Our Genealogical Helper for Martin Heights ...
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 Martin Heights (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 Martin Heights. 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.
Name Variations for Martin Heights ...
When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.
Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Martin Heights.
- Typical abbreviation for Martin Heights: Martin Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)
Newspapers Published in Martin Heights ...
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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Martin Heights.
Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Martin Heights, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Martin Heights.
Cemeteries Near Martin Heights ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Martin Heights.
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 Martin Heights covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.
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 Martin Heights in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Martin Heights.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Martin Heights, with the one closest to Martin Heights listed first.
| Level Plains [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Martin Heights |
| - || Level Plains had a post office and no railroad service |
| Clintonville [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Martin Heights |
| - || 1895 population of 172 people |
| - || Clintonville had a post office and no railroad service |
| Tabernacle [Map] |
| - || Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Martin Heights |
| - || Tabernacle had a post office and no railroad service |
| Daleville [Map] |
| - || Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Martin Heights |
| - || 1895 population of 76 people (with 5,101 people in 2016) |
| - || Daleville had a post office and no railroad service |
| Damascus [Map] |
| - || Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Martin Heights |
| - || Damascus had a post office and no railroad service |
| Clayhatchee [Map] |
| - || Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Martin Heights |
| - || Clayhatchee had a post office and no railroad service |
| Coffee Springs [Map] |
| - || Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Martin Heights |
| - || 1895 population of 32 people (with 227 people in 2016) |
| - || Coffee Springs had a post office and no railroad service |
| Ozark [Map] |
| - || Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Martin Heights |
| - || 1895 population of 1,195 people (with 14,610 people in 2016) |
| - || Ozark had a post office and railroad service |
We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Martin Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Martin Heights 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.
Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...
When we do our genealogical research, we 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 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 Martin Heights:
These websites are specific to Alabama:
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 Coffee County:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:
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.
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Martin Heights. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Martin Heights. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Martin Heights) to Point B.|
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Martin Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3424, Longitude: -85.8472 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Martin Heights 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 Martin Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Martin Heights.