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Catalpa, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Catalpa ...

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 Catalpa (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 Catalpa. 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 Catalpa ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Catalpa.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Catalpa, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Catalpa.

Cemeteries Near Catalpa ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Catalpa.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Catalpa Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hussey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sandfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Livingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Banks Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Benson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tick Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kendrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brooks Graves   [Map]     
  SE Old Dothan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ramah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Ramah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Williams & Andrew Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cotton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Copeland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Paran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stills Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Perote Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barnette Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Carroll Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Murphree Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Conner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dennis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Driggers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  S County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Inverness Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE High Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Gilead 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Catalpa had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Linwood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Catalpa
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Linwood had a post office and railroad service
Banks   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Catalpa
 - Banks had a post office and no railroad service
Buckhorn   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Catalpa
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Buckhorn had a post office and no railroad service
Josie   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Catalpa
 - Josie had a post office and no railroad service
Omega   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Catalpa
 - Omega had a post office and no railroad service
Pronto   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Catalpa
 - Pronto had a post office and no railroad service
Perote   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Catalpa
 - 1895 population of 195 people
 - Perote had a post office and no railroad service
Postoak   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Catalpa
 - Postoak had a post office and no railroad service
Troy   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Catalpa
 - 1895 population of 3,449 people (with 19,191 people in 2016)
 - Troy had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Catalpa. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Catalpa 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 doctors 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.

Catalpa is located in Pike County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pike County: Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale & Montgomery.

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

Pike     (The home county for Catalpa)
      Banks   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Orion   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clio   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Comer   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Perote   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Midway   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Elba   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Newton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Graball   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Grady   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ada   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 it should be mentioned 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 Catalpa:

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 Pike 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    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Catalpa ...

While our initial data for Catalpa came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Catalpa in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Catalpa.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Catalpa:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Catalpa.
      See our Misc Page for Catalpa for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Pike County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Catalpa. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8796, Longitude: -85.8330     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Catalpa have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Catalpa.