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Crenshaw, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Crenshaw ...

So far, we have found very little information about Crenshaw. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Crenshaw to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Crenshaw, please Contact Us.

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 Crenshaw (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 Crenshaw. 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 Crenshaw ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Crenshaw.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Crenshaw, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Crenshaw.

Cemeteries Near Crenshaw ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Crenshaw.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Rivers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jericho Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Zion Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Glovers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little Flanders Field Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Cades Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Sidney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Peter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E New Bethel Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Paradise Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Boiling Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Octagon Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mooring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenlawn Gardens   [Map]     
  NW St. Luke 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.

Crenshaw itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 29 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Dayton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Crenshaw
 - 1895 population of 412 people (with 49 people in 2016)
 - Dayton had a post office and no railroad service
McKinley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Crenshaw
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - McKinley had a post office and no railroad service
Tombigbee - Historic   [Map]
 - While Tombigbee was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Crenshaw
 - Tombigbee had a post office and no railroad service
Williamsburg - Historic   [Map]
 - While Williamsburg was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Crenshaw
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Williamsburg had a post office and no railroad service
Octagon   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Crenshaw
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Octagon had a post office and no railroad service
Central Mills   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Crenshaw
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Central Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Faunsdale   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Crenshaw
 - 1895 population of 211 people (with 92 people in 2016)
 - Faunsdale had a post office and railroad service
Linden   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Crenshaw
 - 1895 population of 206 people (with 1,988 people in 2016)
 - Linden had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Crenshaw
 - 1895 population of 402 people
 - Magnolia 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 Crenshaw. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Crenshaw 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Crenshaw is historic, it would have been located within present day Marengo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marengo County: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Perry, Sumter & Wilcox.

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

Marengo     (The home county for Crenshaw)
      Thomaston   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Providence   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Linden   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Butler   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Safford   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Selma   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Akron   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Marion   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ward   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Epes   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coy   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Crenshaw:

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 Marengo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter 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 Marengo County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marengo 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 Crenshaw ...

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

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 Crenshaw:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Crenshaw.
      See our Misc Page for Crenshaw for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Marengo County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Crenshaw, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Crenshaw. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Crenshaw) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Crenshaw. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Crenshaw

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Crenshaw. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2999, Longitude: -87.6158     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Crenshaw have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Crenshaw.