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Our Genealogical Helper for Pickensville ...

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 Pickensville (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 Pickensville. 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 the area of Pickensville ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pickensville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Pickensville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Pickensville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Pickensville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> of Pickensville.

Cemeteries Near Pickensville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pickensville.

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

Distance &

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

While we didn't find Pickensville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Pickensville.

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

Bigbee Valley (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pickensville
 - 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 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pickensville
 - Brazelia had a post office and no railroad service
Memphis   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Pickensville
 - 1895 population of 120 people (with 28 people in 2017)
 - Memphis had a post office and no railroad service
Garden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pickensville
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Garden had a post office and no railroad service
Prairie Point (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pickensville
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Prairie Point had a post office and no railroad service
Dillburg   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Pickensville
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Dillburg had a post office and no railroad service
Cliftonville (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Pickensville
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Cliftonville had a post office and no railroad service
Bridgeville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pickensville
 - 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 Pickensville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pickensville 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 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 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.

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

Pickens     (The home county for Pickensville)
      Beaver Town   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McShan   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lizzieville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 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   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Echola   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coker   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 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   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Hamilton (MS)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
Oktibbeha (MS)
      Clayton Village (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Starkville (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 - you should note 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 Pickensville:

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    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Pickensville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Pickensville) 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 Pickensville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Pickensville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pickensville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2272, Longitude: -88.2663     [Map].

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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:

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

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