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Cecil, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cecil ...

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 Cecil (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 Cecil. 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 Cecil ...

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 138 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cecil.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cecil, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cecil.

Cemeteries Near Cecil ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cecil.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Judkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brighter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hardt Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Gilmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Meriwether Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lucas Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oswalt Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Manning Springs / McDade Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Birch Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Silah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Panhandle Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tysonville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grace Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Meigs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gilder Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ashurst Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Hickory Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Orange Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pinkston Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Perrys Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Dawson Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Peter Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fitzpatrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hardaway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ambers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sweet Gum Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Anthony 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 Cecil in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Cecil.

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

Mount Meigs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cecil
 - 1895 population of 139 people
 - Mount Meigs had a post office and railroad service
Pike Road   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Cecil
 - 1895 population of 62 people (with 8,777 people in 2016)
 - Pike Road had a post office and railroad service
Cross Keys   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cecil
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Cross Keys had a post office and no railroad service
Shorter   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cecil
 - Shorter had railroad service and no post office
Perry's Mill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Cecil
 - Perry's Mill had railroad service and no post office
La Place   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cecil
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - La Place had a post office and no railroad service
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Cecil
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Ware had a post office and no railroad service
Barachias   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Cecil
 - 1895 population of 44 people
 - Barachias had a post office and no railroad service
Shopton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cecil
 - Shopton 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 Cecil. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cecil 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.

Cecil is located in Montgomery County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Montgomery County: Autauga, Bullock, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon & Pike.

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

Montgomery     (The home county for Cecil)
      Waugh   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      New Town   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ada   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Booth   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Perote   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Equality   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Claud   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Titus   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Orion   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Troy   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Banks   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Cecil:

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 Montgomery County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee 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    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Communities in Alabama

About Montgomery County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Montgomery County: www.mc-ala.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Cecil. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cecil) 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 Cecil. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cecil

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cecil. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3026, Longitude: -86.0086     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cecil 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 Cecil, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cecil.