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Bankston, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bankston ...

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 Bankston (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 Bankston. 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 Bankston ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bankston.

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

Cemeteries Near Bankston ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bankston.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Bankston Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cleveland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Phillips Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Vick & Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Berry City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Davis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethabara Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW South Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Madison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Panter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Whitson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Zion Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Melton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Willingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Alta Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fowler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N New Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Unity Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Willingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hollingsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Panter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Enis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mayfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New River Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sterling Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Boley Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shirley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fayette City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Caines Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Savage Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Brotherton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gibson Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Frost Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bankhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wade 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Bankston had a post office and railroad service.

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

Berry   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Bankston
 - Berry had railroad service and no post office
Stough   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bankston
 - Stough had a post office and no railroad service
New Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Bankston
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - New Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
Alta   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Bankston
 - Alta had railroad service and no post office
Newtonville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bankston
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Newtonville had a post office and no railroad service
Corona   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bankston
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Corona had a post office and railroad service
Covin   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Bankston
 - Covin had railroad service and no post office
Patton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Bankston
 - 1895 population of 378 people
 - Patton 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 Bankston. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bankston 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Bankston is located in Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Bankston)
      Berry   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Belk   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Media   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Adger   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Concord   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Alden   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Millport   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Reform   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McShan   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Echola   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Northport   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coker   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Holt   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corona   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Patton   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Townley   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Bankston:

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 Fayette County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Bankston:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bankston.
      See our Misc Page for Bankston for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Fayette County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bankston. 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 'straight-line' distance starting from Bankston. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bankston) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bankston. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6715, Longitude: -87.6714     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bankston 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 Bankston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bankston.