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Headland, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Headland ...

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 Headland (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 Headland. 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 Headland ...

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 63 newspapers that have been published in the area around Headland.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Headland. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Headland and those printed in the larger area surrounding Headland.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 18 miles [29 km]<1> of Headland.

Cemeteries Near Headland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Headland.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE West Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  E East Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Gardens of Memory Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blackwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blackwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Newville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kirklands Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Gates of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Pleasant Plains Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sylvan Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Granberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tolbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Mt. Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dothan City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Poplar Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Christian Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Wiggins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hurts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cowarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Culpepper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Balkum Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roeville 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Headland had a population of 417 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Headland had a population of 4,741 people.

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

Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Headland
 - Midland City had a post office and railroad service
Tidwell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Headland
 - Tidwell had a post office and no railroad service
Balkum   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Headland
 - Balkum had a post office and no railroad service
Barber   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Headland
 - Barber had a post office and no railroad service
Echo   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Headland
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Echo had a post office and no railroad service
Bertha   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Headland
 - Bertha had a post office and no railroad service
Ashford   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Headland
 - Ashford had a post office and railroad service
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Headland
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 1,459 people in 2016)
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
Ewell   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Headland
 - Ewell 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 Headland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Headland 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.

Headland 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 Headland. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Headland:

Henry     (The home county for Headland)
      Newville   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Graball   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Newton   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Black   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Webb   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Parish   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Avon   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Columbia   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Parramore (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Calhoun (GA)
      Arlington (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Edison (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Douglasville (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Miller (GA)
      Colquitt (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Iron City (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Headland:

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    
Coffee 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    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington 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    

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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Headland ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Henry County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Headland: www.headlandalabama.org/

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 Headland. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Headland) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Headland. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Headland

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Headland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3502, Longitude: -85.3522     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Headland 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 Headland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Headland.