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Melborne, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Melborne ...

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 Melborne (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 Melborne. 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 Melborne ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Melborne.

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

Cemeteries Near Melborne ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Melborne.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Old Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Andrews Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Andrews Chapel Church Yard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Eatman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oddfellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forest Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rowan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Payne Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holly Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Brown Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Christian Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Military Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lampkin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethlehem Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Phoenix Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sailor 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 Melborne in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Melborne.

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

Fernbank   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Melborne
 - Fernbank had a post office and railroad service
Steens (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Melborne
 - Steens had railroad service and no post office
Millport   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Melborne
 - 1895 population of 244 people (with 998 people in 2015)
 - Millport had a post office and railroad service
Star   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Melborne
 - Star had a post office and no railroad service
Stafford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Melborne
 - Stafford had a post office and no railroad service
New Hope (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Melborne
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Hightogy   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Melborne
 - Hightogy had a post office and no railroad service
Caledonia (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Melborne
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,017 people in 2015)
 - Caledonia had a post office and no railroad service
Kingville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Melborne
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Kingville 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 Melborne. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Melborne 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.

Melborne is located in Lamar County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lamar County: Fayette, Marion, Pickens, Lowndes (MS) & Monroe (MS).

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

Lamar     (The home county for Melborne)
      Millport   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belk   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      McShan   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Reform   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Chickasaw (MS)
      Egypt (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedar Bluff (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Amory (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cotton Gin Port (MS) - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smithville (MS)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wren (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Oktibbeha (MS)
      Clayton Village (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Starkville (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 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 Melborne:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Lamar County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chickasaw County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Oktibbeha County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Melborne. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5729, Longitude: -88.2028     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Melborne 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 Melborne, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Melborne.


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