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Thomaston, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Thomaston ...

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 Thomaston (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 Thomaston. 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 the area of Thomaston ...

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 Thomaston.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Thomaston. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Thomaston and those printed in the larger area surrounding Thomaston.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> of Thomaston.

Cemeteries Near Thomaston ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thomaston.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Rivers Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Holt Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Glovers Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jericho Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cades Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Zion Campground Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Sidney Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bethel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Little Flanders Field Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW St. Mathews Cemetery [Map]      
  N Black Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW St. Peter Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Paradise Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Bethel Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Octagon Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mooring Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mormons Cemetery [Map]      
  S Goose Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Boiling Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Tabernacle Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Christian Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cedar Grove 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 Thomaston in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Thomaston.

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

Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]
 - While Crenshaw was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Thomaston
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Crenshaw had a post office and no railroad service
Dayton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Thomaston
 - 1895 population of 412 people (with 50 people in 2015)
 - Dayton had a post office and no railroad service
McKinley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thomaston
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - McKinley had a post office and no railroad service
Williamsburg - Historic   [Map]
 - While Williamsburg was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Thomaston
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Williamsburg had a post office and no railroad service
Octagon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Thomaston
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Octagon had a post office and no railroad service
Tombigbee - Historic   [Map]
 - While Tombigbee was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Thomaston
 - Tombigbee had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thomaston
 - 1895 population of 402 people
 - Magnolia had a post office and no railroad service
Lamison   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Thomaston
 - Lamison 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 Thomaston. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thomaston 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Thomaston is located in Marengo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marengo County: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Perry, Sumter & Wilcox.

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

Marengo     (The home county for Thomaston)
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Providence   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Linden   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Butler   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Safford   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Selma   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Marion   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ward   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coy   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Thomaston:

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 Marengo 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    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale 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    
Sumter 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 Marengo County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marengo 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Marengo County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Thomaston. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Thomaston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thomaston. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2683, Longitude: -87.6237     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thomaston 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 Thomaston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Thomaston.


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