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Prairie Bluff, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Prairie Bluff ...

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 Prairie Bluff (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 Prairie Bluff. 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 Prairie Bluff ...

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 Prairie Bluff.

  • Typical abbreviation for Prairie Bluff: Prairie Blf. (or less commonly used: Prairie Bluf.)

Newspapers Published in Prairie Bluff ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Prairie Bluff.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Prairie Bluff, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Prairie Bluff.

Cemeteries Near Prairie Bluff ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Prairie Bluff.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Prairie Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Young Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Becks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shell Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rehoboth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Welcome Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gastonburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McMillan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gross Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Mendenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Canton Bend Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Irby Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Pritchard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sand Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pledger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pigeonfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sandhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hardy Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hennon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wilsor Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Sodom Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pettway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hotel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boiling Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Athens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dunaway Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bridges Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Boykin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Christian Light Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sidney 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 Prairie Bluff had a population of 156 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Boiling Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Prairie Bluff
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Boiling Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Rehoboth   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Prairie Bluff
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Rehoboth had a post office and no railroad service
Bethel   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Prairie Bluff
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bethel had a post office and no railroad service
Gastonburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Prairie Bluff
 - Gastonburg had a post office and no railroad service
Catherine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Prairie Bluff
 - Catherine had a post office and railroad service
Crumptonia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Prairie Bluff
 - Crumptonia had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwest   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Prairie Bluff
 - Rockwest had a post office and no railroad service
Lamison   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Prairie Bluff
 - Lamison had a post office and railroad service
Central Mills   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Prairie Bluff
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Central Mills 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 Prairie Bluff. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Prairie Bluff 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Prairie Bluff is located in Wilcox County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wilcox County: Butler, Clarke, Dallas, Lowndes, Marengo & Monroe.

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

Wilcox     (The home county for Prairie Bluff)
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Catherine   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coy   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Safford   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Browns   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Benton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Providence   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 it should be mentioned 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 Prairie Bluff:

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 Wilcox County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Wilcox County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Wilcox 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 Prairie Bluff ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Wilcox County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Prairie Bluff. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1343, Longitude: -87.4036     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Prairie Bluff 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 Prairie Bluff, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Prairie Bluff.


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