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Blairs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Blairs ...

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 Blairs (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 Blairs. 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.

Name Variations for Blairs ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Blairs.

  • While the name of this community is Blairs, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Blairs may originally have been Blair's.

Newspapers Published in Blairs ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blairs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Blairs, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Blairs.

Cemeteries Near Blairs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Blairs.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E New Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rhoades Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Kinston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brooklyn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Alberton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Weeks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sweet Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ino Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Friendship Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oakey Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Crews Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sanford Baptist Church 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 Blairs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Blairs.

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

Alberton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Blairs
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Alberton had a post office and no railroad service
Opine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Blairs
 - Opine had a post office and no railroad service
Green Bay   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Blairs
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Green Bay had a post office and no railroad service
Wiggins   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Blairs
 - Wiggins had a post office and no railroad service
Curtis   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Blairs
 - Curtis had a post office and no railroad service
Damascus   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Blairs
 - Damascus had a post office and no railroad service
Elba   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Blairs
 - 1895 population of 285 people (with 3,893 people in 2016)
 - Elba had a post office and no railroad service
Edwardsville   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Blairs
 - Edwardsville had a post office and no railroad service
Rose Hill   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Blairs
 - Rose Hill 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 Blairs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blairs 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 and doctors 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.

Blairs is located in Covington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Covington County: Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Escambia, Geneva, Okaloosa (FL) & Walton (FL).

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

Covington     (The home county for Blairs)
      County Line   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Opp   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Heath   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Florala   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Elba   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Central City   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Newton   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Samson   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Black   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Troy   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ponce de Leon (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Garden City (FL)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cannon Town (FL)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crestview (FL)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mossy Head (FL)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      De Funiak Springs (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Argyle (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Blairs:

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 Covington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conecuh 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    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva 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    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Covington County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blairs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2641, Longitude: -86.2233     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blairs 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 Blairs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Blairs.