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Linden, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Linden ...

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 Linden (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Linden. 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.

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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Linden is located in Marengo County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marengo County: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Perry, Sumter & Wilcox.

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

Marengo     (The home county for Linden)
  Providence   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Pin Hook   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Beckleys - Historic   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Griffins - Historic   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Myrtlewood   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Thomaston   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Half Acre   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Demopolis   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Sweet Water   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Pennington   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Choctaw City   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Pelham   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Jachin   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Butler   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cromwell   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lisman   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Needham   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Toxey   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Atkeison   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Morvin   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Thomasville   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Campbell   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fulton   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dickinson   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Coffeeville   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Safford   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Browns   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Orrville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Marion Junction   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cahaba - Historic   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Forkland   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Boligee   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lizzieville   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Eutaw   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gallion   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Prairieville   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Arcola   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Newbern   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Greensboro   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sawyerville   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Akron   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hybart   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Freetown   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  The Village   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Marion   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Arrington   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bellamy   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Derby   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Moore Town   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Intercourse   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ward   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Livingston   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  York   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Epes   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cuba   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sledge - Historic   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Catherine   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Anne Manie   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Alberta   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Kimbrough   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pine Hill   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Millers Ferry   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Yellow Bluff   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Boykin   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Coy   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lower Peach Tree   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Camden   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
  Smith (MS)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Whynot (MS)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Linden ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Linden.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Linden covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E St. Peter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Rembert Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Octagon Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cades Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Clover Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Luke Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Paradise Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jefferson Smalls Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rivers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Flanders Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Spring Hill Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gilfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW James Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Beaver Creek Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Berry Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mooring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Linden ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Linden.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Linden. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Linden and those printed in the larger area surrounding Linden.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 19 miles [30.6 km] of Linden.

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 Linden had a population of 206 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Linden had a population of 1,898 people.

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

Octagon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Linden
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Octagon had a post office and no railroad service
Rembert   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Linden
 - Rembert had a post office and no railroad service
Jefferson   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Linden
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Jefferson had a post office and no railroad service
Myrtlewood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Linden
 - Myrtlewood had a post office and no railroad service
Williamsburg - Historic   [Map]
 - While Williamsburg was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Linden
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Williamsburg had a post office and no railroad service
Dayton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Linden
 - 1895 population of 412 people (with 46 people in 2018)
 - Dayton had a post office and no railroad service
Old Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Linden
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Old Spring Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]
 - While Crenshaw was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Linden
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Crenshaw 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 Linden. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Linden in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These 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 Linden:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Marengo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:     Cyndi's



Clarke County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Hale County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Perry County:     Cyndi's



Sumter County:     Cyndi's



Wilcox County:     Cyndi's



Lauderdale County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Marengo County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Marengo 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 Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Linden ...

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

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 Linden:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

We have found Linden in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Linden for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Linden. See our Misc Page for Linden for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Marengo County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Linden. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Linden) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Linden. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Linden

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Linden. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3001, Longitude: -87.7926     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Linden 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 Linden, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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