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Our Genealogical Helper for Marion ...

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 Marion (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 Marion. 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 the area of Marion ...

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 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Marion.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Marion. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Marion and those printed in the larger area surrounding Marion.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> of Marion.

Cemeteries Near Marion ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Marion.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW St. Wilfrids Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Marion Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Scarborough Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mars Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Heard Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  W Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Barron - Wells Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Turner Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  E Edwards Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Daniel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Campbellite Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Elvins Cemetery [Map]      
  W DeYampert Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Waters Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethesda Cemetery [Map]      
  W Curry Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Suttle Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE White Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Swann Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ivey Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Iveys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Harper Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Osburn Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Farrer Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Dobyne - Haggard Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Heiberger Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Griffin Cemetery [Map]      
  W Walthill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Turpin 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 Marion had a population of 1,982 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Marion had a population of 3,447 people.

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

Vilula   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Marion
 - Vilula had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sprott   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Marion
 - Sprott had a post office and no railroad service
 
Folsom   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Marion
 - Folsom had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hamburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Marion
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Hamburg had a post office and railroad service
 
Theo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Marion
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Theo had a post office and no railroad service
 
Levert   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Marion
 - Levert had a post office and no railroad service
 
Morgan Springs   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Marion
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Morgan Springs had a post office and no railroad service
 
Jericho   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Marion
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Jericho 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 Marion. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Marion 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 and hospitals 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.

Marion is located in Perry County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Perry County: Bibb, Chilton, Dallas, Hale & Marengo.

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

  DirectionDistance
Perry     (The home county for Marion)
      Sprott   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      The Village   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
 
Autauga
      Jones   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Bibb
      Brent   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      East Town   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Chilton
      Stanton   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Dallas
      Browns   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Selma   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Safford   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Greene
      Forkland   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Hale
      Newbern   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Akron   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Lowndes
      Benton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Marengo
      Faunsdale   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Providence   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Linden   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Shelby
      Wilton   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Duncanville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vance   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wilcox
      Alberta   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 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 Marion:

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 Perry 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    
Chilton 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    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Perry County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Perry 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Marion ...

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

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 Marion:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
 
We have found Marion in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Marion for more information.
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Marion.
      See our Misc Page for Marion for more information.

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About Perry County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Perry County: www.perrycounty-al.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Marion. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Marion

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Marion. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6318, Longitude: -87.3172     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Marion 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 Marion, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Marion.



 
 
 

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