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Ponders, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ponders ...

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 Ponders (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 Ponders. 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 Ponders ...

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 Ponders.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ponders, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ponders.

Cemeteries Near Ponders ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ponders.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Spain Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Lockhart Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Union Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW John Johnston Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Harper Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Old Sharon Primitive Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pentecost Cemetery [Map]      
  N Red Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Guthrie Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Roxana Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Roxanna Cemetery [Map]      
  E Meadows - Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Holley Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Reeltown Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Benson Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Tallapoosa County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WNW County Line Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Salem Macon Cemetery [Map]      
  E Rowells Cemetery [Map]      
  E Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Morgan Cemetery [Map]      
  N Shepard Graveyard [Map]      
  W Lovejoy Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Hornsby Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Farrow Dennis Graveyard [Map]      
  NW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  N Union 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 Ponders in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ponders.

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

Thornton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ponders
 - Thornton had a post office and no railroad service
Church Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ponders
 - Church Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Agricola   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ponders
 - Agricola had a post office and no railroad service
Mary   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ponders
 - Mary had a post office and no railroad service
Roxana   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ponders
 - Roxana had a post office and no railroad service
Dadeville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Ponders
 - 1895 population of 873 people (with 3,150 people in 2015)
 - Dadeville had a post office and railroad service
Camp Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ponders
 - 1895 population of 366 people (with 981 people in 2015)
 - Camp Hill had a post office and railroad service
Kent   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ponders
 - Kent 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 Ponders. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ponders 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 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.

Ponders is located in Tallapoosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tallapoosa County: Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon & Randolph.

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

Tallapoosa     (The home county for Ponders)
      Agricola   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      New Site   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Valley   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Motley   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Equality   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Titus   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Waverly   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Almond   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 Ponders:

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 Tallapoosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tallapoosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tallapoosa 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ponders. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7104, Longitude: -85.7741     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ponders 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 Ponders, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ponders.


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