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Josie, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Josie ...

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 Josie (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 Josie. 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 Josie ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Josie.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Josie, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Josie.

Cemeteries Near Josie ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Josie.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Ramah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Ramah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Conner Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Old Dothan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Perote Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sandfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Brooks Graves   [Map]     
  WNW Old Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Catalpa Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Banks Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cotton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hussey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ephesus Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Richland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Livingston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Inverness Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Barnette Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dasinger Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kelley 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Josie had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Buckhorn   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Josie
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Buckhorn had a post office and no railroad service
Star Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Josie
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Star Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Perote   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Josie
 - 1895 population of 195 people
 - Perote had a post office and no railroad service
Catalpa   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Josie
 - Catalpa had a post office and no railroad service
Banks   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Josie
 - Banks had a post office and no railroad service
Omega   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Josie
 - Omega had a post office and no railroad service
Pronto   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Josie
 - Pronto had a post office and no railroad service
Linwood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Josie
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Linwood had a post office and railroad service
Postoak   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Josie
 - Postoak 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 Josie. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Josie 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 and 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.

Josie is located in Pike County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pike County: Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale & Montgomery.

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

Pike     (The home county for Josie)
      Banks   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Troy   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Orion   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clio   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Comer   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Perote   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Midway   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elba   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Newton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Graball   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Newville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grady   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ada   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 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 Josie:

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 Pike 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      
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry 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    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Josie:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Josie.
      See our Misc Page for Josie for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Pike County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Josie. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8699, Longitude: -85.7188     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Josie 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 Josie, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Josie.