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Cuba, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cuba ...

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 Cuba (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 Cuba. 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 Cuba ...

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 66 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cuba.

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

Cemeteries Near Cuba ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cuba.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Cagus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sumter Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE McElroy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Salem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pack Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dulls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE York Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Shamburger Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rocks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Home Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Toomsuba Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pigford Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Shamburger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McMurry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cokes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Millville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Mt. Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lauderdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lauderdale Springs Confederate - Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Center Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Anna York Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Elmwood Memorial Estates   [Map]     
  WNW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hearn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Rawson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Shearon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Friendship 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 Cuba had a population of 220 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Cuba had a population of 317 people.

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

Kewanee (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Cuba
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Kewanee had a post office and railroad service
Dove   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Cuba
 - Dove had a post office and no railroad service
Kinterbish   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cuba
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Kinterbish had a post office and no railroad service
Gaston   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Cuba
 - 1895 population of 138 people
 - Gaston had a post office and no railroad service
Whynot (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Cuba
 - Whynot had a post office and no railroad service
Tamola (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Cuba
 - Tamola had railroad service and no post office
Lockhart (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cuba
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Lockhart had a post office and railroad service
Russell (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Cuba
 - Russell had a post office and no railroad service
Vimville (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Cuba
 - Vimville 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 Cuba. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cuba 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Cuba is located in Sumter County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sumter County: Choctaw, Greene, Marengo, Pickens, Kemper (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Sumter     (The home county for Cuba)
      York   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ward   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Epes   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Butler   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Needham   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Linden   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Providence   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Enterprise (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stonewall (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pachuta (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jasper (MS)
      Fellowship (MS) - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orange (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      De Kalb (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marion (MS)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Meridian (MS)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Nellieburg (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Suqualena (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Collinsville (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
Newton (MS)
      Chunky (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hickory (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - 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 Cuba:

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 Sumter 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      
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jasper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Newton County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Cuba:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Cuba in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Cuba for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Cuba.
      See our Misc Page for Cuba for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Sumter County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Cuba. 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 from Cuba. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cuba) 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 Cuba. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cuba

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cuba. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4304, Longitude: -88.3779     [Map].

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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 Cuba, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cuba.