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Dothan, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Dothan ...

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 Dothan (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 Dothan. 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 the area of Dothan ...

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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Dothan.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Dothan. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Dothan and those printed in the larger area surrounding Dothan.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> of Dothan.

Cemeteries Near Dothan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Dothan.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Dothan City Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Little Vine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gates of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Selma Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Hurts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cowarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gardens of Memory Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Memphis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Bay Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Crestlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lassiter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cowarts Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bluff Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE West Side Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Sylvan Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Poplar Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE East Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pinckard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Blackwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ashford City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blackwoods 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 Dothan in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Dothan.

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

Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Dothan
 - Midland City had a post office and railroad service
Keyton's   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Dothan
 - Keyton's had railroad service and no post office
Headland   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Dothan
 - 1895 population of 417 people (with 4,741 people in 2016)
 - Headland had a post office and no railroad service
Ashford   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Dothan
 - Ashford had a post office and railroad service
Barber   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Dothan
 - Barber had a post office and no railroad service
Big Creek   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Dothan
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Big Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Dothan
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 1,459 people in 2016)
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
Fadette   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Dothan
 - Fadette 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 Dothan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Dothan 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 doctors 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.

Dothan is primarily located in Houston County and is the County Seat. A portion of Dothan extends into Dale County and Henry County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Houston County: Dale, Geneva, Henry, Jackson (FL), Early (GA) & Seminole (GA).

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

Houston     (The home county for Dothan)
      Parish   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Avon   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elba   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Black   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Samson   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Headland   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Newville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Graball   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Parramore (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alford (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Miller (GA)
      Colquitt (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Iron City (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 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 Dothan:

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 Houston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Miller County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Houston County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Dothan: www.dothan.org/

The official website for Houston County: www.houstoncounty.org/

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 from Dothan. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Dothan) 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 Dothan. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Dothan

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dothan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2327, Longitude: -85.4061     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Dothan 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 Dothan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Dothan.