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Mays Crossroads, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mays Crossroads ...

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 Mays Crossroads (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 Mays Crossroads. 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 Mays Crossroads ...

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 Mays Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mays Crossroads: Mays Xrds.
  • While the name of this community is Mays Crossroads, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Mays Crossroads may originally have been May's Crossroads.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Mays Crossroads might be written as May Crossroads.

Newspapers Published in Mays Crossroads ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mays Crossroads.

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

Cemeteries Near Mays Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mays Crossroads.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stave Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Peniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Overstreet Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Faith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Union - Mt. Stoney Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Leroy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bumpers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McKenzie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Parker Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jackson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Griffin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Blount Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stoker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gaddies Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hollingsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Forman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Frankville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW James Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Clearwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clarkville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grenade Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wesley Chapel 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 Mays Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mays Crossroads.

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

Salitpa   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mays Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Salitpa had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Stephen's   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mays Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 387 people
 - Saint Stephen's had a post office and no railroad service
Winn   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Mays Crossroads
 - Winn had a post office and no railroad service
Jackson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mays Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 4,907 people in 2016)
 - Jackson had a post office and railroad service
Carson   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mays Crossroads
 - Carson had a post office and railroad service
Frankville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Mays Crossroads
 - Frankville had a post office and no railroad service
Bigbee   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Mays Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Bigbee had a post office and no railroad service
Wagar   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Mays Crossroads
 - Wagar 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 Mays Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mays Crossroads 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 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.

Mays Crossroads is located in Clarke County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clarke County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Wilcox.

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

Clarke     (The home county for Mays Crossroads)
      Salitpa   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alma   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Little River   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Silas   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Needham   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Butler   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Movico   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Citronelle   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Excel   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Millry   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Greene (MS)
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - you should note 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 Mays Crossroads:

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Off-the-Road Links ...

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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' (or point-to-point) distance from Mays Crossroads. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mays Crossroads) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mays Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6038, Longitude: -87.9875     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mays Crossroads 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 Mays Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mays Crossroads.