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Our Genealogical Helper for Brightwater ...

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 Brightwater (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 Brightwater. 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 Brightwater ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brightwater.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brightwater, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brightwater.

Cemeteries Near Brightwater ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brightwater.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Brightwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bogueloosa Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Bonner Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Old Lusk Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Paragon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mosley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Zion Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mosley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Smiths Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gilbertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cedar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stroud Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Barrytown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Butler City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bass Everett Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  


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

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

Lusk   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Brightwater
 - Lusk had a post office and no railroad service
Melvin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brightwater
 - Melvin had a post office and no railroad service
Hinton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Brightwater
 - Hinton had a post office and no railroad service
Souwilpa   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Brightwater
 - Souwilpa had a post office and no railroad service
Butler   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Brightwater
 - 1895 population of 178 people (with 1,738 people in 2017)
 - Butler had a post office and no railroad service
Ararat   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Brightwater
 - Ararat had a post office and no railroad service
Emory   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brightwater
 - Emory had a post office and no railroad service
Womack Hill   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Brightwater
 - 1895 population of 410 people
 - Womack Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Sterling   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Brightwater
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Mount Sterling had a post office and no railroad service
Carmichael (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Brightwater
 - Carmichael had a post office and no railroad service
Matherville (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brightwater
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Matherville 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 Brightwater. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brightwater 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Brightwater is located in Choctaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Choctaw County: Clarke, Marengo, Sumter, Washington, Clarke (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Wayne (MS).

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

Choctaw     (The home county for Brightwater)
      Needham   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Toxey   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Butler   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Silas   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ward   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Derby   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      York   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millry   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mehaffey - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Yellow Pine   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shubuta (MS)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stonewall (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Enterprise (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pachuta (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Greene (MS)
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Jasper (MS)
      Orange (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stafford Springs (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vossburg (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fellowship (MS) - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Heidelberg (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kelona (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rose Hill (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Meridian (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marion (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nellieburg (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clara (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 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 Brightwater:

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 Choctaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jasper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Choctaw County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Choctaw 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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Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Choctaw County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brightwater. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9801, Longitude: -88.3542     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brightwater 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:

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

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