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Catherine, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Catherine ...

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 Catherine (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 Catherine. 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 Catherine ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Catherine.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Catherine, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Catherine.

Cemeteries Near Catherine ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Catherine.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shell Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gastonburg Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Boiling Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Prairie Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rehoboth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Welcome Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wilsor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sidney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Dunaway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pritchard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hennon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hardy Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Christian Light Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Bethel Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Goose Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Glovers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mormons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mendenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Becks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McMillan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Athens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jericho 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, Catherine had a post office and railroad service.

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

Gastonburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Catherine
 - Gastonburg had a post office and no railroad service
Bethel   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Catherine
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bethel had a post office and no railroad service
Boiling Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Catherine
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Boiling Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Prairie Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Catherine
 - 1895 population of 156 people
 - Prairie Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Rehoboth   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Catherine
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Rehoboth had a post office and no railroad service
Millers Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Catherine
 - Millers Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Lamison   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Catherine
 - Lamison had a post office and railroad service
Central Mills   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Catherine
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Central Mills had a post office and no railroad service
McKinley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Catherine
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - McKinley 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 Catherine. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Catherine 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and 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.

Catherine 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 Catherine. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Catherine:

Wilcox     (The home county for Catherine)
      Alberta   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coy   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Safford   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Browns   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Benton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Providence   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Linden   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Catherine:

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:

Choctaw 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    
Greene 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Catherine ...

While our initial data for Catherine came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Catherine 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 Catherine.

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 Catherine:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Catherine.
      See our Misc Page for Catherine for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Wilcox County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Catherine. 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 that starts in Catherine. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Catherine) 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 Catherine. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Catherine

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Catherine. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1848, Longitude: -87.4695     [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 Catherine, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Catherine.