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Polk, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Polk ...

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 Polk (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 Polk. 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 Polk ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Polk.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Polk, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Polk.

Cemeteries Near Polk ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Polk.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Town Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Moore Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sister Spring Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  E Robert Rives Cemetery [Map]      
  E Good Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Rives Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dunklin Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dunklin Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Gillard Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Mt. Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  N New Everdale Cemetery [Map]      
  N DuBose Family Cemetery [Map]      
  N St. Luke Cemetery [Map]      
  W Adams Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NW Jerusalem Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kelso Cemetery [Map]      
  W King Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Shiloh 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, Polk had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Benton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Polk
 - 1895 population of 265 people (with 46 people in 2015)
 - Benton had a post office and railroad service
Tyler   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Polk
 - Tyler had a post office and no railroad service
Kings   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Polk
 - Kings had railroad service and no post office
Pleasant Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Polk
 - 1895 population of 278 people
 - Pleasant Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Collirene   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Polk
 - Collirene had a post office and no railroad service
Berlin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Polk
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Berlin had a post office and railroad service
Belknap   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Polk
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Belknap had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Hill Station   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Polk
 - Pleasant Hill Station had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Polk. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Polk 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 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.

Polk is located in Dallas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dallas County: Autauga, Chilton, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry & Wilcox.

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

Dallas     (The home county for Polk)
      Old Town   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Minter   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Safford   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jones   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Booth   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Benton   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Town   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ada   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marion   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      The Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Furman   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Awin   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Polk:

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 Dallas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry 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 Dallas County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Dallas 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Polk ...

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

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Polk. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2724, Longitude: -86.8886     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Polk 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 Polk, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Polk.


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