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Lotts Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Lotts 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 Lotts 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 Lotts 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 Lotts 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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lotts Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Lotts Ferry, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Lotts Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Lotts Ferry ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Howell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Red House Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Mt. Mariah Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Nanafalia Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Geneva Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  SW White Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Spencer Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hickory Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Campground Cemetery [Map]      
  N Millwood Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WNW Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Canathan Cemetery [Map]      
  S Putnam Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gibson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Aimwell Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Community Cemetery [Map]      
  NE James Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Lily Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Beaver Creek Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Butler City Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Luker Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Olive 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 Lotts Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Lotts Ferry.

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

Nanafalia   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Lotts Ferry
 - 1895 population of 66 people
 - Nanafalia had a post office and no railroad service
Tompkinsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Lotts Ferry
 - Tompkinsville had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Sterling   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Lotts Ferry
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Mount Sterling had a post office and no railroad service
Putnam   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Lotts Ferry
 - Putnam had a post office and no railroad service
Aimwell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Lotts Ferry
 - Aimwell had a post office and no railroad service
Robjohn   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Lotts Ferry
 - Robjohn had a post office and no railroad service
Myrtlewood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Lotts Ferry
 - Myrtlewood had a post office and no railroad service
Butler   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Lotts Ferry
 - 1895 population of 178 people (with 1,798 people in 2015)
 - Butler 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 Lotts Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lotts 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 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.

Lotts Ferry 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 Lotts Ferry. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Lotts Ferry:

Choctaw     (The home county for Lotts Ferry)
      Pennington   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Butler   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Needham   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Safford   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ward   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      York   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Epes   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Millry   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marion (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Lotts 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 Choctaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas 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    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale 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     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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 ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lotts Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1357, Longitude: -88.0411     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lotts 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 Lotts Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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