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Sandfort, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sandfort ...

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 Sandfort (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 Sandfort. 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 Sandfort ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sandfort.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sandfort, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sandfort.

Cemeteries Near Sandfort ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sandfort.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Williams Dudley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Key Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Boykin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Carden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Seale United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jowers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Uchee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Walker Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Phillips - Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Joshua Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Sunset Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Pittsview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rising Star Baptist Church 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.<2>

While we didn't find Sandfort in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sandfort.

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

Hyram   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Sandfort
 - Hyram had a post office and no railroad service
Seale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sandfort
 - 1895 population of 299 people
 - Seale had a post office and railroad service
Hatchechubbee   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sandfort
 - 1895 population of 205 people
 - Hatchechubbee had a post office and railroad service
Crawford   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sandfort
 - Crawford had a post office and no railroad service
Uchee   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Sandfort
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Uchee had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Mitchell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Sandfort
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Fort Mitchell had a post office and railroad service
Ladonia   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sandfort
 - Ladonia had a post office and no railroad service
Hurtsboro   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sandfort
 - 1895 population of 433 people (with 593 people in 2016)
 - Hurtsboro 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 Sandfort. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sandfort 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Sandfort is located in Russell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Russell County: Barbour, Bullock, Lee, Macon, Chattahoochee (GA), Muscogee (GA) & Stewart (GA).

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

Russell     (The home county for Sandfort)
      Seale   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Comer   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Perote   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cusseta (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
Harris (GA)
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lumpkin (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Richland (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Sandfort:

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 Russell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talbot County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Russell County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Russell 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sandfort. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3382, Longitude: -85.2233     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sandfort 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 Sandfort, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sandfort.