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Forest Home, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Forest Home ...

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 Forest Home (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 Forest Home. 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 Forest Home ...

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 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Forest Home.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Forest Home, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Forest Home.

Cemeteries Near Forest Home ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Forest Home.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Forest Home Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Watts Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Pine Flat Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Monterey Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Butler Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hickory Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bragg Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Crenshaw Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Crenshaws Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ridgeville Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Shacklesville Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Manningham Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Pleasant Home Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  E William Seale Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Snow Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Solomon Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  E Giddens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pine Top Cemetery [Map]      
  N Crum Cemetery [Map]      
  W Beard Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Jenkins Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Antioch West Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Reddoch Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hopewell 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 Forest Home had a population of 45 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Herbert   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Forest Home
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Herbert had a post office and no railroad service
Harmony   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Forest Home
 - Harmony had a post office and no railroad service
Monterey   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Forest Home
 - 1895 population of 280 people
 - Monterey had a post office and no railroad service
Butler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Forest Home
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Butler Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Shacklesville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Forest Home
 - Shacklesville had a post office and no railroad service
Manningham   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Forest Home
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Manningham had a post office and no railroad service
Awin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Forest Home
 - Awin had a post office and no railroad service
Pine Apple   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Forest Home
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 126 people in 2015)
 - Pine Apple had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Forest Home. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Forest Home 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.

Forest Home is located in Butler County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Butler County: Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Lowndes, Monroe & Wilcox.

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

Butler     (The home county for Forest Home)
      Greenville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Repton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Minter   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Selma   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Benton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ada   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grady   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kent   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Awin   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Furman   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coy   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Forest Home:

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 Butler County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike 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 Butler County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Butler 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Forest Home ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Butler County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Forest Home. 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 that begins in Forest Home. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Forest Home) 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 Forest Home. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Forest Home

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Forest Home. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8624, Longitude: -86.8428     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Forest Home 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 Forest Home, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Forest Home.


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