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Gainesville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gainesville ...

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 Gainesville (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 Gainesville. 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 the area of Gainesville ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gainesville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Gainesville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Gainesville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Gainesville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 23 miles [37 km]<1> of Gainesville.

Cemeteries Near Gainesville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gainesville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Odd Fellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gotes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Cooks Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Demount Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spencer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Hutchenson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kirksey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Speed Quarters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McInnis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Boligee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Boatright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coleman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Souls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Roy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Henagan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jamestown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE May Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethsalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Luke Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pippen Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Light Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mobley 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 Gainesville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Gainesville.

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

Mount Hebron   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Gainesville
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Mount Hebron had a post office and no railroad service
Hamner   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gainesville
 - Hamner had a post office and no railroad service
Sumterville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Gainesville
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Sumterville had a post office and no railroad service
Warsaw   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gainesville
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Warsaw had a post office and no railroad service
Miller   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Gainesville
 - Miller had railroad service and no post office
Boligee   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gainesville
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 306 people in 2016)
 - Boligee had a post office and railroad service
West Greene   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gainesville
 - West Greene had a post office and no railroad service
Clinton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Gainesville
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Clinton 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 Gainesville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gainesville 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.

Gainesville is located in Sumter County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sumter County: Choctaw, Greene, Marengo, Pickens, Kemper (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Sumter     (The home county for Gainesville)
      Epes   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Panola   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      York   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lizzieville   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Union   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Akron   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Providence   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McShan   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Reform   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coker   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      De Kalb (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Marion (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 - 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 Gainesville:

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 Sumter County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene 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    
Pickens 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    
Lauderdale 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 Sumter County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Sumter 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 Gainesville. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Gainesville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gainesville) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Gainesville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gainesville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gainesville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8149, Longitude: -88.1608     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gainesville 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 Gainesville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gainesville.