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Arrington, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Arrington ...

Although we found mention of Arrington during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Arrington was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

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 Arrington (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 Arrington. 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 Arrington ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Arrington.

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

Cemeteries Near Arrington ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Arrington.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Brewersville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dug Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Arrington Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Livingston Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elmwood Memorial Estates   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Black Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Phares Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Maye Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rocks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  W York 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.<4>

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

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

Coatopa   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Arrington
 - 1895 population of 171 people
 - Coatopa had a post office and railroad service
Livingston   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Arrington
 - 1895 population of 850 people (with 3,454 people in 2016)
 - Livingston had a post office and railroad service
Gaston   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Arrington
 - 1895 population of 138 people
 - Gaston had a post office and no railroad service
McDowell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Arrington
 - McDowell had a post office and railroad service
Belmont   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Arrington
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Belmont had a post office and no railroad service
Tishabee   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Arrington
 - Tishabee had a post office and no railroad service
Jefferson   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Arrington
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Jefferson had a post office and no railroad service
Boyd   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Arrington
 - Boyd had a post office and no railroad service
Cuba   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Arrington
 - 1895 population of 220 people (with 317 people in 2016)
 - Cuba 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 Arrington. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Arrington 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 doctors and 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.

Arrington is located in Sumter County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sumter County: Choctaw, Greene, Marengo, Pickens, Kemper (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Sumter     (The home county for Arrington)
      Bellamy   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Derby   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      York   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ward   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Epes   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Butler   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Needham   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lizzieville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Union   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Akron   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Linden   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Providence   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      The Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      De Kalb (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marion (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Meridian (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nellieburg (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 Arrington:

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 Sumter 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      
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Sumter County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past Arrington and then turned west". While Arrington could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Arrington as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Arrington could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named Arrington.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Arrington. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Arrington) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Arrington. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Arrington

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Arrington. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4846, Longitude: -88.1192     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Arrington have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Arrington, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Arrington.