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Deans, Alabama
(Conecuh County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Deans ...

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 Deans (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 Deans. 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 Deans ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Deans.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Deans, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Deans.

Cemeteries Near Deans ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Deans.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Joyner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel West Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Mt. Olive West Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kaiser Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Little Pine Level Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Stamps Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pressley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Maye Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW New Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jenkins Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Garland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Second Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Witherington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Solomon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McClure Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shacklesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Butler Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lone Star 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 Deans in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Deans.

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

Commerce   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Deans
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Commerce had a post office and no railroad service
Bowles   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Deans
 - Bowles had a post office and no railroad service
Starlington   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Deans
 - Starlington had a post office and no railroad service
Skinnerton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Deans
 - Skinnerton had a post office and no railroad service
Garland   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Deans
 - 1895 population of 213 people
 - Garland had a post office and railroad service
Shacklesville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Deans
 - Shacklesville had a post office and no railroad service
Butler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Deans
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Butler Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Wilcox   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Deans
 - Wilcox had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Deans. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Deans 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.

Deans is located in Conecuh County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Conecuh County: Butler, Covington, Escambia & Monroe.

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

Conecuh     (The home county for Deans)
      Evergreen   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Repton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Range   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Heath   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Minter   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brewton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Brewton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Excel   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Awin   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Furman   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 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 Deans:

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 Conecuh County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Deans. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6602, Longitude: -86.9389     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Deans 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 Deans, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Deans.