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Edgefield, Alabama
(Barbour County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Edgefield ...

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 Edgefield (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 Edgefield. 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 Edgefield ...

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 77 newspapers that have been published in the area around Edgefield.

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

Cemeteries Near Edgefield ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Edgefield.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Adams Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Texasville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Edwin Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Scotch Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Tew Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Helms Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilkerson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lawrenceville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Clopton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Magnolia Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Danzey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Sykes Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Peniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Liberty 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 Edgefield in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Edgefield.

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

Oateston   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Edgefield
 - Oateston had a post office and no railroad service
Lawrenceville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Edgefield
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Lawrenceville had a post office and no railroad service
Clopton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Edgefield
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Clopton had a post office and no railroad service
Cotton Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Edgefield
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Cotton Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Louisville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Edgefield
 - 1895 population of 288 people (with 477 people in 2016)
 - Louisville had a post office and railroad service
Bertha   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Edgefield
 - Bertha had a post office and no railroad service
Abbeville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Edgefield
 - 1895 population of 465 people (with 2,603 people in 2016)
 - Abbeville had a post office and no railroad service
Clayton   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Edgefield
 - 1895 population of 997 people (with 2,904 people in 2016)
 - Clayton had a post office and railroad service
White Oak   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Edgefield
 - White Oak had railroad service and no post office
Skipperville   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Edgefield
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Skipperville 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 Edgefield. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Edgefield 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 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 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.

Edgefield is located in Barbour County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Barbour County: Bullock, Dale, Henry, Pike, Russell, Clay (GA), Quitman (GA) & Stewart (GA).

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

Barbour     (The home county for Edgefield)
      Baker Hill   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clio   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Comer   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Perote   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Midway   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jack   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Graball   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Newville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Headland   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Webb   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Columbia   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Parish   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avon   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Banks   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Troy   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orion   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Calhoun (GA)
      Edison (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Early (GA)
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cuthbert (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lumpkin (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - 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 Edgefield:

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 Barbour County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County (GA):       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    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Barbour County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Barbour 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 Edgefield. 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' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Edgefield. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Edgefield) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Edgefield. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7168, Longitude: -85.3722     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Edgefield 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 Edgefield, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Edgefield.