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Havana, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Havana ...

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 Havana (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 Havana. 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 Havana ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Havana.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Havana, 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 Havana.

Cemeteries Near Havana ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Havana.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Star of Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Havana Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Whitsitt - Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Pruitt Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenleaf Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Martin Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mileous Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Akron New Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Five Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rhodes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ramey Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE China Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Carthage Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Burrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chambers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Langham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Burroughs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Sample Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rhone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Martian Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Burk Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Grimes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE South Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hulls Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant 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 Havana had a population of 86 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Powers   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Havana
 - Powers had a post office and no railroad service
Phipps - Historic   [Map]
 - While Phipps was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Havana
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Phipps had a post office and no railroad service
Evansville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Havana
 - Evansville had railroad service and no post office
Sawyerville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Havana
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Sawyerville had a post office and railroad service
Brush Creek   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Havana
 - 1895 population of 91 people
 - Brush Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Hull   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Havana
 - 1895 population of 360 people
 - Hull had a post office and railroad service
Knoxville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Havana
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Knoxville had a post office and no railroad service
Greensboro   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Havana
 - 1895 population of 1,759 people (with 2,365 people in 2016)
 - Greensboro 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 Havana. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Havana 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Havana is located in Hale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hale County: Bibb, Greene, Marengo, Perry & Tuscaloosa.

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

Hale     (The home county for Havana)
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Akron   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brent   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      East Town   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Browns   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Providence   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      The Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Epes   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Panola   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coker   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Holt   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Northport   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

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 it should be mentioned 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 Havana:

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 Hale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb 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    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Havana:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Havana.
      See our Misc Page for Havana for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Hale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Havana. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8951, Longitude: -87.6203     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Havana 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 Havana, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Havana.