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Our Genealogical Helper for Forest ...

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 (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. 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 ...

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 76 newspapers that have been published in the area around Forest.

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

Cemeteries Near Forest ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Forest.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Union Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Tabernacle Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SE Forest Church Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Providence Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Andrews Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Andrews Chapel Church Yard Cemetery [Map]      
  N Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Greenlawn Memorial Park [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Parks Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Baptist Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Strawbridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ethelsville Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Brown Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Stallin Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSE Martin Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old El Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sandfield Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNE Old Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Woodlawn Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Brookshire Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gore Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mineral Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  E Rocky Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Phoenix Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Beard Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Military Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  ESE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Eatman Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Asbury Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Asbury Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rowan Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W St. Matthews Cemetery [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 Forest in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Forest.

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

New Hope (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Forest
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
 
Stafford   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Forest
 - Stafford had a post office and no railroad service
 
Steens (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Forest
 - Steens had railroad service and no post office
 
Columbus (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Forest
 - 1895 population of 14,703 people (with 23,168 people in 2015)
 - Columbus had a post office and railroad service
 
Fernbank   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Forest
 - Fernbank had a post office and railroad service
 
Coal Fire   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Forest
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Coal Fire had a post office and no railroad service
 
Millport   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Forest
 - 1895 population of 244 people (with 998 people in 2015)
 - Millport had a post office and railroad service
 
Caledonia (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Forest
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,017 people in 2015)
 - Caledonia 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 Forest. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Forest 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 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.

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

  DirectionDistance
Pickens     (The home county for Forest)
      Stafford   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      McShan   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Reform   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Fayette
      Belk   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Greene
      West Greene   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lamar
      Millport   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Marion
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Sumter
      Panola   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Echola   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Chickasaw (MS)
      Egypt (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Bluff (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
 
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Amory (MS)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cotton Gin Port (MS) - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wren (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithville (MS)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Noxubee (MS)
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Oktibbeha (MS)
      Clayton Village (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Starkville (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 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 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:

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    
Marion 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    
Chickasaw County (MS):       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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 Forest. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Forest. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4910, Longitude: -88.2759     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Forest 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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Forest.



 
 
 

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