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Blackwood, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Blackwood ...

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 Blackwood (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 Blackwood. 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 Blackwood ...

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 65 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blackwood.

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

Cemeteries Near Blackwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Blackwood.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Blackwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blackwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kirklands Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Christian Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Sylvan Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE West Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE East Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Newville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Union Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Old Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gardens of Memory Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Wiggins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Omega Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Echo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tolbert Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pinckard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gates of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Roeville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mims Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Newman Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woodham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Pleasant Plains Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Granberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lee 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 Blackwood in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Blackwood.

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

Headland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Blackwood
 - 1895 population of 417 people (with 4,741 people in 2016)
 - Headland had a post office and no railroad service
Echo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Blackwood
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Echo had a post office and no railroad service
Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Blackwood
 - Midland City had a post office and railroad service
Tidwell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Blackwood
 - Tidwell had a post office and no railroad service
Balkum   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Blackwood
 - Balkum had a post office and no railroad service
Bertha   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Blackwood
 - Bertha had a post office and no railroad service
Ewell   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Blackwood
 - Ewell had a post office and no railroad service
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Blackwood
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 1,459 people in 2016)
 - Newton 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 Blackwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blackwood 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 and hospitals 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.

Blackwood is located in Henry County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Henry County: Barbour, Dale, Houston, Clay (GA) & Early (GA).

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

Henry     (The home county for Blackwood)
      Newville   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Headland   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Graball   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jack   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elba   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Newton   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Black   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Webb   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Parish   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avon   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Columbia   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Calhoun (GA)
      Arlington (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 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 Blackwood:

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 Henry County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee 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    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early 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    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Henry County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blackwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3874, Longitude: -85.4083     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blackwood 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 Blackwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Blackwood.