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Our Genealogical Helper for Waterford ...

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 Waterford (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 Waterford. 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 Waterford ...

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 67 newspapers that have been published in the area around Waterford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Waterford, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Waterford.

Cemeteries Near Waterford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Waterford.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Newton City Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Woodham Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Newman Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Lee Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Mims Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Dean Church Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pinckard Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  N Johnstown Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW New Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Campground Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Daleville Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNW Claybank Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Travelers Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sylvan Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Enon Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Christian Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bay Springs 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 Waterford in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Waterford.

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

Newton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Waterford
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 1,472 people in 2015)
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ewell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Waterford
 - Ewell had a post office and no railroad service
 
Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Waterford
 - Midland City had a post office and railroad service
 
Daleville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Waterford
 - 1895 population of 76 people (with 5,141 people in 2015)
 - Daleville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ozark   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Waterford
 - 1895 population of 1,195 people (with 14,719 people in 2015)
 - Ozark had a post office and railroad service
 
Level Plains   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Waterford
 - Level Plains had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clayhatchee   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Waterford
 - Clayhatchee had a post office and no railroad service
 
Echo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Waterford
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Echo 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 Waterford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Waterford 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Waterford is located in Dale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dale County: Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, Houston & Pike.

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

  DirectionDistance
Dale     (The home county for Waterford)
      Newton   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Pinckard   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
 
Barbour
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Coffee
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elba   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Covington
      County Line   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Opp   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Crenshaw
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Geneva
      Malvern   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Black   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Samson   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Henry
      Headland   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Newville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Houston
      Dothan   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Parish   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Avon   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Pike
      Brundidge   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Troy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Waterford:

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 Dale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waterford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3527, Longitude: -85.6013     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Waterford 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 Waterford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Waterford.



 
 
 

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