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Hayes, Alabama
(Henry County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hayes ...

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 Hayes (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 Hayes. 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 Hayes ...

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 62 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hayes.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hayes, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hayes.

Cemeteries Near Hayes ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hayes.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Pleasant Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Shorterville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Adoniram Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Park Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Haleburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mercier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ft. Gaines Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Armstrong - Old Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bryant - Neves Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Balkum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Camp Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pecan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Peters 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.<3>

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

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

Shorterville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hayes
 - 1895 population of 206 people
 - Shorterville had a post office and no railroad service
Hardwickburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Hayes
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Hardwickburg had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Hayes
 - 1895 population of 1,097 people (with 1,046 people in 2016)
 - Fort Gaines had a post office and railroad service
Balkum   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hayes
 - Balkum had a post office and no railroad service
Pecan (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hayes
 - Pecan had a post office and no railroad service
Blakely (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hayes
 - 1895 population of 441 people (with 4,702 people in 2016)
 - Blakely had a post office and railroad service
Abbeville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Hayes
 - 1895 population of 465 people (with 2,603 people in 2016)
 - Abbeville had a post office and no railroad service
Bluffton (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Hayes
 - 1895 population of 298 people (with 99 people in 2016)
 - Bluffton 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 Hayes. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hayes 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 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.

Hayes is located in Henry County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Henry County: Barbour, Dale, Houston, Clay (GA) & Early (GA).

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

Henry     (The home county for Hayes)
      Shorterville   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Graball   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Newville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Headland   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Comer   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Newton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Columbia   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Webb   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gordon   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Avon   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Parish   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Calhoun (GA)
      Arlington (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Edison (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Morgan (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leary (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
Early (GA)
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Douglasville (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
Miller (GA)
      Colquitt (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boykin (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cuthbert (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Shellman (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Iron City (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 Hayes:

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 Henry County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Miller County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Henry County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hayes. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5029, Longitude: -85.0727     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hayes have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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: findagrave.com.

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<3>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 Hayes, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hayes.