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Our Genealogical Helper for Powers ...

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 Powers (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 Powers. 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 Powers ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Powers.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Powers, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Powers.

Cemeteries Near Powers ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Powers.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carthage Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mileous Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Star of Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Martin Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Havana Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenleaf Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones - Townsend Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Whitsitt - Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hulls Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sylvan Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Pruitt Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Parham Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Akron New Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Five Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Big Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Knoxville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spencers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Grants Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE China Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Big Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sealy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Grimes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE South Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dry Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Marys 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, Powers had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Havana   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Powers
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Havana had a post office and no railroad service
Sylvan   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Powers
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Sylvan had a post office and no railroad service
Hull   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Powers
 - 1895 population of 360 people
 - Hull had a post office and railroad service
Knoxville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Powers
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Knoxville had a post office and no railroad service
Foster's   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Powers
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Foster's had a post office and no railroad service
Phipps - Historic   [Map]
 - While Phipps was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Powers
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Phipps had a post office and no railroad service
Evansville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Powers
 - Evansville had railroad service and no post office
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Powers
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Powers. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Powers 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.

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

Hale     (The home county for Powers)
      Moundville   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brent   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Town   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Browns   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      The Village   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McShan   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Epes   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Panola   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Coker   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Northport   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]

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

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 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 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 Powers:

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      
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson 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    

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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Powers ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Hale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Powers. 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' distance that stretches from Powers. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Powers) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Powers. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9657, Longitude: -87.6558     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Powers 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 Powers, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Powers.