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Sardis, Alabama
(Crenshaw County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sardis ...

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 Sardis (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 Sardis. 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 Sardis ...

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sardis.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sardis, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sardis.

Cemeteries Near Sardis ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sardis.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cauthens Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dry Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Philadelphia Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Petrey Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Panola Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Fair Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  W Spring Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WNW King Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Vernledge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Armstrong Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Head Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Garner Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Perdue Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Black Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  S Lightfoot Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Stephens Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Fannin Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sentell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oak Bowery 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 Sardis in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sardis.

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

Saville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sardis
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Saville had a post office and no railroad service
Highland Home   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Sardis
 - Highland Home had a post office and no railroad service
Bradleyton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Sardis
 - Bradleyton had a post office and railroad service
Lapine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sardis
 - Lapine had a post office and railroad service
Honoraville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sardis
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Honoraville had a post office and no railroad service
Live Oak   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sardis
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Live Oak had a post office and no railroad service
Petrey   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sardis
 - Petrey had a post office and railroad service
Naftel   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Sardis
 - Naftel had a post office and railroad service
Patsburg   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sardis
 - Patsburg had a post office and railroad service

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

Sardis is located in Crenshaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Crenshaw County: Butler, Coffee, Covington, Lowndes, Montgomery & Pike.

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

Crenshaw     (The home county for Sardis)
      Highland Home   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Perote   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elba   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Heath   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Benton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Grady   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ada   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Orion   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Troy   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Banks   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Awin   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Furman   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Sardis:

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 Crenshaw 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    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas 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    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike 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 Crenshaw County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Crenshaw 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 Sardis. 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 beginning in Sardis. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sardis) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sardis. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9029, Longitude: -86.3158     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sardis 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 Sardis, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sardis.


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