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Coal Bluff, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Coal Bluff ...

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 Coal Bluff (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 Coal Bluff. 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 Coal Bluff ...

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 Coal Bluff.

  • Typical abbreviation for Coal Bluff: Coal Blf. (or less commonly used: Coal Bluf.)

Newspapers Published in Coal Bluff ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Coal Bluff.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Coal Bluff, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Coal Bluff.

Cemeteries Near Coal Bluff ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Coal Bluff.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Tait Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Burford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tait Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Tait Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE McPherson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sand Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Andrew Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S New Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McCarty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Capell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mendenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shields Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shamburger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Pledger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Dees Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wheeler Quarter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McIntosh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lower Peach Tree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tinela Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hybart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Canton Bend Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McCaskill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pigeonfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Independence 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 Coal Bluff in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Coal Bluff.

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

Yellow Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Coal Bluff
 - 1895 population of 30 people (with 176 people in 2016)
 - Yellow Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Coy   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Coal Bluff
 - Coy had a post office and no railroad service
Nellie   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Coal Bluff
 - Nellie had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwest   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Coal Bluff
 - Rockwest had a post office and no railroad service
Culpeper   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Coal Bluff
 - Culpeper had a post office and no railroad service
Lower Peach Tree   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Coal Bluff
 - 1895 population of 208 people
 - Lower Peach Tree had a post office and no railroad service
Tinela   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Coal Bluff
 - Tinela had a post office and no railroad service
Camden   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Coal Bluff
 - 1895 population of 545 people (with 1,919 people in 2016)
 - Camden had a post office and no railroad service
Kimbrough   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Coal Bluff
 - Kimbrough had a post office and railroad service
Pine Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Coal Bluff
 - 1895 population of 84 people (with 912 people in 2016)
 - Pine Hill had a post office and railroad service
Arlington   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Coal Bluff
 - Arlington 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 Coal Bluff. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Coal Bluff 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.

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

Wilcox     (The home county for Coal Bluff)
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Coy   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alma   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Repton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Safford   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Browns   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Providence   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 Coal Bluff:

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:

Butler 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      
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Wilcox County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Coal Bluff. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9451, Longitude: -87.4383     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Coal Bluff 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 Coal Bluff, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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