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Meeksville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Meeksville ...

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 Meeksville (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 Meeksville. 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 Meeksville ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Meeksville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Meeksville, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Meeksville.

Cemeteries Near Meeksville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Meeksville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Orion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Williams & Andrew Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tick Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McNeil - Townsend Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Belsor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Springfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greene Hills Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Carroll Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Murphree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Copeland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Livingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dennis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kendrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE China Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Benson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hillard & Howard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hussey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Catalpa Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hills Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fannin 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 Meeksville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Meeksville.

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

Orion   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Meeksville
 - 1895 population of 172 people
 - Orion had a post office and no railroad service
Curry   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Meeksville
 - Curry had a post office and no railroad service
Ansley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Meeksville
 - Ansley had a post office and no railroad service
Center Point   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Meeksville
 - Center Point had a post office and no railroad service
Troy   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Meeksville
 - 1895 population of 3,449 people (with 19,191 people in 2016)
 - Troy had a post office and railroad service
Linwood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Meeksville
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Linwood had a post office and railroad service
China Grove   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Meeksville
 - 1895 population of 206 people
 - China Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Shady Grove   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Meeksville
 - Shady Grove 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 Meeksville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Meeksville 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 hospitals and 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.

Meeksville is located in Pike County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pike County: Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale & Montgomery.

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

Pike     (The home county for Meeksville)
      Orion   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Troy   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Banks   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clio   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Comer   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Perote   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Midway   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Jack   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Elba   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grady   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ada   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 it should be mentioned 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 Meeksville:

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 Pike County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Pike County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Meeksville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Meeksville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Meeksville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9184, Longitude: -86.0052     [Map].

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Meeksville.