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Geneva, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Geneva ...

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 Geneva (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 Geneva. 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 Geneva ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Geneva.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Geneva. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Geneva and those printed in the larger area surrounding Geneva.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> of Geneva.

Cemeteries Near Geneva ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Geneva.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Geneva City Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Carter Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Eunola Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Vaughanville Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sunset Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW McDuffie Cemetery [Map]      
  N Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW McDuffie Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Royals Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  SE Whitewater Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  ESE Pleasant Home Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Eden Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE East Pittman Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  ESE Black Cemetery [Map]      
  E Spring Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Liberty Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Adoniram Cemetery [Map]      
  N El Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Coffee Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Curry Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  E Spike Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pondtown Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Merrill Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  SE Double Springs Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  ENE Hartford City Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bellwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shady Grove 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 Geneva had a population of 638 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Geneva had a population of 4,460 people.

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

Vaughanville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Geneva
 - 1895 population of 99 people
 - Vaughanville had a post office and no railroad service
Highfalls   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Geneva
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Highfalls had a post office and no railroad service
Marl   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Geneva
 - Marl had a post office and no railroad service
Coffee Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Geneva
 - 1895 population of 32 people (with 229 people in 2015)
 - Coffee Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Izagora (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Geneva
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Izagora had a post office and no railroad service
High Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Geneva
 - High Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Dundee   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Geneva
 - Dundee had a post office and no railroad service
Cerrogordo (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South (S) from Geneva
 - 1895 population of 300 people
 - Cerrogordo 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 Geneva. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Geneva 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 and 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.

Geneva is located in Geneva County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Geneva County: Coffee, Covington, Dale, Houston, Holmes (FL) & Walton (FL).

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

Geneva     (The home county for Geneva)
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Black   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Samson   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Central City   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Elba   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jack   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Florala   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Opp   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lockhart   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Headland   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Parish   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Avon   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Webb   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ponce de Leon (FL)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alford (FL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Walton (FL)
      Argyle (FL)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      De Funiak Springs (FL)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mossy Head (FL)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Freeport (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (FL)
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coosada Old Town (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vernon (FL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wausau (FL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 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 Geneva:

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 Geneva County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Geneva County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Geneva 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 Geneva ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Geneva County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Geneva. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.0437, Longitude: -85.8764     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Geneva 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 Geneva, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Geneva.


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