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Our Genealogical Helper for Gainestown 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 Gainestown 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 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 Gainestown 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.

Newspapers Published in Gainestown 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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gainestown Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gainestown Ferry, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gainestown Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Gainestown Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gainestown 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 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 Gainestown Ferry covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Franks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Shomo Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Weatherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Road Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Gillard Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Mamies Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Phillips Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Mineola Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Linder Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Grave of Red Eagle   [Map]     
  SSW William Weatherford Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Hotel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Cedar Fork 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.<3>

While we didn't find Gainestown Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Gainestown Ferry.

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

Gainestown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Gainestown Ferry
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Gainestown had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Pleasant   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Gainestown Ferry
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Mount Pleasant had a post office and no railroad service
Barlow Bend   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Gainestown Ferry
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Barlow Bend had a post office and railroad service
Alma   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Gainestown Ferry
 - Alma had a post office and no railroad service
Little River   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Gainestown Ferry
 - Little River had a post office and no railroad service
Walker Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gainestown Ferry
 - 1895 population of 140 people
 - Walker Springs had a post office and railroad service
Suggsville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Gainestown Ferry
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Suggsville had a post office and no railroad service
Blacksher   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Gainestown Ferry
 - Blacksher 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 Gainestown Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gainestown Ferry 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 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.

Gainestown Ferry is located in Monroe County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monroe County: Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia & Wilcox.

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

Monroe     (The home county for Gainestown Ferry)
      Uriah   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Excel   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Little River   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Blacksher   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Perdido   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Phillipsville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alma   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Repton   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Range   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ramah   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Flomaton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pollard   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Movico   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Axis   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Citronelle   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Creola   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coy   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Century (FL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 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 Gainestown Ferry:

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 Monroe County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Monroe County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Monroe 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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Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Monroe County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Gainestown 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 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Gainestown Ferry. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gainestown Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gainestown Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4043, Longitude: -87.6978     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gainestown 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 Gainestown Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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