Our Genealogical Helper for Edwardsville ...
Although we found mention of Edwardsville during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Edwardsville was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.
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 Edwardsville (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 Edwardsville. 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 Edwardsville ...
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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Edwardsville.
Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Edwardsville, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Edwardsville.
Cemeteries Near Edwardsville ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Edwardsville.
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 Edwardsville covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.
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 in 1895, Edwardsville had a post office and no railroad service.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Edwardsville, with the one closest to Edwardsville listed first.
| Curtis [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Edwardsville |
| - || Curtis had a post office and no railroad service |
| Damascus [Map] |
| - || Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Edwardsville |
| - || Damascus had a post office and no railroad service |
| Alberton [Map] |
| - || Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Edwardsville |
| - || 1895 population of 53 people |
| - || Alberton had a post office and no railroad service |
| Clintonville [Map] |
| - || Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Edwardsville |
| - || 1895 population of 172 people |
| - || Clintonville had a post office and no railroad service |
| Bullock [Map] |
| - || Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Edwardsville |
| - || 1895 population of 100 people |
| - || Bullock had a post office and no railroad service |
| Victoria [Map] |
| - || Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Edwardsville |
| - || 1895 population of 85 people |
| - || Victoria had a post office and no railroad service |
| Tabernacle [Map] |
| - || Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Edwardsville |
| - || Tabernacle had a post office and no railroad service |
| Opine [Map] |
| - || Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Edwardsville |
| - || Opine 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 Edwardsville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Edwardsville 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.
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 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 - 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 Edwardsville:
These websites are specific to Alabama:
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 Coffee County:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:
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.
Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Edwardsville ...
With our Gazetteer, we add the names of communities whenever we see them mentioned - frequently found in old books or maps. Usually we don't have any details that go with the name, but we'll eventually find documents that will give us 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 Edwardsville.
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 Edwardsville:|
| ||Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned |
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/
|<1>||If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Edwardsville and then turned east". While Edwardsville could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Edwardsville as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.|
Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.
Also keep in mind that Edwardsville could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.
Just in case there has been confusion between counties, we found that there are 2 Alabama communities also named Edwardsville. While this community is located in Coffee County, the others are located in the following counties: Cleburne and Etowah. For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Edwardsville.
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|<2>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Edwardsville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Edwardsville) to Point B.|
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Edwardsville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4172, Longitude: -86.0759 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Edwardsville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
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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 Edwardsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Edwardsville.