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Putnam, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Putnam ...

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 Putnam (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 Putnam. 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 Putnam ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Putnam.

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

Cemeteries Near Putnam ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Putnam.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Putnam Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Luker Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Mariah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Lucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nanafalia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spencer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lily Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Tallahatta Cemetery for Blacks   [Map]     
  NNW Red House Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Hatchet Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bashan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hoboken Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Bashi Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pruitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Aimwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Geneva Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Canathan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cedar Springs 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Putnam had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Morvin   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Putnam
 - Morvin had a post office and no railroad service
Nanafalia   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Putnam
 - 1895 population of 66 people
 - Nanafalia had a post office and no railroad service
Ararat   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Putnam
 - Ararat had a post office and no railroad service
Campbell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Putnam
 - Campbell had a post office and no railroad service
Nicholsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Putnam
 - Nicholsville had a post office and no railroad service
Cunningham   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Putnam
 - Cunningham had a post office and no railroad service
Aimwell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Putnam
 - Aimwell had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Sterling   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Putnam
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Mount Sterling had a post office and no railroad service
Bashi   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Putnam
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bashi 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 Putnam. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Putnam 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 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.

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

Marengo     (The home county for Putnam)
      Nanafalia   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Butler   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Needham   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ward   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      York   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Millry   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mehaffey - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coy   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shubuta (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 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 Putnam:

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      
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (MS):       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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Putnam ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Marengo County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Putnam. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Putnam

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Putnam. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0238, Longitude: -88.0315     [Map].

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Putnam.