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Browns Crossroad, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Browns Crossroad ...

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 Browns Crossroad (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 Browns Crossroad. 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 Browns Crossroad ...

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 Browns Crossroad.

  • Typical abbreviation for Browns Crossroad: Browns Xrd.
  • While the name of this community is Browns Crossroad, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Browns Crossroad may originally have been Brown's Crossroad.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Browns Crossroad might be written as Brown Crossroad.

Newspapers Published in Browns Crossroad ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Browns Crossroad.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Browns Crossroad, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Browns Crossroad.

Cemeteries Near Browns Crossroad ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Browns Crossroad.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Mims Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Newman Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Christian Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Woodham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sylvan Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Omega Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Echo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Newton City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kirklands Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Old Dean Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pinckard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blackwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blackwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Travelers Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Claybank Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Wiggins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beersheba Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Post Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Skipperville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Hope 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 Browns Crossroad in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Browns Crossroad.

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

Ewell   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Browns Crossroad
 - Ewell had a post office and no railroad service
Echo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Browns Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Echo had a post office and no railroad service
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Browns Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 1,459 people in 2016)
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
Asbury   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Browns Crossroad
 - Asbury had a post office and no railroad service
Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Browns Crossroad
 - Midland City had a post office and railroad service
Ozark   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Browns Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 1,195 people (with 14,610 people in 2016)
 - Ozark had a post office and railroad service
Skipperville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Browns Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Skipperville had a post office and no railroad service
Bertha   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Browns Crossroad
 - Bertha 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 Browns Crossroad. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Browns Crossroad 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 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.

Browns Crossroad is located in Dale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dale County: Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, Houston & Pike.

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

Dale     (The home county for Browns Crossroad)
      Pinckard   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Perote   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jack   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elba   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      County Line   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Black   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Samson   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Newville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Headland   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Graball   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Parish   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Webb   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Avon   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Columbia   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Troy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - you should note 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 Browns Crossroad:

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 Dale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry 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    
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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Dale County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Dale 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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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 Browns Crossroad. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Browns Crossroad) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Browns Crossroad. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4163, Longitude: -85.5274     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Browns Crossroad 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 Browns Crossroad, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Browns Crossroad.