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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunny South ...

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 Sunny South (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 Sunny South. 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 Sunny South ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunny South.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunny South, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sunny South.

Cemeteries Near Sunny South ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunny South.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Airmount Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Independence Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Enon Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  W Finley Crossing Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Tutt Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Danzy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Lane Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Collier Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE St. Johns Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Shamburger Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shields Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Enon Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE DeVan Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Arbor Cemetery [Map]      
  N Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Union Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Mt. Andrew Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Choctaw Corner Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW McFadden Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Tate Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Goshen Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE St. Matthews Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Morrisette Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Tate Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Lower Peach Tree Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Tait Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shop Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Christian Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Living Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Thornhill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hosea Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dunning Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dixon 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 in 1895, Sunny South had a post office and railroad service.

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

Atkeison   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Sunny South
 - Atkeison had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pine Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sunny South
 - 1895 population of 84 people (with 919 people in 2015)
 - Pine Hill had a post office and railroad service
 
Vineland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sunny South
 - Vineland had a post office and no railroad service
 
Culpeper   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sunny South
 - Culpeper had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kimbrough   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sunny South
 - Kimbrough had a post office and railroad service
 
Ellison - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ellison was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sunny South
 - Ellison had a post office and no railroad service
 
Choctaw Corner   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunny South
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Choctaw Corner had a post office and no railroad service
 
Thomasville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunny South
 - 1895 population of 291 people (with 4,051 people in 2015)
 - Thomasville had a post office and railroad service
 
Arlington   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sunny South
 - Arlington had a post office and railroad service
 
Clayhill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sunny South
 - Clayhill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hampden   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Sunny South
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Hampden 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 Sunny South. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunny South 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Sunny South 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 Sunny South. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Sunny South:

  DirectionDistance
Wilcox     (The home county for Sunny South)
      Pine Hill   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Camden   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Choctaw
      Pennington   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Butler   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Needham   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Clarke
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Dallas
      Safford   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Hale
      Gallion   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Marengo
      Vineland   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Linden   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Monroe
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Perry
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Washington
      Frankville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Sunny South:

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 Wilcox County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale 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    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Wilcox County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 Sunny South ...

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

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 Sunny South:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Sunny South.
      See our Misc Page for Sunny South for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Wilcox County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sunny South. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Sunny South. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sunny South) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunny South. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9649, Longitude: -87.6400     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunny South 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 Sunny South, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sunny South.



 
 
 

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