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Central Mills, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Central Mills ...

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 Central Mills (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 Central Mills. 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 Central Mills ...

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 Central Mills.

  • Typical abbreviation for Central Mills: Central Mls. (or less commonly used: Central Mlls.)

Newspapers Published in Central Mills ...

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 76 newspapers that have been published in the area around Central Mills.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Central Mills, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Central Mills.

Cemeteries Near Central Mills ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Central Mills.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Christian Light Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W New Bethel Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Boiling Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wilsor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Sidney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gastonburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Welcome Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Shell Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Living Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hennon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hardy Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Glovers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rehoboth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Martins Station Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Chapter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Zion Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jericho Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Prairie Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Greenlawn Gardens   [Map]     
  E Orrville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Central Mills had a population of 33 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Safford   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Central Mills
 - Safford had a post office and railroad service
Gastonburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Central Mills
 - Gastonburg had a post office and no railroad service
McKinley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Central Mills
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - McKinley had a post office and no railroad service
Catherine   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Central Mills
 - Catherine had a post office and railroad service
Rehoboth   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Central Mills
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Rehoboth had a post office and no railroad service
Eleanor   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Central Mills
 - Eleanor had a post office and railroad service
Bogue Chitto   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Central Mills
 - Bogue Chitto had a post office and railroad service
Bethel   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Central Mills
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bethel 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 Central Mills. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Central Mills 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Central Mills is located in Dallas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dallas County: Autauga, Chilton, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry & Wilcox.

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

Dallas     (The home county for Central Mills)
      Safford   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Browns   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Selma   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Minter   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jones   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Benton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Providence   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Linden   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coy   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 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 Central Mills:

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 Dallas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Central Mills:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Central Mills.
      See our Misc Page for Central Mills for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Dallas County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Central Mills. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2863, Longitude: -87.4408     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Central Mills 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 Central Mills, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Central Mills.