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McGuinns Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for McGuinns 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 McGuinns 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 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 McGuinns 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 McGuinns 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 McGuinns Ferry.

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

Newspapers Published in McGuinns 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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around McGuinns Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of McGuinns Ferry, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for McGuinns Ferry.

Cemeteries Near McGuinns Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of McGuinns 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 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 McGuinns Ferry covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McAnelly Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Tipton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chaney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Chaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sarratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shipp Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bellefonte Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hansbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pinehaven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Finnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Norwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Finney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woods Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Pauper Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rosson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Hurt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dean Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shelton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Guffy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lovelady Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brandon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pinhook Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Zions Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Maple Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Langston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bynum Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Renshaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Blue Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kyles 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>

While we didn't find McGuinns Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of McGuinns Ferry.

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

Dutton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from McGuinns Ferry
 - Dutton had a post office and no railroad service
Index - Historic   [Map]
 - While Index was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from McGuinns Ferry
 - Index had a post office and no railroad service
Hollywood   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from McGuinns Ferry
 - Hollywood had a post office and railroad service
Bellefonte   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from McGuinns Ferry
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Bellefonte had a post office and no railroad service
Scottsboro   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from McGuinns Ferry
 - 1895 population of 959 people (with 14,484 people in 2017)
 - Scottsboro had a post office and railroad service
Pisgah   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from McGuinns Ferry
 - 1895 population of 43 people (with 701 people in 2017)
 - Pisgah had a post office and no railroad service
Talley - Historic   [Map]
 - While Talley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from McGuinns Ferry
 - Talley had a post office and no railroad service
Mahan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mahan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from McGuinns Ferry
 - Mahan 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 McGuinns Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring McGuinns Ferry 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 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.

McGuinns Ferry is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: DeKalb, Madison, Marshall, Dade (GA), Franklin (TN) & Marion (TN).

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

Jackson     (The home county for McGuinns Ferry)
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Section   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Blackankle   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Taft   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Powell   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chavies   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ider   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turkeytown   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Market   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Berryton (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Decherd (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenhaw (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Monteagle (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Marion (TN)
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 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 McGuinns Ferry:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in McGuinns Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6487, Longitude: -85.9611     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for McGuinns 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 McGuinns Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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