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Mount Sterling, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mount Sterling ...

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 Mount Sterling (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 Mount Sterling. 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.

Name Variations for Mount Sterling ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Mount Sterling.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mount Sterling: Mt. Sterling

Newspapers Published in the area of Mount Sterling ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mount Sterling.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Mount Sterling. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Mount Sterling and those printed in the larger area surrounding Mount Sterling.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> of Mount Sterling.

Cemeteries Near Mount Sterling ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mount Sterling.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Canathan Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Spencer Cemetery [Map]      
  E White Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Lily Cemetery [Map]      
  W Butler City Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Wesley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Marvin Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Red House Cemetery [Map]      
  N Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  W Providence Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Cedar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bush Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Resthaven Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Putnam Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hickory Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Mariah Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Gibson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Nanafalia Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Howell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  N Christopher Chapel 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 Mount Sterling had a population of 185 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Butler   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Mount Sterling
 - 1895 population of 178 people (with 1,798 people in 2015)
 - Butler had a post office and no railroad service
Ararat   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Mount Sterling
 - Ararat had a post office and no railroad service
Robjohn   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mount Sterling
 - Robjohn had a post office and no railroad service
Putnam   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mount Sterling
 - Putnam had a post office and no railroad service
Nanafalia   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Mount Sterling
 - 1895 population of 66 people
 - Nanafalia had a post office and no railroad service
Lusk   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mount Sterling
 - Lusk had a post office and no railroad service
Tompkinsville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Mount Sterling
 - Tompkinsville had a post office and no railroad service
Morvin   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mount Sterling
 - Morvin 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 Mount Sterling. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mount Sterling 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 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.

Mount Sterling is located in Choctaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Choctaw County: Clarke, Marengo, Sumter, Washington, Clarke (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Wayne (MS).

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

Choctaw     (The home county for Mount Sterling)
      Butler   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Needham   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ward   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      York   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Millry   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shubuta (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stonewall (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Enterprise (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marion (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Meridian (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Mount Sterling:

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 Choctaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

While our initial data for Mount Sterling came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Mount Sterling 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 Mount Sterling.

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 Mount Sterling:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Mount Sterling.
      See our Misc Page for Mount Sterling for more information.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Sterling. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0938, Longitude: -88.1631     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Sterling 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 Mount Sterling, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mount Sterling.


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