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Pigeon Creek, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Pigeon Creek ...

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 Pigeon Creek (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 Pigeon Creek. 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 Pigeon Creek ...

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 Pigeon Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Pigeon Creek: Pigeon Crk. (or less commonly used: Pigeon Ck. or Pigeon Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Pigeon Creek ...

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 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pigeon Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pigeon Creek, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pigeon Creek.

Cemeteries Near Pigeon Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pigeon Creek.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wren Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Consolation Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bedgood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Howard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive East Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Oakey Streak Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Oaky Streak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Leon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Siloam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Black Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brushy Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Riley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Camerons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harrison 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Pigeon Creek had a population of 64 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Oaky Streak   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Pigeon Creek
 - Oaky Streak had a post office and no railroad service
Industry   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pigeon Creek
 - Industry had a post office and no railroad service
Glasgow   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Pigeon Creek
 - Glasgow had a post office and no railroad service
Shell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pigeon Creek
 - Shell had a post office and no railroad service
Leon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pigeon Creek
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Leon had a post office and no railroad service
Vera Cruz - Historic   [Map]
 - While Vera Cruz was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Pigeon Creek
 - Vera Cruz had a post office and no railroad service
Rutledge   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Pigeon Creek
 - 1895 population of 314 people (with 459 people in 2015)
 - Rutledge had a post office and no railroad service
Bolling   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pigeon Creek
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Bolling had a post office and railroad service
Chapman   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Pigeon Creek
 - Chapman had a post office and no railroad service
Dozier   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pigeon Creek
 - Dozier 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 Pigeon Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pigeon Creek 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 doctors and 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.

Pigeon Creek is located in Butler County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Butler County: Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Lowndes, Monroe & Wilcox.

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

Butler     (The home county for Pigeon Creek)
      Bolling   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jack   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elba   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Heath   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Opp   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Minter   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grady   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ada   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Troy   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orion   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Banks   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Awin   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Furman   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Pigeon Creek:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Butler County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Butler County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pigeon Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6577, Longitude: -86.5072     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pigeon Creek have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Pigeon Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Pigeon Creek.


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