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Henderson, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Henderson ...

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 Henderson (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 Henderson. 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 Henderson ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Henderson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Henderson, 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 Henderson.

Cemeteries Near Henderson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Henderson.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Henderson Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Lewis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Bethel AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Clay Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Smilie Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sanford - Barron Cemetery [Map]      
  NE William Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Spillars Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Spears Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Ward - Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Henderson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bluff Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Sharron Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Davidson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Boutwell - Bundy Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Elam - Davidson Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Simmons Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Meadows Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  W Providence Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Shearon Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Perdue Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Rhodes Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hepzibah Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hillard & Howard Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Zoar Cemetery [Map]      
  N Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ballard Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mullins Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Zions Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mossy Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jones Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Chestnut Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Starling Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Greene Hills Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hinson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
  N Good Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Emmaus 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 Henderson had a population of 159 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Little Oak   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Henderson
 - Little Oak had a post office and no railroad service
Hallsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Henderson
 - Hallsville had railroad service and no post office
Vidette   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Henderson
 - Vidette had a post office and no railroad service
Peacock - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peacock was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Henderson
 - Peacock had a post office and no railroad service
Bullock   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Henderson
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Bullock had a post office and no railroad service
Troy   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Henderson
 - 1895 population of 3,449 people (with 18,853 people in 2015)
 - Troy had a post office and railroad service
Brantley   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Henderson
 - Brantley had a post office and no railroad service
Wingard   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Henderson
 - Wingard had a post office and no railroad service
Victoria   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Henderson
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Victoria had a post office and no railroad service
Patsburg   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Henderson
 - Patsburg had a post office and railroad service
Luverne   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Henderson
 - 1895 population of 451 people (with 2,834 people in 2015)
 - Luverne had a post office and railroad service
Petrey   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Henderson
 - Petrey 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 Henderson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Henderson 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Henderson is located in Pike County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pike County: Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale & Montgomery.

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

Pike     (The home county for Henderson)
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Troy   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Orion   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clio   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Perote   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Elba   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Central City   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      County Line   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Opp   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Heath   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Samson   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grady   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ada   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Henderson:

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 Pike 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    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Covington 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    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Pike County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Henderson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6665, Longitude: -86.0733     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Henderson 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 Henderson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Henderson.


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