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Furman, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Furman ...

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 Furman (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 Furman. 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.

Newspapers Published in Furman ...

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 Furman.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Furman, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Furman.

Cemeteries Near Furman ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Furman.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Palmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Snow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Snow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Purefoy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Crum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Soles Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McConico Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Snow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McColough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Carlowville Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Monterey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ridgeville Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Mt. Lebanon 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Furman had a population of 195 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Snow Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Furman
 - 1895 population of 173 people
 - Snow Hill had a post office and railroad service
McBrydes   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Furman
 - McBrydes had railroad service and no post office
Minter   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Furman
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Minter had a post office and railroad service
Allenton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Furman
 - 1895 population of 163 people
 - Allenton had a post office and railroad service
Farmersville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Furman
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Farmersville had a post office and no railroad service
Carlowville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Furman
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Carlowville had a post office and no railroad service
Dawson's   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Furman
 - Dawson's had railroad service and no post office
Monterey   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Furman
 - 1895 population of 280 people
 - Monterey 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 Furman. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Furman 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 north 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.

Furman is located in Wilcox County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wilcox County: Butler, Clarke, Dallas, Lowndes, Marengo & Monroe.

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

Wilcox     (The home county for Furman)
      Snow Hill   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Awin   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Camden   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coy   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jones   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Minter   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Selma   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Safford   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Benton   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ada   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Furman:

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 Wilcox County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conecuh 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    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Furman ...

While our initial data for Furman came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Furman 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 Furman.

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 Furman:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Furman.
      See our Misc Page for Furman for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Wilcox County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Furman. 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' (or point-to-point) distance from Furman. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Furman) 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 Furman. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Furman

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Furman. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0068, Longitude: -86.9669     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Furman 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 Furman, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Furman.