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Dempsey, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Dempsey ...

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 Dempsey (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 Dempsey. 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 Dempsey ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Dempsey.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Dempsey, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Dempsey.

Cemeteries Near Dempsey ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Dempsey.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Old Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tompkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Bolin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Nauvoo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Blue Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sparks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bonds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenhill - Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Burnout Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Burntout Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Weatherbee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Mountain Home Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Patterson Strickland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Halltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Osborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Baggett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Site Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lower Pleasant Site Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW McCarley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gober Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCurley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moorman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pounders - Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pounders Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Red Bay City Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pilot Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Grissom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Quinn Memorial Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wingo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Allen - McRight Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McWright Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Steadham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Keelen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCollough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sally Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Key Underwood Coondog Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WNW James 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>

While we didn't find Dempsey in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Dempsey.

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

Belgreen   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Dempsey
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Belgreen had a post office and no railroad service
Rock Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Dempsey
 - Rock Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Site   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Dempsey
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Pleasant Site had a post office and no railroad service
Denton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Denton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Dempsey
 - Denton had a post office and no railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Dempsey
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Dempsey
 - Rockwood had a post office and no railroad service
Red Bay   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Dempsey
 - Red Bay had a post office and no railroad service
Isbell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Dempsey
 - Isbell had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Dempsey
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,815 people in 2016)
 - Russellville 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 Dempsey. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Dempsey 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.

Dempsey is located in Franklin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Franklin County: Colbert, Lawrence, Marion, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Franklin     (The home county for Dempsey)
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Guin   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mantachie (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Lee (MS)
      Mooreville (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baldwyn (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Guntown (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Smithville (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 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 Dempsey:

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Communities in Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dempsey. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4843, Longitude: -87.9498     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Dempsey have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Dempsey.