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Midland City, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Midland City ...

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 Midland City (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 Midland City. 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 the area of Midland City ...

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 66 newspapers that have been published in the area around Midland City.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Midland City. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Midland City and those printed in the larger area surrounding Midland City.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 18 miles [29 km]<1> of Midland City.

Cemeteries Near Midland City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Midland City.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Pinckard Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Sylvan Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Mt. Enon Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Clark Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Christian Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Newman Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Woodham Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Newton City Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Bay Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Blackwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Blackwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Kirklands Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mims Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lee Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW New Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Little Vine Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Memory Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Gates of Heaven Cemetery [Map]      
  E Gardens of Memory Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE West Side Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Selma Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dothan City Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE East Side Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Sinai Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Hurts Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Johnstown Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Dean Church 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Midland City had a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Midland City had a population of 2,386 people.

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

Newton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Midland City
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 1,472 people in 2015)
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
Tidwell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Midland City
 - Tidwell had a post office and no railroad service
Headland   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Midland City
 - 1895 population of 417 people (with 4,736 people in 2015)
 - Headland had a post office and no railroad service
Ewell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Midland City
 - Ewell had a post office and no railroad service
Echo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Midland City
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Echo had a post office and no railroad service
Ozark   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Midland City
 - 1895 population of 1,195 people (with 14,719 people in 2015)
 - Ozark had a post office and railroad service
Asbury   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Midland City
 - Asbury had a post office and no railroad service
Daleville   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Midland City
 - 1895 population of 76 people (with 5,141 people in 2015)
 - Daleville had a post office and no railroad service
Clayhatchee   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Midland City
 - Clayhatchee 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 Midland City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Midland City 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Midland City is located in Dale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dale County: Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, Houston & Pike.

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

Dale     (The home county for Midland City)
      Napier Field   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Newton   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elba   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Black   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Samson   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Headland   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Newville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Parish   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avon   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - 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 Midland City:

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 Dale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Midland City ...

While our initial data for Midland City came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Midland City in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Midland City.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Midland City:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
We have found Midland City in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Midland City for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Midland City.
      See our Misc Page for Midland City for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Dale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Midland City. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3156, Longitude: -85.4936     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Midland City 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 Midland City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Midland City.


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