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Midway, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Midway ...

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 Midway (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 Midway. 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 Midway ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Midway.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Midway, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Midway.

Cemeteries Near Midway ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Midway.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Lone Star Cemetery [Map]      
  E Middleton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Grimes Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jenkins Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Savannah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Turnbull Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Solomon Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Pine Orchard Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW New Haven Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Kaiser Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethel West Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pineview Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Turkestan Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pineville Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pineville Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Pineview Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Salem Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Ramah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Martin Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Beard Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Joyner 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 Midway in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Midway.

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

Skinnerton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Midway
 - Skinnerton had a post office and no railroad service
Riley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Midway
 - Riley had a post office and no railroad service
Turnbull   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Midway
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Turnbull had a post office and no railroad service
Commerce   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Midway
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Commerce had a post office and no railroad service
Turkestan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Turkestan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Midway
 - Turkestan had a post office and no railroad service
Pineville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Midway
 - Pineville had a post office and no railroad service
Bowles   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Midway
 - Bowles had a post office and no railroad service
Awin   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Midway
 - Awin had a post office and no railroad service
Pine Apple   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Midway
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 126 people in 2015)
 - Pine Apple 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 Midway. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Midway 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 and 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.

Midway is primarily located in Monroe County. A portion of Midway extends into Conecuh County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monroe County: Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia & Wilcox.

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

Monroe     (The home county for Midway)
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Excel   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Repton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Range   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Minter   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Awin   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Furman   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 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 Midway:

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 Monroe 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    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Monroe County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Midway. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7190, Longitude: -87.0491     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Midway 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 Midway, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Midway.


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