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Whiton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Whiton ...

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 Whiton (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 Whiton. 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 Whiton ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whiton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Whiton, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Whiton.

Cemeteries Near Whiton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whiton.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Dalrymple Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  S Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McKendree Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Asbury Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Lowrey Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Turnover Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Rooks Cemetery [Map]      
  W Martling Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Clark Cemetery [Map]      
  S Marvin Cemetery [Map]      
  N Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE De Kalb Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Eason Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW New Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Myrtletree Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Forester Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Kirby Cemetery [Map]      
  E Norris Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Blessing Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW King Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Alder Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Woosley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Haney Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New Brashiers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Albertville Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Little Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Memorial Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  S Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  S Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Rainey Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gilbreath Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Greens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Kirby Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Thomason Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Chandler Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Kennamer Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rehobeth Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bethlehem 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 in 1895, Whiton had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Rogers   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Whiton
 - Rogers had a post office and no railroad service
Peters - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peters was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Whiton
 - Peters had a post office and no railroad service
Jink - Historic   [Map]
 - While Jink was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Whiton
 - Jink had a post office and no railroad service
Geraldine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Whiton
 - Geraldine had a post office and no railroad service
McVille   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Whiton
 - McVille had a post office and no railroad service
Grove Oak   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Whiton
 - 1895 population of 210 people
 - Grove Oak had a post office and no railroad service
Martling   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Whiton
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Martling had a post office and no railroad service
Pendergrass - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pendergrass was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Whiton
 - Pendergrass 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 Whiton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whiton 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 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.

Whiton is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Whiton)
      Geraldine   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Powell   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Horton   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eva   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Whiton:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Whiton ...

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

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 Whiton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Whiton.
      See our Misc Page for Whiton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Whiton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for DeKalb County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Whiton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Whiton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whiton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3556, Longitude: -86.0786     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whiton 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 Whiton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Whiton.


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