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Our Genealogical Helper for Salem ...

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 Salem (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 Salem. 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 Salem ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Salem.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Salem, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Salem.

Cemeteries Near Salem ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Salem.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Martins Station Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Orrville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fulton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Rosehill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rasco Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rasco Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Chapter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Parnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Marion Junction Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sugar Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hardy Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Cahaba Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cahaba Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Witt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pernell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Long Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Christian Light Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hennon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Athens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Seale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Living Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Friendship 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 Salem in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Salem.

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

Bogue Chitto   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Salem
 - Bogue Chitto had a post office and railroad service
Eleanor   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Salem
 - Eleanor had a post office and railroad service
Orrville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 321 people (with 178 people in 2017)
 - Orrville had a post office and railroad service
Hazen   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Salem
 - Hazen had a post office and railroad service
Massillon - Historic   [Map]
 - While Massillon was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Salem
 - Massillon had a post office and railroad service
Harrell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Salem
 - Harrell had a post office and no railroad service
Marion Junction   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 176 people
 - Marion Junction had a post office and railroad service
Safford   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Salem
 - Safford 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 Salem. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Salem 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 and hospitals 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.

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

Dallas     (The home county for Salem)
      Orrville   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Safford   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Selma   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Minter   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jones   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Benton   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Providence   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Linden   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hybart   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Camden   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Furman   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 Salem:

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    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chilton 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      
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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Dallas County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Salem. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3504, Longitude: -87.2622     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Salem 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 Salem, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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