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Melmar, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Melmar ...

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 Melmar (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 Melmar. 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 Melmar ...

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 138 newspapers that have been published in the area around Melmar.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Melmar, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Melmar.

Cemeteries Near Melmar ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Melmar.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Durden Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Burt Cemetery [Map]      
  S Daniel Pratt Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Indian Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Chapman Cemetery [Map]      
  E Memory Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Durdin Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Doster Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Owens Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Hamilton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Montgomery Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lucas Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Rodgers Cemetery [Map]      
  E Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]      
  NE County Line Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Booth Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Ross Cemetery [Map]      
  N Holland Cemetery [Map]      
  W DeJarnett Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE McKeithen Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pine Level Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Fair Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bibbs Cemetery [Map]      
  E Coosada Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Stoney Point Cemetery [Map]      
  N Tatum Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Kingston Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wilsons Cemetery [Map]      
  E Rives Cemetery [Map]      
  E Glenn Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Golson Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW St. Joseph Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  N Manning Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cantelous Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Stones Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Hebron West 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 Melmar in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Melmar.

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

Prattville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Melmar
 - 1895 population of 724 people (with 35,420 people in 2015)
 - Prattville had a post office and no railroad service
Robinson Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Melmar
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Robinson Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Jackson's Lake   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Melmar
 - Jackson's Lake had railroad service and no post office
Deatsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Melmar
 - 1895 population of 112 people (with 1,157 people in 2015)
 - Deatsville had a post office and railroad service
Autaugaville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Melmar
 - 1895 population of 216 people (with 859 people in 2015)
 - Autaugaville had a post office and no railroad service
Manack   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Melmar
 - Manack had railroad service and no post office
Stone's   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Melmar
 - Stone's had railroad service and no post office
Elmore   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Melmar
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 1,271 people in 2015)
 - Elmore had a post office and railroad service
Burkville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Melmar
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Burkville had a post office and railroad service

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

Melmar is located in Autauga County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Autauga County: Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes & Montgomery.

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

Autauga     (The home county for Melmar)
      Prattville   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Booth   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jones   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Equality   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Selma   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Minter   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Titus   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Claud   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kent   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Benton   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ada   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Melmar:

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 Autauga County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock 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    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Autauga County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Autauga 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 Melmar. 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 beginning in Melmar. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Melmar) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Melmar. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4835, Longitude: -86.4847     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Melmar 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 Melmar, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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