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Verbena, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Verbena ...

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 Verbena (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 Verbena. 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 Verbena ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Verbena.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Verbena, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Verbena.

Cemeteries Near Verbena ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Verbena.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Verbena Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bildee Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Crossroad Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Chestnut Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Marbury Church of God Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Marbury Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mountain Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SE St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Floyd Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  SW New Lily Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Jo Anna Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Aldridge Family Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Eastview Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Oak Grove Church of God Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Maple Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sunny Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Popwell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Providence Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Temple Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Pisgah - Zion Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Manning Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sunshine Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Glad Tidings Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Proctor Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Sinai Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Walnut Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Samaria Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bethsalem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Wilsons Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Refuge Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Chilton County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NW Clanton Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Highland Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Tatum Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Martin Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shiloh 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 Verbena had a population of 756 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Cooper   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Verbena
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Cooper had a post office and railroad service
Mountain Creek   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Verbena
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Mountain Creek had a post office and railroad service
Wadsworth   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Verbena
 - 1895 population of 224 people
 - Wadsworth had a post office and railroad service
Lightwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Verbena
 - Lightwood had a post office and no railroad service
Clanton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Verbena
 - 1895 population of 623 people (with 8,844 people in 2015)
 - Clanton had a post office and railroad service
Coosa River   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Verbena
 - Coosa River had a post office and no railroad service
Dollar   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Verbena
 - Dollar had a post office and no railroad service
Titus   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Verbena
 - Titus 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 Verbena. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Verbena 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 doctors and 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.

Verbena is located in Chilton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chilton County: Autauga, Bibb, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore & Shelby.

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

Chilton     (The home county for Verbena)
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Booth   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Jones   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Town   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brent   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Equality   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Selma   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Titus   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Benton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - 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 Verbena:

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 Chilton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chilton County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chilton 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 Verbena ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Chilton County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Verbena. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Verbena

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Verbena. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7499, Longitude: -86.5114     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Verbena 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 Verbena, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Verbena.


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