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McWilliams, Alabama
(Wilcox County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for McWilliams ...

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 McWilliams (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 McWilliams. 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 McWilliams ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around McWilliams.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of McWilliams, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for McWilliams.

Cemeteries Near McWilliams ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of McWilliams.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Pineview Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Grimes Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Pineview Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Turkestan Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Beard Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Jenkins Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Solomon Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Pineville Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pineville Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W St. Matthews Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Savannah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Turnbull Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Midway Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Buena Vista Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Middleton 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 McWilliams in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of McWilliams.

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

Caledonia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from McWilliams
 - Caledonia had a post office and no railroad service
Turkestan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Turkestan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from McWilliams
 - Turkestan had a post office and no railroad service
Pine Apple   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from McWilliams
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 126 people in 2015)
 - Pine Apple had a post office and railroad service
Pineville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from McWilliams
 - Pineville had a post office and no railroad service
Riley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from McWilliams
 - Riley had a post office and no railroad service
Allenton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from McWilliams
 - 1895 population of 163 people
 - Allenton had a post office and railroad service
Chestnut   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from McWilliams
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Chestnut had a post office and no railroad service
Turnbull   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from McWilliams
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Turnbull had a post office and no railroad service
Rosebud   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from McWilliams
 - Rosebud had a post office and no railroad service
Awin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from McWilliams
 - Awin had a post office and no railroad service
Buena Vista   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from McWilliams
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Buena Vista 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 McWilliams. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring McWilliams 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 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.

McWilliams is located in Wilcox County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wilcox County: Butler, Clarke, Dallas, Lowndes, Marengo & Monroe.

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

Wilcox     (The home county for McWilliams)
      Oak Hill   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Awin   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Furman   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coy   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Repton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Range   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Minter   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Safford   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Selma   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Benton   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

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 - 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 McWilliams:

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 Wilcox County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas 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    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Wilcox County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for McWilliams. 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 'point-to-point' distance that begins in McWilliams. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- McWilliams) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in McWilliams. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8310, Longitude: -87.0939     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for McWilliams 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 McWilliams, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for McWilliams.


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