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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 58 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 20 miles [32.2 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  
  W St. Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Registers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Registers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Lassiter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Memphis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Christian Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Selma Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cowarts Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Selma Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  


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 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.

Big Creek   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Big Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Campbellton (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 105 people (with 224 people in 2017)
 - Campbellton had a post office and no railroad service
Keyton's   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Five Points
 - Keyton's had railroad service and no post office
Graceville (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 55 people (with 2,199 people in 2017)
 - Graceville had a post office and no railroad service
Fadette   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Five Points
 - Fadette had a post office and no railroad service
Warwick - Historic   [Map]
 - While Warwick was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Five Points
 - Warwick had a post office and no railroad service
Ashford   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Five Points
 - Ashford had a post office and railroad service
Tidwell   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Five Points
 - Tidwell had a post office and no railroad service
Cottondale (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South (S) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 300 people (with 906 people in 2017)
 - Cottondale 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 southeast 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 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 east 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 Houston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Houston County: Dale, Geneva, Henry, Jackson (FL), Early (GA) & Seminole (GA).

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:

Houston     (The home county for Five Points)
      Madrid   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Parish   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Avon   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Webb   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Central City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mabson   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Black   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Samson   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Headland   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Newville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Capps   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Graball   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bay (FL)
      Fountain (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Calhoun (FL)
      Altha (FL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Gadsden (FL)
      Chattahoochee (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ponce de Leon (FL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alford (FL)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Parramore (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cypress (FL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brock Crossroad (FL)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wausau (FL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vernon (FL)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coosada Old Town (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Decatur (GA)
      Brinson (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Iron City (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 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 websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Houston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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    
Bay County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gadsden County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Decatur County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Houston County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Houston 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 Five Points. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Houston County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Five Points. A straight line distance ignores things 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: 31.0321, Longitude: -85.4110     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Five Points 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:

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

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