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Petrey, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Petrey ...

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 Petrey (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 Petrey. 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 Petrey ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Petrey.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Petrey, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Petrey.

Cemeteries Near Petrey ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Petrey.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Petrey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Head Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Wingard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Springfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Vernledge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Elam - Davidson Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Belsor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Garner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Lightfoot Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rutledge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Emmaus Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cauthens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smilie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ward - Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hillard & Howard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fannin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rocky Mount 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Petrey had a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Petrey had a population of 58 people.

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

Live Oak   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Petrey
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Live Oak had a post office and no railroad service
Wingard   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Petrey
 - Wingard had a post office and no railroad service
Patsburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Petrey
 - Patsburg had a post office and railroad service
Bradleyton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Petrey
 - Bradleyton had a post office and railroad service
Shady Grove   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Petrey
 - Shady Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Ansley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Petrey
 - Ansley had a post office and no railroad service
Saville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Petrey
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Saville had a post office and no railroad service
Vidette   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Petrey
 - Vidette 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 Petrey. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Petrey 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 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 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.

Petrey is located in Crenshaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Crenshaw County: Butler, Coffee, Covington, Lowndes, Montgomery & Pike.

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

Crenshaw     (The home county for Petrey)
      Highland Home   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clio   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Perote   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elba   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heath   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      County Line   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Opp   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grady   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ada   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Orion   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Troy   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Banks   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]

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

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 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 Petrey:

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 Crenshaw 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    
Covington 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    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Petrey:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
We have found Petrey in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Petrey for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Petrey.
      See our Misc Page for Petrey for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Alabama Community

About Crenshaw County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Petrey. 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 Petrey. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Petrey) 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 Petrey. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Petrey

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Petrey. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8495, Longitude: -86.2057     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Petrey 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: findagrave.com.

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Petrey.