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Hector, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hector ...

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 Hector (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 Hector. 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 Hector ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hector.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hector, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hector.

Cemeteries Near Hector ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hector.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pickett Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Edwards Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cornerstone Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Haines Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Bethesda Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW China Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Dennis Cemetery [Map]      
  S Stills Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hubbard Cemetery [Map]      
  E Paulk Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Fitzpatrick Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Orange Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Penile Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW McNeil - Townsend Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Barnette Cemetery [Map]      
  W Possum Trot Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE High Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Meriwether Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Panhandle 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 in 1895, Hector had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Shopton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Hector
 - Shopton had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Hillard   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hector
 - 1895 population of 195 people
 - Mount Hillard had a post office and no railroad service
China Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hector
 - 1895 population of 206 people
 - China Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Thompson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Hector
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Thompson had a post office and railroad service
Pine Level   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hector
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Pine Level had a post office and no railroad service
Postoak   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hector
 - Postoak had a post office and no railroad service
Omega   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hector
 - Omega had a post office and no railroad service
Inverness   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hector
 - Inverness had a post office and railroad service
Union Springs   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Hector
 - 1895 population of 2,049 people (with 3,919 people in 2015)
 - Union Springs had a post office and railroad service
Orion   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hector
 - 1895 population of 172 people
 - Orion 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 Hector. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hector 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.

Hector is located in Bullock County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bullock County: Barbour, Macon, Montgomery, Pike & Russell.

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

Bullock     (The home county for Hector)
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Perote   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Midway   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Comer   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clio   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jack   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Claud   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grady   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ada   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orion   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Banks   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Troy   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Hector:

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 Bullock County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Hector:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Hector.
      See our Misc Page for Hector for more information.

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About Bullock County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hector. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1124, Longitude: -85.9088     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hector 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 Hector, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hector.


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