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Cortelyou, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cortelyou ...

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 Cortelyou (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 Cortelyou. 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 Cortelyou ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cortelyou.

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

Cemeteries Near Cortelyou ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cortelyou.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Lewis Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cortelyou Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wagarville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Mt. Shady Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Sunflower Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clearwater Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Leroy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N St. Union - Mt. Stoney Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stoker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Old St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Forman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McKenzie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stave Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Level Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Faith Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Richardson 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 Cortelyou in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Cortelyou.

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

Wagar   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cortelyou
 - Wagar had a post office and railroad service
Sunflower   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Cortelyou
 - Sunflower had railroad service and no post office
Carson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Cortelyou
 - Carson had a post office and railroad service
Saint Stephen's   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Cortelyou
 - 1895 population of 387 people
 - Saint Stephen's had a post office and no railroad service
Jackson   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Cortelyou
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 4,907 people in 2016)
 - Jackson had a post office and railroad service
McIntosh   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Cortelyou
 - McIntosh had railroad service and no post office
Salitpa   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Cortelyou
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Salitpa had a post office and no railroad service
Alma   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East (E) from Cortelyou
 - Alma 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 Cortelyou. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cortelyou 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.

Cortelyou is located in Washington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile, Greene (MS) & Wayne (MS).

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

Washington     (The home county for Cortelyou)
      Wagarville   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Sunflower   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Little River   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Perdido   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Silas   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alma   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Movico   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Citronelle   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gulfcrest   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Axis   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chunchula   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Creola   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Excel   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Greene (MS)
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Leakesville (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Carson City (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer websites 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 Cortelyou:

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin 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      
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Washington County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Washington County: www.washingtoncountyalgov.com

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 from Cortelyou. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Cortelyou) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cortelyou. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4235, Longitude: -88.0083     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cortelyou 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 Cortelyou, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cortelyou.