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McDowell, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for McDowell ...

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 McDowell (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 McDowell. 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 McDowell ...

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 78 newspapers that have been published in the area around McDowell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of McDowell, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for McDowell.

Cemeteries Near McDowell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of McDowell.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Houpt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Palestine Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Millers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Pinetop Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Green Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Arrington Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Dug Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE New Green Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Longer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Memorial Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  NE Birdine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Phares Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Evening Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Arington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hard Bargain Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Jefferson Smalls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dallas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Spring Hill Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gilfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E John the Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Evening Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Creehill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blocker Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brewersville 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, McDowell had a post office and railroad service.

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

Belmont   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from McDowell
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Belmont had a post office and no railroad service
Demopolis   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from McDowell
 - 1895 population of 1,898 people (with 7,019 people in 2016)
 - Demopolis had a post office and railroad service
Coatopa   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from McDowell
 - 1895 population of 171 people
 - Coatopa had a post office and railroad service
Jefferson   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from McDowell
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Jefferson had a post office and no railroad service
Arcola   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from McDowell
 - Arcola had a post office and no railroad service
Tishabee   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from McDowell
 - Tishabee had a post office and no railroad service
Forkland   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from McDowell
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 597 people in 2016)
 - Forkland had a post office and no railroad service
Old Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from McDowell
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Old Spring Hill 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 McDowell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring McDowell 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

McDowell is located in Sumter County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sumter County: Choctaw, Greene, Marengo, Pickens, Kemper (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Sumter     (The home county for McDowell)
      Moore Town   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Epes   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Derby   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      York   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ward   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Butler   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Browns   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Safford   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Lizzieville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Akron   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Providence   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Linden   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      The Village   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marion   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 McDowell:

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 Sumter County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for McDowell ...

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

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 McDowell:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for McDowell.
      See our Misc Page for McDowell for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Sumter County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in McDowell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5235, Longitude: -87.9220     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for McDowell 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:

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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 McDowell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for McDowell.