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Pickens Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Pickens 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 Pickens 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 Pickens 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.

Newspapers Published in Pickens 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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pickens Ferry.

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

Cemeteries Near Pickens Ferry ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lower Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Upper Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bigbee Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE New Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Roberson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Old Christian Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bigbee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Spring Hill Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Memphis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Toliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Togo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Spiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Blubber Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Aliceville Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Big Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brookshire Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE New Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Sinal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Franconia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Martin 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 Pickens Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Pickens Ferry.

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

Bigbee Valley (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pickens Ferry
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Bigbee Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Brazelia (MS) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Brazelia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pickens Ferry
 - Brazelia had a post office and no railroad service
Memphis   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Pickens Ferry
 - 1895 population of 120 people (with 28 people in 2016)
 - Memphis had a post office and no railroad service
Garden   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pickens Ferry
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Garden had a post office and no railroad service
Cliftonville (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Pickens Ferry
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Cliftonville had a post office and no railroad service
Prairie Point (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pickens Ferry
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Prairie Point had a post office and no railroad service
Harlan (MS) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Harlan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pickens Ferry
 - Harlan had a post office and no railroad service
Dillburg   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Pickens Ferry
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Dillburg had a post office and no railroad service
Deerbrook (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Pickens Ferry
 - Deerbrook had a post office and no railroad service
Bridgeville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pickens Ferry
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Bridgeville 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 Pickens Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pickens 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Pickens Ferry is located in Pickens County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pickens County: Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Pickens     (The home county for Pickens Ferry)
      Pickensville   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Beaver Town   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      McShan   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Panola   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Epes   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Echola   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coker   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      De Kalb (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
Oktibbeha (MS)
      Clayton Village (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Starkville (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 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 Pickens 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 Pickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette 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      
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Oktibbeha County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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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 Pickens Ferry. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Pickens Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pickens Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2282, Longitude: -88.2909     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pickens Ferry 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 Pickens Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Pickens Ferry.