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China Grove, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for China Grove ...

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 China Grove (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 China Grove. 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 China Grove ...

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 China Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for China Grove: China Grv.

Newspapers Published in China Grove ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around China Grove.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of China Grove, 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 China Grove.

Cemeteries Near China Grove ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of China Grove.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW China Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Dennis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW McNeil - Townsend Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Bethesda Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Orion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pickett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Tick Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Barnette Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cornerstone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Possum Trot Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Frazer - McLeod Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Williams & Andrew Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E High Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Haines Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hills Chapel 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 China Grove had a population of 206 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Mount Hillard   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from China Grove
 - 1895 population of 195 people
 - Mount Hillard had a post office and no railroad service
Orion   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from China Grove
 - 1895 population of 172 people
 - Orion had a post office and no railroad service
Hector   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from China Grove
 - Hector had a post office and no railroad service
Shopton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from China Grove
 - Shopton had a post office and no railroad service
Postoak   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from China Grove
 - Postoak had a post office and no railroad service
Pine Level   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from China Grove
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Pine Level had a post office and no railroad service
Center Point   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from China Grove
 - Center Point had a post office and no railroad service
Curry   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from China Grove
 - Curry had a post office and no railroad service
Linwood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from China Grove
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Linwood had a post office and railroad service
Omega   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from China Grove
 - Omega 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 China Grove. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring China Grove 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.

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

Pike     (The home county for China Grove)
      Orion   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Troy   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Banks   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clio   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Comer   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Perote   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Midway   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jack   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Claud   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Grady   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ada   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 China Grove:

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    
Elmore 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    
Tallapoosa 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 China Grove ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Pike County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in China Grove. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0296, Longitude: -85.9447     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for China Grove 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 China Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for China Grove.