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Our Genealogy Helper for Bonita ...

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 Bonita (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Bonita. 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.

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 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.

Bonita is located in Autauga County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Autauga County: Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes & Montgomery.

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

  DirDistance
Autauga     (The home county for Bonita)
  Fremont   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Jones   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Billingsley   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Autaugaville   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Gibbons - Historic   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Booth   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  White City   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pine Level   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Prattville   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Marbury   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
 
Bibb
  Lawley   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Randolph   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Oakley   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  East Town   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Centreville   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Brierfield   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brent   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Scottsville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Chilton
  Stanton   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Maplesville   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Clanton   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Mountain Creek   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Verbena   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Thorsby   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Jemison   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Coosa
  Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Dallas
  Burnsville   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Plantersville   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Valley Grande   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Tyler   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Selma   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sunset Mill Village   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Sardis   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Old Town   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cahaba - Historic   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Marion Junction   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Orrville   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Browns   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Minter   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Elmore
  Deatsville   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Millbrook   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Coosada   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Elmore   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Holtville   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Titus   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wetumpka   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Blue Ridge   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Lowndes
  Benton   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  White Hall   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Burkville   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lowndesboro   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Mosses   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Gordonville   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hayneville   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bragg's   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Letohatchee   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Montgomery
  Gibbs Village   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Highland Village   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Young Forte Village   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  New Town   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  English Village   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Capitol Heights   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hope Hull   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sunshine Village   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pintlala   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Perry
  Oakmulgee   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sprott   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Marion   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  The Village   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Shelby
  Wilton   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Montevallo   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Calera   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pine Grove Village   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wilcox
  Furman   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Snow Hill   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Alberta   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Bonita ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bonita.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Bonita covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Bishop Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Milton Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Home Aid Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Coee Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Tyrus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Deramus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Plantersville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Peeples Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Alpine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Kelso Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Luke Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW DuBose Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Everdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hinton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Billingsley Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Bonita ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bonita.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bonita, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bonita.

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 Bonita in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bonita.

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

Milton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Bonita
 - Milton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Statesville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Bonita
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Statesville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Burnsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bonita
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Burnsville had a post office and railroad service
 
Mulberry   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bonita
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Mulberry had a post office and no railroad service
 
Vine Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bonita
 - Vine Hill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Independence   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bonita
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Independence had a post office and no railroad service
 
Plantersville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bonita
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Plantersville had a post office and railroad service
 
Billingsley   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bonita
 - 1895 population of 16 people (with 138 people in 2017)
 - Billingsley 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 Bonita. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bonita in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Bonita:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Autauga County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Chilton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Coosa County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dallas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Elmore County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lowndes County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Montgomery County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Perry County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Shelby County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wilcox County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Autauga County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bonita. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bonita) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bonita. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5446, Longitude: -86.8283     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bonita 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 Bonita, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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This page was last modified: 19 Jan 2019