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Our Genealogical Helper for Safford ...

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 Safford (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 Safford. 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 Safford ...

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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Safford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Safford, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Safford.

Cemeteries Near Safford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Safford.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Christian Light Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hardy Young Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Wilsor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hennon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Martins Station Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Welcome Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gross Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Boiling Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gastonburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rehoboth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Orrville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Chapter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W New Bethel Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shell Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Living Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Athens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fulton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Sidney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Prairie Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Bethel 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 in 1895, Safford had a post office and railroad service.

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

Eleanor   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Safford
 - Eleanor had a post office and railroad service
Central Mills   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Safford
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Central Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Gastonburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Safford
 - Gastonburg had a post office and no railroad service
Rehoboth   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Safford
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Rehoboth had a post office and no railroad service
Bogue Chitto   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Safford
 - Bogue Chitto had a post office and railroad service
Crumptonia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Safford
 - Crumptonia had a post office and no railroad service
Orrville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Safford
 - 1895 population of 321 people (with 178 people in 2017)
 - Orrville had a post office and railroad service
Catherine   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Safford
 - Catherine 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 Safford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Safford 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Safford is located in Dallas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dallas County: Autauga, Chilton, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry & Wilcox.

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

Dallas     (The home county for Safford)
      Orrville   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Browns   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Minter   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jones   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Benton   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Providence   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Linden   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hybart   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Camden   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coy   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Safford:

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 Dallas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry 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 Dallas County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Dallas 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 Safford ...

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

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 Safford:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Safford.
      See our Misc Page for Safford for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Dallas County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Safford. 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 from Safford. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Safford) 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 Safford. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Safford

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Safford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2879, Longitude: -87.3714     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Safford 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 Safford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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