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Rural, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Rural ...

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 Rural (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Rural. 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.

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 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.

Rural is located in Clarke County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clarke County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Wilcox.

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

Clarke     (The home county for Rural)
  Thomasville   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Fulton   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Dickinson   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Grove Hill   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Whatley   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Campbell   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Morvin   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Coffeeville   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Walker Springs   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Salitpa   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Stave Creek   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bladon Springs   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pennington   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Choctaw City   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Butler   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Toxey   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cullomburg   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gilbertown   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jachin   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bolinger   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Silas   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pelham   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Needham   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ramah   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Safford   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ellison - Historic   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Vineland   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dixon's Mills   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Sweet Water   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Putnam   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Nanafalia   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Barrons - Historic   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Half Acre   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Thomaston   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Myrtlewood   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Beckleys - Historic   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Finchburg - Historic   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hybart   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Scratch Ankle   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Vredenburgh   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Perdue Hill   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Buena Vista   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lovan - Historic   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Beatrice   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mexia   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tunnel Springs   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Monroeville   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Peterman   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Freetown   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Frankville   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Leroy   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Saint Stephen's   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bigbee   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bassetts Creek   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wagarville   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hobson   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sunflower   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Millry   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Barlow   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Chatom   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lower Peach Tree   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pine Hill   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Kimbrough   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Coy   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Anne Manie   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Yellow Bluff   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Millers Ferry   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Camden   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Catherine   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Boykin   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Alberta   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  McWilliams   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Rural ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rural.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Rural covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Tate Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW McFadden Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Tate Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Choctaw Corner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Danzy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Bassett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Smiths Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Finley Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Magnolia Lawns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Independence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Airmount Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tutt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Spinks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Gates Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lower Peach Tree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bashi Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Rural ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rural.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rural, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rural.

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, Rural had a post office and railroad service.

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

Thomasville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Rural
 - 1895 population of 291 people (with 3,943 people in 2017)
 - Thomasville had a post office and railroad service
Choctaw Corner   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Rural
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Choctaw Corner had a post office and no railroad service
Dickinson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rural
 - Dickinson had a post office and no railroad service
Atkeison   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rural
 - Atkeison had a post office and no railroad service
Glover   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rural
 - Glover had a post office and no railroad service
Tallahatta Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rural
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Tallahatta Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Culpeper   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Rural
 - Culpeper had a post office and no railroad service
Sunny South   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rural
 - Sunny South had a post office and railroad service
Clayhill   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Rural
 - Clayhill 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 Rural. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rural in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Rural:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:     Cyndi's



Conecuh County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Marengo County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Perry County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Wilcox County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Clarke County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Clarke 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rural ...

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

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 Rural:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Rural. See our Misc Page for Rural for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Clarke County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rural. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8643, Longitude: -87.7386     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rural 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 Rural, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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