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Our Genealogical Helper for Providence ...

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 Providence (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 Providence. 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 Providence ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Providence.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Providence, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Providence.

Cemeteries Near Providence ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Providence.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE St. Peter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE St. Luke Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Cades Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gilfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Spring Hill Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jefferson Smalls Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Little Flanders Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Black Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Clover Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rembert Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Octagon Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rivers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  SW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Paradise Cemetery   [Map]     
  N John the Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Memorial Garden 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 Providence in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Providence.

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

Linden   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 206 people (with 1,936 people in 2017)
 - Linden had a post office and no railroad service
Old Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Old Spring Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Dayton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 412 people (with 47 people in 2017)
 - Dayton had a post office and no railroad service
Tombigbee - Historic   [Map]
 - While Tombigbee was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Providence
 - Tombigbee had a post office and no railroad service
Jefferson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Jefferson had a post office and no railroad service
Octagon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Octagon had a post office and no railroad service
Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]
 - While Crenshaw was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Crenshaw had a post office and no railroad service
Rembert   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Providence
 - Rembert 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 Providence. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Providence 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 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.

Providence is located in Marengo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marengo County: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Perry, Sumter & Wilcox.

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

Marengo     (The home county for Providence)
      Linden   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Butler   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Needham   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Safford   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Browns   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lizzieville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Akron   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Marion   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Derby   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ward   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Epes   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      York   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 helpful 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 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 Providence:

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 Marengo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke 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    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter 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 Marengo County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marengo 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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Communities in Alabama

About Marengo County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Providence. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3424, Longitude: -87.7761     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Providence 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 Providence, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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