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Port Royal, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Port Royal ...

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 Port Royal (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 Port Royal. 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.

Name Variations for Port Royal ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Port Royal.

  • Typical abbreviation for Port Royal: Prt. Royal

Newspapers Published in Port Royal ...

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 94 newspapers that have been published in the area around Port Royal.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Port Royal, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Port Royal.

Cemeteries Near Port Royal ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Port Royal.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Eaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Micken Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ramey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Arington Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Creehill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Birdine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Evening Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Erie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Casemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Longer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Green Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Evening Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Old Green Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Willis - Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jenkins Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Mays Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jackson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greenleaf Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Boston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hatche Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Martian Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Blocker Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greensboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE May Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stokes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Burk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rhone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hard Bargain Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
  S John the Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Alex Chapel Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Langham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Owens 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 Port Royal in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Port Royal.

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

Cedarville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Port Royal
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Cedarville had a post office and no railroad service
Arcola   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Port Royal
 - Arcola had a post office and no railroad service
Sawyerville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Port Royal
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Sawyerville had a post office and railroad service
Forkland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Port Royal
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 597 people in 2016)
 - Forkland had a post office and no railroad service
Whitsitt   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Port Royal
 - Whitsitt had a post office and no railroad service
Greensboro   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Port Royal
 - 1895 population of 1,759 people (with 2,365 people in 2016)
 - Greensboro had a post office and railroad service
Gallion   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Port Royal
 - Gallion had a post office and railroad service
Demopolis   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Port Royal
 - 1895 population of 1,898 people (with 7,019 people in 2016)
 - Demopolis had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Port Royal. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Port Royal 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Port Royal is located in Hale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hale County: Bibb, Greene, Marengo, Perry & Tuscaloosa.

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

Hale     (The home county for Port Royal)
      Arcola   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Akron   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brent   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Browns   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Safford   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Union   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Providence   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Linden   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      The Village   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marion   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Epes   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      York   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 - 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 Port Royal:

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 Hale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens 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    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Port Royal. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6415, Longitude: -87.7458     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Port Royal 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 Port Royal, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Port Royal.