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Our Genealogical Helper for Melton ...

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 Melton (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 Melton. 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 Melton ...

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 76 newspapers that have been published in the area around Melton.

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

Cemeteries Near Melton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Melton.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Martian Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Curry Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Boston Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hatche Cemetery [Map]      
  W Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Rhone Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Robertson Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Evans Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Long Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Crooks Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  E Jerusalem Cemetery [Map]      
  E Burk Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Ramey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Langham Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mays Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Erie Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pickens Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jenkins Place Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE May Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Stokes Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shelton Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jackson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Greenleaf Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McCoy Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Greensboro Cemetery [Map]      
  E Redick Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Rhodes Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Five Mile Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE St. Pauls Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE St. Johns Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Haven Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sample Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Long Cemetery [Map]      
  SE St. Marys Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hill Place Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  N Williams Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Pickens Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Eaton Cemetery [Map]      
  S Micken Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Akron New Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Ramey Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pruitt Springs Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Creehill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Casemore Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Terrell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Washington Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Herman Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Burroughs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Springhill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Burrough Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Whitsitt - Perry Cemetery [Map]      
  N Martin Mission Cemetery [Map]      
  W Walton 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 Melton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Melton.

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

Sawyerville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Melton
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Sawyerville had a post office and railroad service
 
Greensboro   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Melton
 - 1895 population of 1,759 people (with 2,387 people in 2015)
 - Greensboro had a post office and railroad service
 
Evansville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Melton
 - Evansville had railroad service and no post office
 
Cedarville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Melton
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Cedarville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Whitsitt   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Melton
 - Whitsitt had a post office and no railroad service
 
Havana   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Melton
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Havana had a post office and no railroad service
 
Forkland   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Melton
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 601 people in 2015)
 - Forkland had a post office and no railroad service
 
Arcola   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Melton
 - Arcola 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 Melton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Melton 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 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.

Melton is located in Hale County.

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

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

  DirectionDistance
Hale     (The home county for Melton)
      Sawyerville   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Akron   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
 
Bibb
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brent   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      East Town   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Choctaw
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Dallas
      Browns   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Safford   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Greene
      Forkland   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Marengo
      Demopolis   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Providence   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Linden   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Perry
      Marion   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      The Village   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Pickens
      Aliceville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Sumter
      Epes   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Panola   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      York   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Ralph   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coker   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holt   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Wilcox
      Alberta   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - 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 Melton:

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 Hale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Choctaw 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    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter 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 Hale County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Hale 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 Melton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Melton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Melton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Melton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7401, Longitude: -87.6833     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Melton 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 Melton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Melton.



 
 
 

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