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Helicon, Alabama
(Crenshaw County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Helicon ...

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 Helicon (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 Helicon. 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 Helicon ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Helicon.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Helicon, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Helicon.

Cemeteries Near Helicon ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Helicon.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Petrey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Garner Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Springfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Belsor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fannin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wingard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sentell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cauthens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fair Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hills Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Vernledge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dry 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 Helicon in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Helicon.

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

Bradleyton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Helicon
 - Bradleyton had a post office and railroad service
Shady Grove   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Helicon
 - Shady Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Petrey   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Helicon
 - Petrey had a post office and railroad service
Ansley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Helicon
 - Ansley had a post office and no railroad service
Grady   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Helicon
 - Grady had a post office and no railroad service
Lapine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Helicon
 - Lapine had a post office and railroad service
Wingard   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Helicon
 - Wingard had a post office and no railroad service
Highland Home   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Helicon
 - Highland Home had a post office and no railroad service
Saville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Helicon
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Saville 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 Helicon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Helicon 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 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 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.

Helicon is located in Crenshaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Crenshaw County: Butler, Coffee, Covington, Lowndes, Montgomery & Pike.

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

Crenshaw     (The home county for Helicon)
      Petrey   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clio   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Perote   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elba   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grady   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ada   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Orion   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Banks   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Helicon:

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 Crenshaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Crenshaw County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Helicon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9135, Longitude: -86.2119     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Helicon 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 Helicon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Helicon.