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Our Genealogical Helper for Vera Cruz ...

So far, we have found very little information about Vera Cruz. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Vera Cruz to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Vera Cruz, please Contact Us.




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 Vera Cruz (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 Vera Cruz. 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 Vera Cruz ...

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 73 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vera Cruz.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vera Cruz, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vera Cruz.

Cemeteries Near Vera Cruz ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vera Cruz.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Kervin Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oaky Streak Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oakey Streak Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Brooks Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Consolation Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bushfield Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Riley Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Fairmount Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW South Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Elizabeth Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Mancill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NE St. Lukes Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Able Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Long Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gantt Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oak 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.

Vera Cruz itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Oaky Streak   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Vera Cruz
 - Oaky Streak had a post office and no railroad service
 
Industry   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Vera Cruz
 - Industry had a post office and no railroad service
 
Red Level   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Vera Cruz
 - 1895 population of 61 people (with 490 people in 2015)
 - Red Level had a post office and no railroad service
 
Shell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vera Cruz
 - Shell had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cohassett   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Vera Cruz
 - Cohassett had a post office and no railroad service
 
River Falls   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Vera Cruz
 - River Falls had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pigeon Creek   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Vera Cruz
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Pigeon Creek had a post office and no railroad service
 
Loango   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Vera Cruz
 - Loango 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 Vera Cruz. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vera Cruz 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Vera Cruz is historic, it would have been located within present day Covington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Covington County: Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Escambia, Geneva, Okaloosa (FL) & Walton (FL).

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

  DirectionDistance
Covington     (The home county for Vera Cruz)
      Red Level   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Heath   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Opp   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Butler
      McKenzie   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Coffee
      Elba   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jack   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Conecuh
      Old Town   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Repton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Range   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Crenshaw
      Dozier   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Escambia
      Bradley   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brewton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Brewton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Lowndes
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Monroe
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Montgomery
      Lapine   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grady   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pike
      Goshen   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wilcox
      Awin   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Furman   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Okaloosa (FL)
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Belandville (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Vera Cruz:

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 Covington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe 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    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Covington County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Covington 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
 
Also see ...
      Florida

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Vera Cruz ...

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

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 Vera Cruz:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
 
The GNIS database contains an entry for Vera Cruz.
      See our Misc Page for Vera Cruz for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Covington County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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







Footnotes ...

<1>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 Vera Cruz, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting in Vera Cruz. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Vera Cruz) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vera Cruz. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5099, Longitude: -86.6000     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vera Cruz have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Vera Cruz.



 
 
 

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