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McGowans Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for McGowans Ferry ...

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 McGowans Ferry (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 McGowans Ferry. 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 McGowans Ferry ...

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 McGowans Ferry.

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

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 hospitals and doctors 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.

McGowans Ferry is located in Talladega County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Talladega County: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair & Shelby.

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

Talladega     (The home county for McGowans Ferry)
  Childersburg   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Bon Air   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Talladega Springs   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Comerdale   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Gantts Quarry   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Mignon   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sylacauga   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sycamore   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Alpine   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Logan Martin Dam   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Marbury   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Brierfield   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Oakley   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Eddings   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Randolph   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Nash Town - Historic   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Italian Town   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lawley   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Blocton - Historic   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bucktown - Historic   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Corinne - Historic   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Green Pond   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Remlap   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Eastaboga   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bruner - Historic   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bynum   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Boozer - Historic   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jemison   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Thorsby   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Clanton   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Verbena   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mountain Creek   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Maplesville   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hollins   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Chambers Springs   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Millerville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ashland   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Stewartville   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Weogufka   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mount Olive   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Goodwater   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rockford   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hissop   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Kellyton   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ray   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Equality   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Titus   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Leeds   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cahaba Heights   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hoover   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Vestavia Hills   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Scott City   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cahaba Landing   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Irondale   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Mountain Brook   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Lola City   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mountain Brook Village   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Alton   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Saint Clair
  Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Woodland Village   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cook's Springs   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Moody   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cropwell   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Glen City   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Acmar   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pell City   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Avondale Village   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Margaret   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wilsonville   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles
  Harpersville   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Westover   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Columbiana   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Vincent   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Merrell Beach   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Pine Grove Village   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Calcis   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sterrett   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Shoal Creek   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hackneyville   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Alexander City   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Goldville   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Our Town   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tannehill   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lake View   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near McGowans Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of McGowans Ferry.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Wilsonville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Old Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Heaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Heaslet Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kahatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wallace Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Whitfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chancellor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Crumpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ft. Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Childersburg City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rhoden Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kidd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Roper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Nicholls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Arkwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Masters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Columbiana Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Talladega Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Raley Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mose Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Verchot Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Odena Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Poindexter - Vick Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in McGowans Ferry ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around McGowans Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of McGowans Ferry, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for McGowans Ferry.

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 McGowans Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of McGowans Ferry.

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

Wilsonville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from McGowans Ferry
 - 1895 population of 184 people (with 2,005 people in 2017)
 - Wilsonville had a post office and railroad service
Harpersville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from McGowans Ferry
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 1,713 people in 2017)
 - Harpersville had a post office and no railroad service
Childersburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from McGowans Ferry
 - 1895 population of 777 people (with 4,905 people in 2017)
 - Childersburg had a post office and railroad service
Fayetteville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from McGowans Ferry
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Fayetteville had a post office and no railroad service
Talladega Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from McGowans Ferry
 - Talladega Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Columbiana   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from McGowans Ferry
 - 1895 population of 654 people (with 4,647 people in 2017)
 - Columbiana had a post office and railroad service
Zubers   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from McGowans Ferry
 - Zubers had a post office and no railroad service
Vincent   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from McGowans Ferry
 - Vincent 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 McGowans Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring McGowans Ferry 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 either 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 McGowans Ferry:

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 Talladega County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:     Cyndi's



Bibb County:     Cyndi's



Blount County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Chilton County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Coosa County:     Cyndi's



Elmore County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Tallapoosa County:     Cyndi's



Tuscaloosa County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Talladega County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in McGowans Ferry. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2398, Longitude: -86.4603     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for McGowans Ferry 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 McGowans Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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