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Half Chance, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Half Chance ...

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 Half Chance (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 Half Chance. 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 Half Chance ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Half Chance.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Half Chance, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Half Chance.

Cemeteries Near Half Chance ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Half Chance.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W St. Peter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Cades Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Rivers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Octagon Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Paradise Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Flanders Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N St. Luke Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Rembert Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jericho Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zion Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Spring Hill Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mooring Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Glovers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Clover Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gilfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hopewell 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 Half Chance in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Half Chance.

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

Linden   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Half Chance
 - 1895 population of 206 people (with 1,988 people in 2016)
 - Linden had a post office and no railroad service
Octagon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Half Chance
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Octagon had a post office and no railroad service
Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]
 - While Crenshaw was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Half Chance
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Crenshaw had a post office and no railroad service
Dayton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Half Chance
 - 1895 population of 412 people (with 49 people in 2016)
 - Dayton had a post office and no railroad service
Williamsburg - Historic   [Map]
 - While Williamsburg was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Half Chance
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Williamsburg had a post office and no railroad service
Tombigbee - Historic   [Map]
 - While Tombigbee was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Half Chance
 - Tombigbee had a post office and no railroad service
Old Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Half Chance
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Old Spring Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Rembert   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Half Chance
 - Rembert 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 Half Chance. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Half Chance 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Half Chance is located in 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 Half Chance. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Half Chance:

Marengo     (The home county for Half Chance)
      Linden   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Providence   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Butler   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Safford   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Akron   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Marion   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ward   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Epes   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      York   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Half Chance:

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      
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Half Chance. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2999, Longitude: -87.7278     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Half Chance 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 Half Chance, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Half Chance.