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Zion, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Zion ...

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 Zion (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 Zion. 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 Zion ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Zion.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Zion, 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 Zion.

Cemeteries Near Zion ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Zion.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Doublebranches Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hannah Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Doublebranches Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Big Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Crossroads Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Marvin Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Hargrove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Winn Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Moores Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Greenhill Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SW Greenhill Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSW Sand Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gordo City Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dunns Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Dunn Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mayfield Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Unity Grove Upper Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Unity Grove Lower Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ashcraft Corner Cemetery [Map]      
  E McGee Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Unity Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Browns Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Linebarge Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW New Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hamilton Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Old Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Arbor Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Elmore Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Wilburn Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Tabernacle Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  E Traweek Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Phillips Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Shepherd Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Shepherd Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dorroh Cemetery [Map]      
  N Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  W Arbor Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Summers Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  S Center Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dennis Springer Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethabara Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Kemp Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rogers Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Wommack Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NE El Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gravlee Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wright Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Thompson 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 Zion in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Zion.

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

Moore's Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Moore's Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Bell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Zion
 - Bell had a post office and no railroad service
Gordo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,687 people in 2015)
 - Gordo had a post office and no railroad service
Palmetto   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Zion
 - Palmetto had a post office and no railroad service
Reform   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 28 people (with 1,632 people in 2015)
 - Reform had a post office and no railroad service
Newtonville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Newtonville had a post office and no railroad service
Kennedy   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 312 people (with 428 people in 2015)
 - Kennedy had a post office and railroad service
Coal Fire   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Coal Fire had a post office and no railroad service
Samantha   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East (E) from Zion
 - Samantha 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 Zion. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Zion 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.

Zion is located in Pickens County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pickens County: Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Pickens     (The home county for Zion)
      Gordo   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belk   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Guin   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Twin   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Panola   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Northport   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corona   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Townley   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Zion:

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 Pickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Fayette 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    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Pickens County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Pickens 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Zion. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4212, Longitude: -87.8775     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Zion 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 Zion, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Zion.


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