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Nanafalia, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Nanafalia ...

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 Nanafalia (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 Nanafalia. 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 Nanafalia ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Nanafalia.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Nanafalia, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Nanafalia.

Cemeteries Near Nanafalia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Nanafalia.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Nanafalia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Mariah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Geneva Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Aimwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Red House Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Spencer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Putnam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Luker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beaver Creek Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE James Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hoboken Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Millwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Berry Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Lucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pruitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Paynes Chapel Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morning Star 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 Nanafalia had a population of 66 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Aimwell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Nanafalia
 - Aimwell had a post office and no railroad service
Putnam   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Nanafalia
 - Putnam had a post office and no railroad service
Tompkinsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Nanafalia
 - Tompkinsville had a post office and no railroad service
Sweet Water   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Nanafalia
 - 1895 population of 140 people (with 242 people in 2016)
 - Sweet Water had a post office and no railroad service
Morvin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Nanafalia
 - Morvin had a post office and no railroad service
Nicholsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Nanafalia
 - Nicholsville had a post office and no railroad service
Myrtlewood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Nanafalia
 - Myrtlewood had a post office and no railroad service
Moss - Historic   [Map]
 - While Moss was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Nanafalia
 - Moss 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 Nanafalia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Nanafalia 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Nanafalia 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 Nanafalia. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Nanafalia:

Marengo     (The home county for Nanafalia)
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Putnam   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Butler   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Needham   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Safford   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ward   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      York   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Epes   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Millry   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 Nanafalia:

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      
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke 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 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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Nanafalia ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Alabama Community

About Marengo County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Nanafalia. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Nanafalia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nanafalia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1130, Longitude: -87.9887     [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 Nanafalia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Nanafalia.