service
Havana   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Finches Ferry
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Havana had a post office and no railroad service
Forkland   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Finches Ferry
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 601 people in 2015)
 - Forkland 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 Finches Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Finches 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 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.

Finches Ferry is located in Greene County.

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

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

Greene     (The home county for Finches Ferry)
      Eutaw   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Union   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brent   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Browns   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Akron   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Providence   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Linden   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      The Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reform   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Epes   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Panola   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      York   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coker   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Northport   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Holt   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Finches 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 Greene 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    
Hale 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    
Pickens 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    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Finches Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8426, Longitude: -87.8331     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Finches 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 Finches Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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