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Our Genealogical Helper for Renson ...

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 Renson (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 Renson. 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 Renson ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Renson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Renson, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Renson.

Cemeteries Near Renson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Renson.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rumbley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE McMillan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Limestone Faulk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Puryearville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Amity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Wiggins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Daily Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mexia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bermuda Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Scotland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E John Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carry Mt. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Excel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ramah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bryant - Deer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Repton Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethesda Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Orchard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Liberty 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 Renson in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Renson.

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

Monroeville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Renson
 - 1895 population of 140 people (with 5,927 people in 2017)
 - Monroeville had a post office and no railroad service
Axle   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Renson
 - Axle had a post office and no railroad service
Bermuda   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Renson
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Bermuda had a post office and no railroad service
Burnt Corn   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Renson
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Burnt Corn had a post office and no railroad service
Repton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Renson
 - Repton had a post office and railroad service
River Ridge - Historic   [Map]
 - While River Ridge was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Renson
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - River Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Perdue Hill   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Renson
 - 1895 population of 282 people
 - Perdue Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Lovan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lovan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Renson
 - Lovan had a post office and no railroad service
Natchez   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Renson
 - Natchez had a post office and no railroad service
Belleville   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Renson
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Belleville 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 Renson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Renson 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Renson is located in Monroe County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monroe County: Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia & Wilcox.

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

Monroe     (The home county for Renson)
      Peterman   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Excel   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Little River   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blacksher   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alma   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ramah   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Repton   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Range   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Minter   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brewton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      East Brewton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Riverview   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pollard   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flomaton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Awin   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camden   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Furman   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Century (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Renson:

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 Monroe County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo 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    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Monroe County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Monroe 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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Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Monroe County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Renson. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Renson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Renson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5541, Longitude: -87.2839     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Renson 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:

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

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