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Five Points, Alabama
(Greene County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Five Points ...

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 Five Points (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 Five Points. 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 Five Points ...

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 Five Points.

  • Typical abbreviation for Five Points: Five Pts.

Newspapers Published in Five Points ...

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 63 newspapers that have been published in the area around Five Points.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Five Points, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Five Points.

Cemeteries Near Five Points ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Five Points.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW St. Luke Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethsalem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Boligee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boatright Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kirksey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S DeVelle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Nott Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wills Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zion Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dallas Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kirksey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW May Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dallas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Blocker Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cooks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Pippen Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hard Bargain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pippen Place Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW McInnis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Henagan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Phares Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Speed Quarters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pinetop Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Christian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mesopotamia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gotes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Maye Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old 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 Five Points in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Five Points.

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

Boligee   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 306 people in 2016)
 - Boligee had a post office and railroad service
Miller   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Five Points
 - Miller had railroad service and no post office
Tishabee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Five Points
 - Tishabee had a post office and no railroad service
Forkland   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 597 people in 2016)
 - Forkland had a post office and no railroad service
Eutaw   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 1,115 people (with 2,749 people in 2016)
 - Eutaw had a post office and railroad service
Mount Hebron   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Mount Hebron had a post office and no railroad service
Belmont   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Belmont had a post office and no railroad service
Clinton   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Clinton had a post office and no railroad service
Livingston   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 850 people (with 3,454 people in 2016)
 - Livingston 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 Five Points. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Five Points 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 doctors and 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.

Five Points is located in Greene County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greene County: Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter & Tuscaloosa.

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

Greene     (The home county for Five Points)
      Boligee   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Akron   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Providence   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Linden   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      The Village   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Marion   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Epes   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Panola   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      York   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coker   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      De Kalb (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 - 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 Five Points:

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 Greene County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Greene County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Five Points. 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' distance from Five Points. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Five Points) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Five Points. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7321, Longitude: -87.9959     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Five Points 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 Five Points, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Five Points.