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Fairford, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Fairford ...

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 Fairford (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Fairford. 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.

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.

Fairford is located in Washington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile, Greene (MS) & Wayne (MS).

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

Washington     (The home county for Fairford)
  Malcolm   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  McIntosh   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Sims Chapel   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Sunflower   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Deer Park   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Tibbie   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Vinegar Bend   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Wagarville   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Bassetts Creek   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hobson   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Chatom   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Fruitdale   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Tensaw   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Stockton   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Blacksher   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Little River   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bay Minette   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Perdido   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bromley   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Phillipsville   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Stapleton   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Spanish Fort   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Park City   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Daphne   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bladon Springs   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cullomburg   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Carlton   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rockville   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Stave Creek   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Alma   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gainestown   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Walker Springs   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Salitpa   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Whatley   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Grove Hill   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Atmore   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Huxford   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Calvert   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Movico   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Barry Village   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bucks   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Citronelle   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Gulfcrest   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Axis   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Chunchula   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Creola   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Satsuma   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Saraland   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Uriah   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Goodway   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Megargel   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Escambia (FL)
  Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
George (MS)
  Lucedale (MS)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Greene (MS)
  Brown Town (MS)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Leakesville (MS)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  State Line (MS)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Carson City (MS)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (MS)
  Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Fairford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fairford.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Fairford covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Little Chestang Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Calvert Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Calvert Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Malcolm Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Rivers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Red Wash Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Carlow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hill Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Big John Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Reeds Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Frazier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morningstar Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McIntosh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sims Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Meinhardt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Roper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Charity Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Sawyer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Seymour Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Fairford ...

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 6 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fairford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Fairford, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Fairford.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Fairford had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Calvert   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Fairford
 - Calvert had a post office and railroad service
Mount Vernon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Fairford
 - 1895 population of 179 people (with 1,501 people in 2017)
 - Mount Vernon had a post office and railroad service
McIntosh   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Fairford
 - McIntosh had railroad service and no post office
Sims Chapel   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Fairford
 - Sims Chapel had a post office and no railroad service
Chastang   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Fairford
 - Chastang had a post office and railroad service
Citronelle   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Fairford
 - Citronelle had a post office and railroad service
Latham   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Fairford
 - 1895 population of 113 people
 - Latham had a post office and no railroad service
Sunflower   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Fairford
 - Sunflower had railroad service and no post office
Tensaw   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East (E) from Fairford
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Tensaw 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 Fairford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fairford in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Fairford:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:     Cyndi's



Choctaw County:     Cyndi's



Clarke County:     Cyndi's



Escambia County:     Cyndi's



Mobile County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Escambia County (FL):     Cyndi's



George County (MS):     Cyndi's



Greene County (MS):     Cyndi's



Wayne County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Washington County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Washington 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 Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Fairford ...

While our initial data about Fairford came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Fairford in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find 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 Fairford.

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 Fairford:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Fairford. See our Misc Page for Fairford for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Washington County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Fairford. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Washington County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Fairford) 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 Fairford. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fairford

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fairford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1697, Longitude: -88.0630     [Map].

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

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