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Jennings Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Jennings 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 Jennings 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 Jennings 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.

Name Variations for Jennings Ferry ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Jennings Ferry.

  • While the name of this community is Jennings Ferry, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Jennings Ferry may originally have been Jenning's Ferry.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Jennings Ferry might be written as Jenning Ferry.

Newspapers Published in Jennings 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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Jennings Ferry.

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

Cemeteries Near Jennings Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Jennings 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 Jennings Ferry covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W New Christian Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Sample Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Jackson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mays Cemetery [Map]      
  W Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Walton Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  E Langham Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mesopotamia Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Zion Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Kirksey Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Erie Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Robertson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Five Mile Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Akron New Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Wills Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Barnes Rancher Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW McGiffert Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Rhone Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  N St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Greenon Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW St. Matthew Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Evans Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Curry Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Long Cemetery [Map]      
  N New Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Springhill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Smiths Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Long Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Martian Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Martin Mission Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mileous Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Spencers Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pippen Place Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zoar Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cooks Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Blocker Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ramey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Christian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Boston Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hatche Cemetery [Map]      
  N Knoxville Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hick Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pippen Lawn Cemetery [Map]      
  N St. Marys 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 Jennings Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Jennings Ferry.

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

Evansville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Jennings Ferry
 - Evansville had railroad service and no post office
Eutaw   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Jennings Ferry
 - 1895 population of 1,115 people (with 2,766 people in 2015)
 - Eutaw had a post office and railroad service
Sawyerville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Jennings Ferry
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Sawyerville had a post office and railroad service
Forkland   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Jennings Ferry
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 601 people in 2015)
 - Forkland had a post office and no railroad service
Boligee   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Jennings Ferry
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 309 people in 2015)
 - Boligee had a post office and railroad service
Havana   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Jennings Ferry
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Havana had a post office and no railroad service
Knoxville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Jennings Ferry
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Knoxville had a post office and no railroad service
Clinton   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Jennings Ferry
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Clinton had a post office and no railroad service
Union   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Jennings Ferry
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 223 people in 2015)
 - Union 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 Jennings Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Jennings 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors 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.

Jennings Ferry is located in Greene County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greene County: Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter & Tuscaloosa.

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

Greene     (The home county for Jennings Ferry)
      Eutaw   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Union   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brent   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Town   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Browns   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Akron   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Providence   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Linden   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marion   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      The Village   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Epes   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Panola   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      York   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coker   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Northport   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas 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    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jennings Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8093, Longitude: -87.8139     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Jennings 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 Jennings Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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