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Ellis Crossroads, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ellis Crossroads ...

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 Ellis Crossroads (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 Ellis Crossroads. 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.

Name Variations for Ellis Crossroads ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Ellis Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Ellis Crossroads: Ellis Xrds.

Newspapers Published in Ellis Crossroads ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ellis Crossroads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ellis Crossroads, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ellis Crossroads.

Cemeteries Near Ellis Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ellis Crossroads.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Panola Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sawyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Summer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lamar Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cauthens Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Myrtlewood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Andress Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fair Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Kilgore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Antioch East Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rogers 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 Ellis Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ellis Crossroads.

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

Sandy Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Ellis Crossroads
 - Sandy Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Daisy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ellis Crossroads
 - Daisy had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Deposit   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Ellis Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 1,228 people in 2016)
 - Fort Deposit had a post office and railroad service
Mount Carmel   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ellis Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Mount Carmel had a post office and no railroad service
Calhoun   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ellis Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Calhoun had a post office and railroad service
Highland Home   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ellis Crossroads
 - Highland Home had a post office and no railroad service
Honoraville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ellis Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Honoraville had a post office and no railroad service
Saville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ellis Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Saville had a post office and no railroad service
Lapine   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Ellis Crossroads
 - Lapine had a post office and railroad service
Naftel   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ellis Crossroads
 - Naftel had a post office and railroad service
Strata   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ellis Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Strata had a post office and railroad service
Searcy   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ellis Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Searcy 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 Ellis Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ellis Crossroads 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 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.

Ellis Crossroads is located in Lowndes County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lowndes County: Autauga, Butler, Crenshaw, Dallas, Montgomery & Wilcox.

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

Lowndes     (The home county for Ellis Crossroads)
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Benton   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Booth   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wilkinstown   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Minter   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ada   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grady   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Orion   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Banks   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Awin   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Furman   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Ellis Crossroads:

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 Lowndes County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee 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    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike 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 Lowndes County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lowndes 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Lowndes County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Ellis Crossroads. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ellis Crossroads) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ellis Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9782, Longitude: -86.4514     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ellis Crossroads 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 Ellis Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ellis Crossroads.