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Portland, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Portland ...

So far, we have found very little information about Portland. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Portland to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Portland, please Contact Us.

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 Portland (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 Portland. 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 Portland ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Portland.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Portland, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Portland.

Cemeteries Near Portland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Portland.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW McMillan Cemetery [Map]      
  N Turner Field Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Molette Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Boykin Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Seale Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  E Center Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Mt. Leveton Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Hotel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  N Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Athens Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W McMillan Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Young Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Young Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pettway Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Irby Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sandhill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sodom Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Campbell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Watts Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE St. Pauls Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Carlowville Community Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lk. Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Pigeonfield Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bridges Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Older Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Society Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Orrville Cemetery [Map]      
  NE King Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Matthew Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cobbs 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.

Portland itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 76 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Tasso   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Portland
 - Tasso had a post office and no railroad service
Tilden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Portland
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Tilden had a post office and no railroad service
Richmond   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Portland
 - 1895 population of 176 people
 - Richmond had a post office and no railroad service
King's Landing   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Portland
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - King's Landing had railroad service and no post office
Crumptonia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Portland
 - Crumptonia had a post office and no railroad service
Carlowville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Portland
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Carlowville had a post office and no railroad service
Belknap   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Portland
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Belknap had a post office and no railroad service
Dawson's   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Portland
 - Dawson's 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 Portland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Portland 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Portland is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Portland. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Portland:

Dallas     (The home county for Portland)
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Minter   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Safford   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jones   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Benton   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Linden   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Providence   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Furman   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 - 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 Portland:

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    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe 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 Portland ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Dallas County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Portland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Portland. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Portland) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1546, Longitude: -87.1686     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Portland have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Portland.


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