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Hickory, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hickory ...

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 Hickory (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 Hickory. 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 Hickory ...

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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hickory.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hickory, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hickory.

Cemeteries Near Hickory ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hickory.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Franconia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hopewell Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W New Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fowler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Miller Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Sinal Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Gardner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethesda Church Yard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Windle Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Aliceville Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Trantham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Carrollton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Shea Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shedd Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Forest Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Blubber Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McCaa Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Eatman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ellis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sixteenth Section Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Big Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N New Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Screptah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Glen Echo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cockrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW William Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hebron Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Ridge Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Manatua Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel 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 Hickory in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hickory.

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

Olney   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hickory
 - Olney had a post office and no railroad service
Dillburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hickory
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Dillburg had a post office and no railroad service
Bridgeville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hickory
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Bridgeville had a post office and no railroad service
Benevola   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hickory
 - Benevola had a post office and no railroad service
Garden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Hickory
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Garden had a post office and no railroad service
Lewiston   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hickory
 - Lewiston had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Grove   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Hickory
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Pleasant Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Hickory
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Pleasant Ridge 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 Hickory. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hickory 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 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.

Hickory is located in Pickens County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pickens County: Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Pickens     (The home county for Hickory)
      Aliceville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McShan   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reform   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belk   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Millport   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Panola   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Epes   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Echola   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coker   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Hickory:

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 Pickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette 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      
Lamar 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    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hickory. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1629, Longitude: -88.0631     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hickory 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 Hickory, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hickory.