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Forkland, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Forkland ...

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 Forkland (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 Forkland. 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 the area of Forkland ...

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 73 newspapers that have been published in the area around Forkland.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Forkland. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Forkland and those printed in the larger area surrounding Forkland.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> of Forkland.

Cemeteries Near Forkland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Forkland.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W St. John Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Brasfield Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Blocker Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Hard Bargain Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Bird Cemetery [Map]      
  E Creehill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Logan Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Birdine Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Arington Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Evening Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW St. Matthew Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Pinetop Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Longer Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cooks Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Kirksey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Green Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wills Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE New Green Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Erie Cemetery [Map]      
  W Springhill Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Walton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pickens Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Little Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  W DeVelle Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bowers Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jerusalem Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Evans Cemetery [Map]      
  W Nott Cemetery [Map]      
  W Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W St. Matthew Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Phares Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Houpt Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Palestine Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Zion Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  S Riverside Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Washington Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pickens Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ramey Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Long Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jackson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dallas Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Davidson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Evening Star Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Eaton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Micken Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mays Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Zoar Cemetery [Map]      
  NW St. Luke Cemetery [Map]      
  N Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dallas 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 Forkland had a population of 176 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Forkland had a population of 601 people.

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

Belmont   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Forkland
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Belmont had a post office and no railroad service
Tishabee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Forkland
 - Tishabee had a post office and no railroad service
Arcola   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Forkland
 - Arcola had a post office and no railroad service
McDowell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Forkland
 - McDowell had a post office and railroad service
Demopolis   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Forkland
 - 1895 population of 1,898 people (with 7,148 people in 2015)
 - Demopolis had a post office and railroad service
Sawyerville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Forkland
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Sawyerville had a post office and railroad service
Cedarville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Forkland
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Cedarville had a post office and no railroad service
Boligee   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Forkland
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 309 people in 2015)
 - Boligee 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 Forkland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Forkland 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.

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

Greene     (The home county for Forkland)
      Boligee   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Browns   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Safford   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Akron   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Providence   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Linden   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      The Village   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marion   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Epes   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      York   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Panola   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ward   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 - 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 Forkland:

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:

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    
Wilcox 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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Forkland ...

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

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 Forkland:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Forkland in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Forkland for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Forkland.
      See our Misc Page for Forkland for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Greene County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Forkland. 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 'point-to-point' distance from Forkland. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Forkland) 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 Forkland. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Forkland

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Forkland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6488, Longitude: -87.8671     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Forkland 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 Forkland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Forkland.


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