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Houses Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Houses Ferry ...

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 Houses Ferry (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 Houses Ferry. 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 Houses Ferry ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Houses Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Houses Ferry, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Houses Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Houses Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Houses Ferry.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Mt. Sinai Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ham Lewis Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Providence Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Quinsey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Oak Grove Church of God Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Proctor Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Refuge Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Temple Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Chestnut Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sunshine Cemetery [Map]      
  W Glad Tidings Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Aldridge Family Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bildee Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Verbena Cemetery [Map]      
  S Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Swamp Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Duke Cemetery [Map]      
  NW McKee Cemetery [Map]      
  W Walnut Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Concord Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Popwell Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Maple Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  S Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  S Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jo Anna Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Union Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Jennings Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cane Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mountain Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pinedale Cemetery [Map]      
  W Chilton County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Samaria Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Eastview Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Crossroad Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Marbury Church of God Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mountain Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Marbury Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hollybranch Cemetery [Map]      
  E Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lime Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bell Lane Cemetery [Map]      
  W Martin Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  W Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  W Clanton 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 Houses Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Houses Ferry.

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

Dollar   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Houses Ferry
 - Dollar had a post office and no railroad service
Quinsey   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Houses Ferry
 - Quinsey had a post office and no railroad service
Cooper   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Houses Ferry
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Cooper had a post office and railroad service
Travelers Rest   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Houses Ferry
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Travelers Rest had a post office and no railroad service
Moriah   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Houses Ferry
 - Moriah had a post office and no railroad service
Verbena   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Houses Ferry
 - 1895 population of 756 people
 - Verbena had a post office and railroad service
Mountain Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Houses Ferry
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Mountain Creek had a post office and railroad service
Lightwood   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Houses Ferry
 - Lightwood had a post office and no railroad service
Gold Branch   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Houses Ferry
 - Gold Branch had a post office and no railroad service
Clanton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Houses Ferry
 - 1895 population of 623 people (with 8,844 people in 2015)
 - Clanton had a post office and railroad service
Jumbo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Houses Ferry
 - Jumbo 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 Houses Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Houses Ferry 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Houses Ferry is located in Chilton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chilton County: Autauga, Bibb, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore & Shelby.

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

Chilton     (The home county for Houses Ferry)
      Verbena   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Booth   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jones   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Town   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Equality   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ray   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Town   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Site   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Houses Ferry:

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 Chilton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale 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    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega 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 Chilton County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chilton 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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About Chilton County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Houses Ferry. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Houses Ferry. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Houses Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Houses Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8585, Longitude: -86.4500     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Houses Ferry 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 Houses Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Houses Ferry.


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