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Half Acre, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Half Acre ...

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 Half Acre (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 Half Acre. 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 Half Acre ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Half Acre.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Half Acre, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Half Acre.

Cemeteries Near Half Acre ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Half Acre.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  NW James Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Beaver Creek Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  W Campground Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Geneva Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Aimwell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Berry Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Rembert Cemetery [Map]      
  N Clover Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Howell Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Nanafalia Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mt. Mariah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Millwood Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  E Octagon Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Red House Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hickory Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Paynes Chapel Methodist 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 Half Acre in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Half Acre.

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

Rembert   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Half Acre
 - Rembert had a post office and no railroad service
Myrtlewood   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Half Acre
 - Myrtlewood had a post office and no railroad service
Aimwell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Half Acre
 - Aimwell had a post office and no railroad service
Sweet Water   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Half Acre
 - 1895 population of 140 people (with 246 people in 2015)
 - Sweet Water had a post office and no railroad service
Tompkinsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Half Acre
 - Tompkinsville had a post office and no railroad service
Nanafalia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Half Acre
 - 1895 population of 66 people
 - Nanafalia had a post office and no railroad service
Moss - Historic   [Map]
 - While Moss was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Half Acre
 - Moss had a post office and no railroad service
Octagon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Half Acre
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Octagon 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 Half Acre. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Half Acre 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 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.

Half Acre is located in Marengo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marengo County: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Perry, Sumter & Wilcox.

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

Marengo     (The home county for Half Acre)
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Providence   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Butler   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Needham   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Safford   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ward   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      York   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Epes   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Half Acre:

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 Marengo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas 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    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Half Acre. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Half Acre) 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 Half Acre. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Half Acre

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Half Acre. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1948, Longitude: -87.9115     [Map].

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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 Half Acre, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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