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Our Genealogical Helper for Griffins ...

So far, we have found very little information about Griffins. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Griffins to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Griffins, please Contact Us.

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 Griffins (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 Griffins. 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 Griffins ...

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 56 newspapers that have been published in the area around Griffins.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Griffins, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Griffins.

Cemeteries Near Griffins ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Griffins.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Clover Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jefferson Smalls Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Black Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  S James Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Millers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Millwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rembert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion 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.

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

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

Myrtlewood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Griffins
 - Myrtlewood had a post office and no railroad service
Jefferson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Griffins
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Jefferson had a post office and no railroad service
Tompkinsville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Griffins
 - Tompkinsville had a post office and no railroad service
Rembert   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Griffins
 - Rembert had a post office and no railroad service
Linden   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Griffins
 - 1895 population of 206 people (with 1,936 people in 2017)
 - Linden had a post office and no railroad service
Robjohn   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Griffins
 - Robjohn had a post office and no railroad service
Old Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Griffins
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Old Spring Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Coatopa   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Griffins
 - 1895 population of 171 people
 - Coatopa had a post office and railroad service
Demopolis   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Griffins
 - 1895 population of 1,898 people (with 6,851 people in 2017)
 - Demopolis 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 Griffins. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Griffins 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Griffins is historic, it would have been located within present day Marengo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marengo County: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Perry, Sumter & Wilcox.

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

Marengo     (The home county for Griffins)
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Linden   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Providence   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Pennington   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Butler   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Needham   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Safford   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Browns   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lizzieville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Akron   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      The Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Derby   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ward   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      York   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Epes   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 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 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 Griffins:

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 Marengo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Dallas 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      
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marengo County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marengo 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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Marengo County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Griffins, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Griffins. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Griffins) 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 Griffins. 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 Griffins

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Griffins. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3318, Longitude: -87.9561     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Griffins have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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