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Boykin, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Boykin ...

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 Boykin (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 Boykin. 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 Boykin ...

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 Boykin.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Boykin, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Boykin.

Cemeteries Near Boykin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Boykin.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Sandhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pettway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sodom Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hotel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Irby Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Pigeonfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Young Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bridges Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Boykin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Becks Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Canton Bend Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McMillan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Old St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pledger Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McIntosh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Older Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Society Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Athens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wheeler Quarter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McMillan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Prairie Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Sand Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tait Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCaskill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Turner Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mendenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Capell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Molette Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Seale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rehoboth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bennett 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>

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

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

Camden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Boykin
 - 1895 population of 545 people (with 1,919 people in 2016)
 - Camden had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwest   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Boykin
 - Rockwest had a post office and no railroad service
Millers Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Boykin
 - Millers Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Tilden   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Boykin
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Tilden had a post office and no railroad service
Portland - Historic   [Map]
 - While Portland was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Boykin
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Portland had a post office and no railroad service
Prairie Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Boykin
 - 1895 population of 156 people
 - Prairie Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Crumptonia   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Boykin
 - Crumptonia had a post office and no railroad service
Tasso   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Boykin
 - Tasso 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 Boykin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Boykin 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.

Boykin is located in Wilcox County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wilcox County: Butler, Clarke, Dallas, Lowndes, Marengo & Monroe.

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

Wilcox     (The home county for Boykin)
      Camden   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Furman   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Safford   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Browns   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Benton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Providence   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Boykin:

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 Wilcox County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Wilcox County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Boykin. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Boykin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boykin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0777, Longitude: -87.2806     [Map].

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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 Boykin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Boykin.