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Scranton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Scranton ...

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 Scranton (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 Scranton. 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 Scranton ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Scranton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Scranton, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Scranton.

Cemeteries Near Scranton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Scranton.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Bellwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cool Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Consolation Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW El Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Coffee Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  NE County Line Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  N Keyton Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Eden Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Moore Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Home Cemetery [Map]      
  N Enterprise City Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Little Elam Cemetery [Map]      
  W Marvin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  S Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Asbury Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Sunset Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  S Eunola Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hartford City Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Whaley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Daleville Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NW Goodman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Haney 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 Scranton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Scranton.

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

Coffee Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Scranton
 - 1895 population of 32 people (with 229 people in 2015)
 - Coffee Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Highfalls   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Scranton
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Highfalls had a post office and no railroad service
High Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Scranton
 - High Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Clayhatchee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Scranton
 - Clayhatchee had a post office and no railroad service
Enterprise   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Scranton
 - Enterprise had a post office and no railroad service
Level Plains   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Scranton
 - Level Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Marl   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Scranton
 - Marl had a post office and no railroad service
Geneva   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Scranton
 - 1895 population of 638 people (with 4,460 people in 2015)
 - Geneva had a post office and no railroad service
Daleville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Scranton
 - 1895 population of 76 people (with 5,141 people in 2015)
 - Daleville had a post office and no railroad service
Dundee   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Scranton
 - Dundee 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 Scranton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Scranton 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 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.

Scranton is located in Geneva County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Geneva County: Coffee, Covington, Dale, Houston, Holmes (FL) & Walton (FL).

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

Geneva     (The home county for Scranton)
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Black   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Samson   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Central City   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elba   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jack   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Opp   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Florala   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lockhart   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Heath   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Headland   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Newville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Parish   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avon   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ponce de Leon (FL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Argyle (FL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      De Funiak Springs (FL)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Washington (FL)
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coosada Old Town (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vernon (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Scranton:

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 Geneva County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour 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    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Geneva County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Geneva 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 Scranton. 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' distance that begins in Scranton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Scranton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Scranton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1930, Longitude: -85.8419     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Scranton 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 Scranton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Scranton.


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