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Big Eddy, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Big Eddy ...

So far, we have found very little information about Big Eddy. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Big Eddy to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Big Eddy, please Contact Us.

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 Big Eddy (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 Big Eddy. 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 Big Eddy ...

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 113 newspapers that have been published in the area around Big Eddy.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Big Eddy, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Big Eddy.

Cemeteries Near Big Eddy ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Big Eddy.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Haven of Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tennille Chapel AME Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Memory Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Old Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Ivey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shorte Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. McKeithan Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<4>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Glenville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hogan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Browder Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Glennville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bascom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pataula Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McClendon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE James Templeton 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.

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

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

Howe   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Big Eddy
 - Howe had a post office and no railroad service
Eufaula   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Big Eddy
 - 1895 population of 4,394 people (with 12,404 people in 2016)
 - Eufaula had a post office and railroad service
Hawkinsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Big Eddy
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Hawkinsville had a post office and no railroad service
Tullis   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Big Eddy
 - Tullis had railroad service and no post office
Georgetown (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Big Eddy
 - 1895 population of 348 people (with 973 people in 2000)
 - Georgetown had a post office and railroad service
Glenville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Big Eddy
 - 1895 population of 282 people
 - Glenville had a post office and no railroad service
Jernigan   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Big Eddy
 - 1895 population of 89 people
 - Jernigan had a post office and no railroad service
Batesville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Big Eddy
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Batesville had a post office and railroad service
Omaha (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Big Eddy
 - Omaha 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 Big Eddy. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Big Eddy 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Big Eddy is historic, it would have been located within present day Barbour County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Barbour County: Bullock, Dale, Henry, Pike, Russell, Clay (GA), Quitman (GA) & Stewart (GA).

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

Barbour     (The home county for Big Eddy)
      Eufaula   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Comer   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clio   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Midway   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Perote   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Graball   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Capps   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Seale   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
Calhoun (GA)
      Edison (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cusseta (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Cuthbert (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shellman (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lumpkin (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Richland (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
Terrell (GA)
      Parrott (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Webster (GA)
      Weston (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Preston (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Big Eddy:

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 Barbour County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Terrell County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Big Eddy, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Eddy. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9904, Longitude: -85.1374     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Big Eddy have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>AME is an abbreviation for the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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<4>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Big Eddy.