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Reform, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Reform ...

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 Reform (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 Reform. 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 Reform ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Reform.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Reform. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Reform and those printed in the larger area surrounding Reform.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> of Reform.

Cemeteries Near Reform ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Reform.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Greenhill Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Greenhill Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Arbor Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Browns Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Coal Fire Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW New Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Glen Echo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Baird Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Funderburk Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cockrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Arbor Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sand Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hargrove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Unity Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Phoenix Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Zion Possum Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hebron Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Linebarge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Phoenix Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gordo City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethlehem Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Doublebranches Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Unity Grove Lower Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Unity Grove Upper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Windle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Elmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hannah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Doublebranches Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Carrollton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Old Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Center Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sand Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Big Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Marvin Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dorroh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brown Hill 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 Reform had a population of 28 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Reform had a population of 1,616 people.

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

Bell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Reform
 - Bell had a post office and no railroad service
Coal Fire   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Reform
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Coal Fire had a post office and no railroad service
Gordo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Reform
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,672 people in 2016)
 - Gordo had a post office and no railroad service
Palmetto   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Reform
 - Palmetto had a post office and no railroad service
Lubbub   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Reform
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Lubbub had a post office and no railroad service
Millport   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Reform
 - 1895 population of 244 people (with 999 people in 2016)
 - Millport had a post office and railroad service
Dillburg   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Reform
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Dillburg had a post office and no railroad service
Moore's Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Reform
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Moore's Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Stafford   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Reform
 - Stafford had a post office and no railroad service
Kennedy   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Reform
 - 1895 population of 312 people (with 429 people in 2016)
 - Kennedy 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 Reform. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Reform 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 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 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.

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

Pickens     (The home county for Reform)
      Gordo   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Belk   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Millport   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Panola   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Echola   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corona   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Reform:

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    
Marion 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    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Disaster Stories from Alabama
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Reform ...

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

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 Reform:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Reform in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Reform for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Reform.
      See our Misc Page for Reform for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Pickens County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Reform. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3788, Longitude: -88.0173     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Reform 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 Reform, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Reform.