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Our Genealogical Helper for Gordo ...

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 Gordo (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 Gordo. 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 Gordo ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gordo.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Gordo. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Gordo and those printed in the larger area surrounding Gordo.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> of Gordo.

Cemeteries Near Gordo ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gordo.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Gordo City Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Linebarge Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sand Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Elmore Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hargrove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Arbor Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  S Center Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Greenhill Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NW Greenhill Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Crossroads Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
  W Browns Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  W Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Glen Echo Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Trinity Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Flatwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wilburn Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hannah Cemetery [Map]      
  N Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Dunns Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Old Dunn Creek Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Doublebranches Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Backbone Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Springer Cemetery [Map]      
  E Dennis Springer Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Doublebranches Cemetery [Map]      
  N Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  W Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Windle Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Winn Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Providence Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Cockrell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hopewell Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cornelius Chapel #1 Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tabernacle Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Moores Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  N Big Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Arbor Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Liberty 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 Gordo had a population of 106 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Gordo had a population of 1,687 people.

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

Bell   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Gordo
 - Bell had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lubbub   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gordo
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Lubbub had a post office and no railroad service
 
Reform   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Gordo
 - 1895 population of 28 people (with 1,632 people in 2015)
 - Reform had a post office and no railroad service
 
Moore's Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Gordo
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Moore's Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
 
Palmetto   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gordo
 - Palmetto had a post office and no railroad service
 
Coal Fire   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Gordo
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Coal Fire had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pleasant Grove   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Gordo
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Pleasant Grove had a post office and no railroad service
 
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gordo
 - Coker 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 Gordo. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gordo 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.

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

  DirectionDistance
Pickens     (The home county for Gordo)
      Reform   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Bibb
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Fayette
      Belk   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Greene
      Union   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Hale
      Moundville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lamar
      Kennedy   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Sumter
      Panola   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Echola   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Coker   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Walker
      Corona   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Noxubee (MS)
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Gordo:

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:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar 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    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Noxubee 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
 
Also see ...
      Mississippi

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Gordo ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Pickens County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gordo. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3218, Longitude: -87.9035     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gordo 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 Gordo, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gordo.



 
 
 

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