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Grove Hill, Alabama
(Clarke County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Grove Hill ...

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 Grove Hill (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 Grove Hill. 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 Grove Hill ...

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 Grove Hill.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Grove Hill. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Grove Hill and those printed in the larger area surrounding Grove Hill.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> of Grove Hill.

Cemeteries Near Grove Hill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Grove Hill.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Wilson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Grove Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Spinks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Magnolia Lawns Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dacy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pugh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Whatley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bassett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hollingsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Puyear Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smiths Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Clarkville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Coleman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Indian Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Amity Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Bumpers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pine Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hearin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gates Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Peniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gaddies Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Jackson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tate 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 Grove Hill had a population of 225 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Grove Hill had a population of 1,478 people.

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

Whatley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Grove Hill
 - Whatley had a post office and railroad service
Dickinson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Grove Hill
 - Dickinson had a post office and no railroad service
Vashti   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Grove Hill
 - Vashti had a post office and no railroad service
Winn   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Grove Hill
 - Winn had a post office and no railroad service
Suggsville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Grove Hill
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Suggsville had a post office and no railroad service
Walker Springs   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Grove Hill
 - 1895 population of 140 people
 - Walker Springs had a post office and railroad service
Rural   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Grove Hill
 - Rural had a post office and railroad service
Jackson   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Grove Hill
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 4,907 people in 2016)
 - Jackson 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 Grove Hill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grove Hill 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 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.

Grove Hill is located in Clarke County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clarke County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Wilcox.

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

Clarke     (The home county for Grove Hill)
      Dickinson   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alma   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Little River   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Silas   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Butler   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Needham   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Repton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Excel   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millry   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Grove Hill:

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Grove Hill ...

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

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 Grove Hill:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Grove Hill in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Grove Hill for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Grove Hill.
      See our Misc Page for Grove Hill for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Grove Hill. 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 starting from Grove Hill. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Grove Hill) 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 Grove Hill. 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 Grove Hill

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grove Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7033, Longitude: -87.7759     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grove Hill 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 Grove Hill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Grove Hill.