Our Genealogical Helper for Vidette ...
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 Vidette (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 Vidette. 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 Vidette ...
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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vidette.
Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vidette, 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 Vidette.
Cemeteries Near Vidette ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vidette.
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 Vidette covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.
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.<4>
The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Vidette had a post office and no railroad service.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Vidette, with the one closest to Vidette listed first.
| Luverne [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vidette |
| - || 1895 population of 451 people (with 2,834 people in 2015) |
| - || Luverne had a post office and railroad service |
| Patsburg [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vidette |
| - || Patsburg had a post office and railroad service |
| Hallsville [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Vidette |
| - || Hallsville had railroad service and no post office |
| Live Oak [Map] |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vidette |
| - || 1895 population of 42 people |
| - || Live Oak had a post office and no railroad service |
| Rutledge [Map] |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Vidette |
| - || 1895 population of 314 people (with 459 people in 2015) |
| - || Rutledge had a post office and no railroad service |
| Wingard [Map] |
| - || Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Vidette |
| - || Wingard had a post office and no railroad service |
| Henderson [Map] |
| - || Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Vidette |
| - || 1895 population of 159 people |
| - || Henderson had a post office and no railroad service |
| Little Oak [Map] |
| - || Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Vidette |
| - || Little Oak had a post office and no railroad service |
| Petrey [Map] |
| - || Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Vidette |
| - || Petrey had a post office and railroad service |
| Peacock - Historic [Map] |
| - || While Peacock was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists |
| - || Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Vidette |
| - || Peacock 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 Vidette. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vidette 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 and doctors 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.
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 Vidette:
These websites are specific to Alabama:
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 Crenshaw County:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:
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.
Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Vidette ...
While our initial data for Vidette came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Vidette 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 Vidette.
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 Vidette:|
| ||Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned |
|Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Vidette.|
| See our Misc Page for Vidette for more information.|
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Vidette. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Vidette. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Vidette) to Point B.|
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vidette. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7329, Longitude: -86.1950 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Vidette have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
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|<2>||The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.|
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|<3>||AME is an abbreviation for the African Methodist Episcopal Church|
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|<4>||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 Vidette, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Vidette.