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Arcus, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Arcus ...

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 Arcus (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 Arcus. 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 Arcus ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Arcus.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Arcus, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Arcus.

Cemeteries Near Arcus ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Arcus.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Rosin Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Victoria Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Wise Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Zions Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW White Water Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Rocky Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hutchson & Russell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hawhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Sharron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shearon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bluff Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pea River Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Selgar Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Strickland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clay Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Prescott Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Brockton City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beaverdam Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boutwell - Bundy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Driskell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lowery 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 Arcus in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Arcus.

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

Victoria   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Arcus
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Victoria had a post office and no railroad service
Tabernacle   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Arcus
 - Tabernacle had a post office and no railroad service
Edwardsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Arcus
 - Edwardsville had a post office and no railroad service
Elba   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Arcus
 - 1895 population of 285 people (with 3,893 people in 2016)
 - Elba had a post office and no railroad service
Clintonville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Arcus
 - 1895 population of 172 people
 - Clintonville had a post office and no railroad service
Henderson   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Arcus
 - 1895 population of 159 people
 - Henderson had a post office and no railroad service
Bullock   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Arcus
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Bullock had a post office and no railroad service
Curtis   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Arcus
 - Curtis 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 Arcus. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Arcus 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Arcus is located in Coffee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coffee County: Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva & Pike.

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

Coffee     (The home county for Arcus)
      Jack   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elba   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Central City   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Perote   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Opp   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heath   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Samson   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Black   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Headland   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grady   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Troy   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Banks   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orion   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 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 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 Arcus:

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 Coffee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Coffee County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Arcus. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5138, Longitude: -85.9752     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Arcus 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Arcus, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Arcus.