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Our Genealogy Helper for Fortune Ferry ...

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 Fortune Ferry (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 Fortune Ferry. 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 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.

Fortune Ferry is located in Dallas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dallas County: Autauga, Chilton, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry & Wilcox.

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

Dallas     (The home county for Fortune Ferry)
  Marion Junction   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Sunset Mill Village   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Selma   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Valley Grande   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Orrville   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cahaba - Historic   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Browns   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Safford   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sardis   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Tyler   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Plantersville   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Old Town   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fremont   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Jones   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Autaugaville   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Billingsley   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gibbons - Historic   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Booth   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  White City   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lawley   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brent   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  East Town   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Centreville   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Randolph   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Egypt - Historic   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Stanton   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Maplesville   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Newbern   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Greensboro   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Prairieville   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gallion   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Arcola   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sawyerville   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Phipps - Historic   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Benton   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  White Hall   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Gordonville   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bragg's   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mosses   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lowndesboro   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Burkville   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hayneville   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Faunsdale   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Thomaston   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Providence   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Linden   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Demopolis   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Vineland   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pin Hook   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Marion   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Sprott   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  The Village   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Freetown   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Oakmulgee   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Alberta   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Catherine   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Boykin   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Millers Ferry   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Camden   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Snow Hill   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Furman   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Anne Manie   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kimbrough   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Yellow Bluff   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pine Hill   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Fortune Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fortune Ferry.

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 Fortune Ferry covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Witt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pernell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Marion Junction Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rasco Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rasco Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Rosehill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Parnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sugar Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Fulton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kings Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Live Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Childers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ocmulgee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cahaba Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Cahaba Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Live Oak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Bell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW St. Chapter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Martins Station Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Orrville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Fortune Ferry ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fortune Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Fortune Ferry, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Fortune Ferry.

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 Fortune Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Fortune Ferry.

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

Harrell   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Fortune Ferry
 - Harrell had a post office and no railroad service
Marion Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Fortune Ferry
 - 1895 population of 176 people
 - Marion Junction had a post office and railroad service
Hazen   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Fortune Ferry
 - Hazen had a post office and railroad service
Massillon - Historic   [Map]
 - While Massillon was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Fortune Ferry
 - Massillon had a post office and railroad service
Augustin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Fortune Ferry
 - Augustin had a post office and no railroad service
Bogue Chitto   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Fortune Ferry
 - Bogue Chitto had a post office and railroad service
Hamburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Fortune Ferry
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Hamburg had a post office and railroad service
Eleanor   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Fortune Ferry
 - Eleanor 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 Fortune Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fortune Ferry 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 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 - although 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 Fortune Ferry:

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 Dallas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:     Cyndi's



Bibb County:     Cyndi's



Chilton County:     Cyndi's



Hale County:     Cyndi's



Lowndes County:     Cyndi's



Marengo County:     Cyndi's



Perry County:     Cyndi's



Wilcox County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Dallas County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Fortune Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fortune Ferry. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4296, Longitude: -87.1880     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fortune Ferry 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 Fortune Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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