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Girard, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Girard ...

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 Girard (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 Girard. 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 Girard ...

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 67 newspapers that have been published in the area around Girard.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Girard. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Girard and those printed in the larger area surrounding Girard.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> of Girard.

Cemeteries Near Girard ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Girard.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Felix Edwards Cemetery [Map]      
  S Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Riverdale Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Porterdale Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Colored Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Linwood Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Dudleyville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Abercombie Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bealwood Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Lk. View Memory Gardens [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Sunset Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ESE Evergreen Memory Gardens Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Patrick Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Park Hill Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  W Evans Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Providence Church Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Mealing Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Philadelphia Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery [Map]      
  E Green Acres Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Water Shiloh Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Phillips - Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNE Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Charnel Garden of Rest Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNE Pierce Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Bethel Mission 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 Girard had a population of 815 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Columbus (GA)   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Girard
 - 1895 population of 17,303 people (with 200,579 people in 2015)
 - Columbus had a post office and railroad service
Muscogee (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Girard
 - Muscogee had railroad service and no post office
Ladonia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Girard
 - Ladonia had a post office and no railroad service
Esquiline (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Esquiline was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Girard
 - Esquiline had railroad service and no post office
Fort Mitchell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Girard
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Fort Mitchell had a post office and railroad service
Schatulga (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Girard
 - Schatulga had railroad service and no post office
Smith's Station   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Girard
 - 1895 population of 49 people (with 5,300 people in 2015)
 - Smith's Station had a post office and railroad service
Ochillee (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Girard
 - Ochillee 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 Girard. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Girard 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 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.

Girard is located in Russell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Russell County: Barbour, Bullock, Lee, Macon, Chattahoochee (GA), Muscogee (GA) & Stewart (GA).

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

Russell     (The home county for Girard)
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Phenix City   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Ladonia   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Seale   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Comer   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valley   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cusseta (GA)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
Harris (GA)
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Marion (GA)
      Buena Vista (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Manchester (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Warm Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harris City (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Schley (GA)
      Concord (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lumpkin (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Richland (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Geneva (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Talbotton (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Junction City (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodland (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Taylor (GA)
      Mauk (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Howard (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Troup (GA)
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Webster (GA)
      Preston (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weston (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 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 Girard:

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 Russell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Schley County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talbot County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Taylor County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Webster County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Girard:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Girard.
      See our Misc Page for Girard for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Russell County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Girard. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4565, Longitude: -85.0044     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Girard 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 Girard, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Girard.


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