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Hirsch, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hirsch ...

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 Hirsch (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 Hirsch. 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 Hirsch ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hirsch.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hirsch, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hirsch.

Cemeteries Near Hirsch ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hirsch.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pittsview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pittsview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Glennville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Browder Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McClendon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Glenville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Ivey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Mariah Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Fitzgerald Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cotton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Seale United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. McKeithan Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Williams Dudley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oswichee 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 Hirsch in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hirsch.

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

Glenville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hirsch
 - 1895 population of 282 people
 - Glenville had a post office and no railroad service
Jernigan   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hirsch
 - 1895 population of 89 people
 - Jernigan had a post office and no railroad service
Loflin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Hirsch
 - Loflin had a post office and no railroad service
Omaha (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hirsch
 - Omaha had a post office and railroad service
Seale   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hirsch
 - 1895 population of 299 people
 - Seale had a post office and railroad service
Howe   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hirsch
 - Howe had a post office and no railroad service
Orletta (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Orletta was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Hirsch
 - Orletta had a post office and no railroad service
Oswichee   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Hirsch
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Oswichee had a post office and no railroad service
Hawkinsville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hirsch
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Hawkinsville 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 Hirsch. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hirsch 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.

Hirsch is located in Russell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Russell County: Barbour, Bullock, Lee, Macon, Chattahoochee (GA), Muscogee (GA) & Stewart (GA).

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

Russell     (The home county for Hirsch)
      Pittsview   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Seale   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Comer   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Midway   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Perote   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cusseta (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Harris (GA)
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Marion (GA)
      Buena Vista (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Cuthbert (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lumpkin (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Richland (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Terrell (GA)
      Parrott (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Webster (GA)
      Weston (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Preston (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Hirsch:

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 Russell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muscogee 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    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talbot County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Terrell County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Russell County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hirsch. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1718, Longitude: -85.1219     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hirsch 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 Hirsch, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hirsch.