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McKinley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for McKinley ...

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 McKinley (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 McKinley. 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 McKinley ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around McKinley.

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

Cemeteries Near McKinley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of McKinley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Glovers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Zion Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jericho Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Sidney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Bethel Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Boiling Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rivers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Little Flanders Field Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Christian Light Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Gastonburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wilsor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Living Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenlawn Gardens   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cades Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shell Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Welcome Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Winfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ellawhite Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Goldman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rosemount 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that McKinley had a population of 126 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]
 - While Crenshaw was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from McKinley
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Crenshaw had a post office and no railroad service
Central Mills   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from McKinley
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Central Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Dayton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from McKinley
 - 1895 population of 412 people (with 49 people in 2016)
 - Dayton had a post office and no railroad service
Catherine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from McKinley
 - Catherine had a post office and railroad service
Gastonburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from McKinley
 - Gastonburg had a post office and no railroad service
Safford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from McKinley
 - Safford had a post office and railroad service
Uniontown   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from McKinley
 - 1895 population of 854 people (with 2,388 people in 2016)
 - Uniontown had a post office and railroad service
Tombigbee - Historic   [Map]
 - While Tombigbee was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from McKinley
 - Tombigbee had a post office and no railroad service
Faunsdale   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from McKinley
 - 1895 population of 211 people (with 92 people in 2016)
 - Faunsdale 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 McKinley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring McKinley 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.

McKinley is located in Marengo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marengo County: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Perry, Sumter & Wilcox.

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

Marengo     (The home county for McKinley)
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Linden   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Providence   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Safford   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Selma   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Minter   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Marion   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coy   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 McKinley:

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 Marengo 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      
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for McKinley ...

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

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 McKinley:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for McKinley.
      See our Misc Page for McKinley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Marengo County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for McKinley. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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' distance beginning in McKinley. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- McKinley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in McKinley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2985, Longitude: -87.5403     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for McKinley 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 McKinley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for McKinley.