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Holly Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Holly Ferry ...

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 Holly Ferry (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 Holly Ferry. 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 Holly Ferry ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Holly Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Holly Ferry, 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 Holly Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Holly Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Holly Ferry.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Tait Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Burford Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Tait Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sand Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pledger Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Mendenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Capell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE McPherson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McIntosh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Andrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tait Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McCarty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wheeler Quarter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Canton Bend Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shields Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Shamburger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dees Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pigeonfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Becks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McCaskill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bridges Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sodom Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Hybart Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pettway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sandhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Irby Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kelly 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 Holly Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Holly Ferry.

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

Rockwest   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Holly Ferry
 - Rockwest had a post office and no railroad service
Yellow Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Holly Ferry
 - 1895 population of 30 people (with 176 people in 2016)
 - Yellow Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Coy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Holly Ferry
 - Coy had a post office and no railroad service
Nellie   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Holly Ferry
 - Nellie had a post office and no railroad service
Camden   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Holly Ferry
 - 1895 population of 545 people (with 1,919 people in 2016)
 - Camden had a post office and no railroad service
Kimbrough   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Holly Ferry
 - Kimbrough had a post office and railroad service
Millers Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Holly Ferry
 - Millers Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Pine Hill   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Holly Ferry
 - 1895 population of 84 people (with 912 people in 2016)
 - Pine Hill had a post office and railroad service
Culpeper   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Holly Ferry
 - Culpeper 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 Holly Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Holly Ferry 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 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.

Holly Ferry is located in Wilcox County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wilcox County: Butler, Clarke, Dallas, Lowndes, Marengo & Monroe.

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

Wilcox     (The home county for Holly Ferry)
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alma   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Repton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Safford   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Browns   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Providence   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 Holly Ferry:

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 Wilcox County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Communities in Alabama

About Wilcox County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Holly Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9693, Longitude: -87.4130     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Holly Ferry 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 Holly Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Holly Ferry.