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Williamsburg, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Williamsburg ...

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

We've added Williamsburg to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Williamsburg, 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 Williamsburg (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 Williamsburg. 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 Williamsburg ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Williamsburg.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Williamsburg, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Williamsburg.

Cemeteries Near Williamsburg ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Williamsburg.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Mooring Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Paradise Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Octagon Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Laurel Presbyterian Cemetery [Map]      
  S Living Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Christian Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Hosea Cemetery [Map]      
  S Shop Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mormons Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Holt Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N St. Peter Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Goose Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cades Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Berry Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rivers Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Dunning Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Glovers Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Rembert Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Pearson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Dixon Cemetery [Map]      
  S Arbor Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SE St. Matthews Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Dunaway Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jericho Cemetery [Map]      
  W Beaver Creek Baptist 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.

Williamsburg itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 30 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Octagon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Williamsburg
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Octagon had a post office and no railroad service
Shiloh   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Williamsburg
 - 1895 population of 111 people
 - Shiloh had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Williamsburg
 - 1895 population of 402 people
 - Magnolia had a post office and no railroad service
Moss - Historic   [Map]
 - While Moss was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Williamsburg
 - Moss had a post office and no railroad service
Hampden   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Williamsburg
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Hampden had a post office and no railroad service
Lamison   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Williamsburg
 - Lamison had a post office and railroad service
Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]
 - While Crenshaw was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Williamsburg
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Crenshaw had a post office and no railroad service
Linden   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Williamsburg
 - 1895 population of 206 people (with 2,025 people in 2015)
 - Linden had a post office and no railroad service
Rembert   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Williamsburg
 - Rembert had a post office and no railroad service
Sweet Water   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Williamsburg
 - 1895 population of 140 people (with 246 people in 2015)
 - Sweet Water 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 Williamsburg. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Williamsburg 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 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.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marengo County: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Perry, Sumter & Wilcox.

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

Marengo     (The home county for Williamsburg)
      Magnolia   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Providence   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Butler   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Needham   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Safford   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Marion   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ward   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      York   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Williamsburg:

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 Marengo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Marengo County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

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 Williamsburg, 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 Williamsburg. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Williamsburg) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Williamsburg. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1860, Longitude: -87.7070     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Williamsburg have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Williamsburg.


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