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Our Genealogical Helper for Masena ...

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 Masena (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 Masena. 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 Masena ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Masena.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Masena, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Masena.

Cemeteries Near Masena ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Masena.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE McKensey Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Camp Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Boothton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Higganbotham Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Antioch Cemetery #2 [Map]      
  N Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Hickory Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Italian Catholic Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Shiney Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hickman Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Linholm Cemetery [Map]      
  W Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  W Caffee Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Kinard Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Daniel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW McCulley Cemetery [Map]      
  E Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  N Marvin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Clements Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Little Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bucksville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Cahaba Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bibbville Cemetery [Map]      
  W Banks Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Belchers Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Schultz Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cottingham Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Carlton Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Community Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE George Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shuttlesworth Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Johnstown Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Six Mile Presbyterian Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Six Mile Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Brierfield Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE King Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wildwood Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ryan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Massey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Smithson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hephzibah Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Gillard 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 Masena in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Masena.

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

Anita   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Masena
 - Anita had railroad service and no post office
 
Boothton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Masena
 - Boothton had railroad service and no post office
 
Blocton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Blocton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Masena
 - Blocton had a post office and railroad service
 
Gurnee   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Masena
 - 1895 population of 291 people
 - Gurnee had a post office and railroad service
 
Woodstock   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Masena
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 1,547 people in 2015)
 - Woodstock had a post office and railroad service
 
Green Pond   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Masena
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Green Pond had a post office and no railroad service
 
Tannehill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Masena
 - Tannehill had railroad service and no post office
 
Giles   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Masena
 - Giles had railroad service and no post office
 
Bibbville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Masena
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bibbville had a post office and railroad service
 
Chamblee   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Masena
 - Chamblee had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Masena. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Masena 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 and 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.

Masena is located in Bibb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bibb County: Chilton, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Shelby & Tuscaloosa.

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

  DirectionDistance
Bibb     (The home county for Masena)
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
 
Autauga
      Billingsley   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Blount
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Chilton
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Coosa
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Dallas
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Hale
      Moundville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Jefferson
      Kimbrell   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Adger   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
 
Perry
      Sprott   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Shelby
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Helena   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Talladega
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Tannehill   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Walker
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Barney   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 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 Masena:

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 Bibb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton 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    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry 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    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Bibb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Bibb County: www.co.bibb.ga.us/

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







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Masena. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1618, Longitude: -87.0436     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Masena 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 Masena, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Masena.



 
 
 

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