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Our Genealogical Helper for Halsell ...

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 Halsell (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 Halsell. 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 Halsell ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Halsell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Halsell, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Halsell.

Cemeteries Near Halsell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Halsell.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Fairfield Cemetery [Map]      
  N Shearon Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Eureka Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Christopher Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cokes Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ward Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Campbell Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dulls Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shamburger Cemetery [Map]      
  W Concord Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Episcopal Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW McElroy Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Cagus Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Resthaven Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Salem Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Antioch Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  


       

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 Halsell in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Halsell.

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

Kinterbish   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Halsell
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Kinterbish had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gaston   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Halsell
 - 1895 population of 138 people
 - Gaston had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pushmataha   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Halsell
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Pushmataha had a post office and no railroad service
 
Robjohn   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Halsell
 - Robjohn had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cuba   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Halsell
 - 1895 population of 220 people (with 321 people in 2015)
 - Cuba had a post office and railroad service
 
Whynot (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Halsell
 - Whynot had a post office and no railroad service
 
Butler   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Halsell
 - 1895 population of 178 people (with 1,798 people in 2015)
 - Butler had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kewanee (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Halsell
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Kewanee had a post office and railroad service
 
Mount Sterling   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Halsell
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Mount Sterling 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 Halsell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Halsell 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 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.

Halsell is located in Choctaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Choctaw County: Clarke, Marengo, Sumter, Washington, Clarke (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Wayne (MS).

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

  DirectionDistance
Choctaw     (The home county for Halsell)
      Cromwell   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Butler   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Needham   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Clarke
      Morvin   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Greene
      Forkland   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Hale
      Arcola   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Marengo
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Linden   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Sumter
      Ward   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      York   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Epes   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stonewall (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Enterprise (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shubuta (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pachuta (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Jasper (MS)
      Fellowship (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orange (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      De Kalb (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Marion (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Meridian (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nellieburg (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Suqualena (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Collinsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Newton (MS)
      Chunky (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 Halsell:

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 Choctaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Clarke 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    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jasper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Newton County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Choctaw County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Choctaw 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Halsell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2840, Longitude: -88.2772     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Halsell 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 Halsell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Halsell.



 
 
 

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