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Alfalfa, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Alfalfa ...

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 Alfalfa (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 Alfalfa. 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 Alfalfa ...

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 55 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alfalfa.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Alfalfa, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Alfalfa.

Cemeteries Near Alfalfa ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alfalfa.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE John the Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  WSW Memorial Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Evening Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E St. Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Gilfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Green Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Green Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Spring Hill Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Willis - Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Longer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Luke Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Allenville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Casemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Arington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Evening Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Birdine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Eaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Micken Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hunter Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Houpt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Palestine Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Millers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Creehill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Alex Chapel Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brasfield 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.<3>

While we didn't find Alfalfa in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Alfalfa.

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

Gallion   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Alfalfa
 - Gallion had a post office and railroad service
Demopolis   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Alfalfa
 - 1895 population of 1,898 people (with 7,019 people in 2016)
 - Demopolis had a post office and railroad service
Arcola   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Alfalfa
 - Arcola had a post office and no railroad service
Old Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Alfalfa
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Old Spring Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Cedarville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Alfalfa
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Cedarville had a post office and no railroad service
Tombigbee - Historic   [Map]
 - While Tombigbee was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Alfalfa
 - Tombigbee had a post office and no railroad service
Laneville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Alfalfa
 - Laneville had a post office and no railroad service
McDowell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Alfalfa
 - McDowell had a post office and railroad service
Faunsdale   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Alfalfa
 - 1895 population of 211 people (with 92 people in 2016)
 - Faunsdale had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Alfalfa. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Alfalfa 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 south 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.

Alfalfa is located in 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 Alfalfa. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Alfalfa:

Marengo     (The home county for Alfalfa)
      Demopolis   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Providence   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Linden   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Butler   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Browns   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Safford   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lizzieville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Union   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Akron   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      The Village   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Marion   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Epes   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Derby   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ward   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      York   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 either 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 Alfalfa:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Marengo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

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
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Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Marengo County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alfalfa. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5104, Longitude: -87.7645     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alfalfa 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:

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<3>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 Alfalfa, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Alfalfa.