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Samson, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Samson ...

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 Samson (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 Samson. 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.

Samson is located in Geneva County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Geneva County: Coffee, Covington, Dale, Houston, Holmes (FL) & Walton (FL).

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

Geneva     (The home county for Samson)
  Coffee Springs   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Costilla - Historic   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Chancellor   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Geneva   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Eunola - Historic   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Scranton   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Black   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Slocomb   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Malvern   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kinston   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Battens Crossroads   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Central City   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  New Brockton   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Elba   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pine Level   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Victoria   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Jack   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wilkinstown   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Frisco   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Beulah   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  County Line   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Onycha   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Opp   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Horn Hill   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Florala   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Lockhart   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Babbie   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sanford   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Libertyville   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Andalusia   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Carolina   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dozier   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Brantley   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Glenwood   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Merrill Mill   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clayhatchee   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Level Plains   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Holiday Village   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Daleville   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Fort Rucker   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Newton   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pinckard   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ozark   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Midland City   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Grimes   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Napier Field   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mabson   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bradley   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Merritts Crossroads   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Parker Village   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Taylor   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rehobeth   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dothan   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Madrid   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Parish   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Tennille   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Holmes (FL)
  Esto (FL)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Noma (FL)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Westville (FL)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ponce de Leon (FL)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bonifay (FL)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Jackson (FL)
  Graceville (FL)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Campbellton (FL)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jacob City (FL)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
  Svea (FL)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Garden City (FL)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Crestview (FL)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walton (FL)
  Paxton (FL)   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pleasant Grove (FL)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Argyle (FL)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  De Funiak Springs (FL)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mossy Head (FL)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Washington (FL)
  Caryville (FL)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Five Points (FL)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Coosada Old Town (FL) - Historic   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Chipley (FL)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Brock Crossroad (FL)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Vernon (FL)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Samson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Samson.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Hall & Rivers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Travelers Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Crews Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Liberty Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Flat Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Corner Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Corner Creek Upper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sunset Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Haney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McDuffie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Weeks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Coffee Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Little Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Royals Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McDuffie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vaughanville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE El Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kinston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Adams Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Samson ...

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 47 newspapers that have been published in the area around Samson.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Samson. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Samson and those printed in the larger area surrounding Samson.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 20 miles [32.2 km] of Samson.

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 Samson in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Samson.

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

Marl   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Samson
 - Marl had a post office and no railroad service
Coffee Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Samson
 - 1895 population of 32 people (with 226 people in 2017)
 - Coffee Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Vaughanville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Samson
 - 1895 population of 99 people
 - Vaughanville had a post office and no railroad service
Geneva   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Samson
 - 1895 population of 638 people (with 4,365 people in 2017)
 - Geneva had a post office and no railroad service
Alberton   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Samson
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Alberton had a post office and no railroad service
Highfalls   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) from Samson
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Highfalls had a post office and no railroad service
Damascus   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Samson
 - Damascus had a post office and no railroad service
Green Bay   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Samson
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Green Bay 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 Samson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Samson in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Samson:

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 Geneva County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Coffee County:     Cyndi's



Covington County:     Cyndi's



Crenshaw County:     Cyndi's



Dale County:     Cyndi's



Escambia County:     Cyndi's



Houston County:     Cyndi's



Pike County:     Cyndi's



Holmes County (FL):     Cyndi's



Jackson County (FL):     Cyndi's



Okaloosa County (FL):     Cyndi's



Walton County (FL):     Cyndi's



Washington County (FL):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Geneva County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Samson. 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Samson) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Samson. 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 Samson

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Samson. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1124, Longitude: -86.0463     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Samson 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 Samson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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