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Gerald, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gerald ...

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 Gerald (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 Gerald. 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 Gerald ...

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 55 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gerald.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gerald, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gerald.

Cemeteries Near Gerald ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gerald.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Mt. Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Daleville Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Keyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Enterprise City Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Cool Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE New Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Dean Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Consolation Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Newton City Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bellwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Claybank Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Brockton City Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Ridge 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 Gerald in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Gerald.

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

Level Plains   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Gerald
 - Level Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Daleville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Gerald
 - 1895 population of 76 people (with 5,141 people in 2015)
 - Daleville had a post office and no railroad service
Enterprise   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Gerald
 - Enterprise had a post office and no railroad service
Clayhatchee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Gerald
 - Clayhatchee had a post office and no railroad service
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Gerald
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 1,472 people in 2015)
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
Clintonville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Gerald
 - 1895 population of 172 people
 - Clintonville had a post office and no railroad service
Ozark   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Gerald
 - 1895 population of 1,195 people (with 14,719 people in 2015)
 - Ozark had a post office and railroad service
High Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Gerald
 - High Bluff 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 Gerald. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gerald 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 northeast 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 north.

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 north 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.

Gerald is located in Dale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dale County: Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, Houston & Pike.

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

Dale     (The home county for Gerald)
      Holiday Village   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Level Plains   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Newton   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elba   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      County Line   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Opp   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Florala   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Black   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Samson   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Headland   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Newville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Parish   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Avon   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Banks   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Troy   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (FL)
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 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 Gerald:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Dale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Dale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Gerald. 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 Gerald. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gerald) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gerald. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3238, Longitude: -85.7572     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gerald 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 Gerald, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gerald.


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