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Sawokli, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sawokli ...

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 Sawokli (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 Sawokli. 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 Sawokli ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sawokli.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sawokli, 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 Sawokli.

Cemeteries Near Sawokli ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sawokli.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW McClendon Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Florence Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SSE Trinity Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Thomas Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Mt. Mariah Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Fitzgerald Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Williams Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Browder Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. McKeithan Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Pittsview Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pittsview Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Glenville Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Ivey Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cotton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Glennville Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Zion Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mathis Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE James Templeton Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Providence Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Oswichee Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Tennille Chapel AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bluff Springs AME Church Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Irena Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  


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 Sawokli in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sawokli.

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

Jernigan   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Sawokli
 - 1895 population of 89 people
 - Jernigan had a post office and no railroad service
Omaha (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Sawokli
 - Omaha had a post office and railroad service
Loflin   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sawokli
 - Loflin had a post office and no railroad service
Orletta (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Orletta was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sawokli
 - Orletta had a post office and no railroad service
Glenville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Sawokli
 - 1895 population of 282 people
 - Glenville had a post office and no railroad service
Union (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Sawokli
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Union had a post office and railroad service
Howe   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sawokli
 - Howe had a post office and no railroad service
Oswichee   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sawokli
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Oswichee had a post office and no railroad service
Hawkinsville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sawokli
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Hawkinsville 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 Sawokli. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sawokli 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.

Sawokli is located in Russell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Russell County: Barbour, Bullock, Lee, Macon, Chattahoochee (GA), Muscogee (GA) & Stewart (GA).

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

Russell     (The home county for Sawokli)
      Cottonton   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Seale   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Comer   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Midway   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Perote   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cusseta (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Harris (GA)
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Marion (GA)
      Buena Vista (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Cuthbert (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shellman (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lumpkin (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Richland (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
Sumter (GA)
      Concord (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Plains (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Terrell (GA)
      Parrott (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Webster (GA)
      Weston (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Preston (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 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 Sawokli:

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 Russell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talbot County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Terrell County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Russell County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Russell 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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The Communities of Alabama

About Russell County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sawokli. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1404, Longitude: -85.0541     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sawokli 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 Sawokli, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sawokli.


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