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Our Genealogical Helper for Searcy ...

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 Searcy (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 Searcy. 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 Searcy ...

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 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Searcy.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Searcy, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Searcy.

Cemeteries Near Searcy ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Searcy.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Hartley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Antioch East Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kilgore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Moriah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Ft. Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pine Top Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Myrtlewood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Old Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Giddens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Summer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Temple Gate Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW William Seale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Reddoch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Andress Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Manningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sunrise Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Temple Gate Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Crenshaw Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Crenshaws Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bragg 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 Searcy had a population of 40 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Greenville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Searcy
 - 1895 population of 2,806 people (with 7,632 people in 2017)
 - Greenville had a post office and railroad service
Fort Deposit   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Searcy
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 1,186 people in 2017)
 - Fort Deposit had a post office and railroad service
Daisy   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Searcy
 - Daisy had a post office and no railroad service
Manningham   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Searcy
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Manningham had a post office and no railroad service
Calhoun   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Searcy
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Calhoun had a post office and railroad service
Glasgow   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Searcy
 - Glasgow had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Willing   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Searcy
 - 1895 population of 231 people
 - Mount Willing had a post office and no railroad service
Sandy Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Searcy
 - Sandy Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Herbert   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Searcy
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Herbert 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 Searcy. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Searcy 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Searcy is located in Butler County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Butler County: Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Lowndes, Monroe & Wilcox.

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

Butler     (The home county for Searcy)
      Greenville   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Booth   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ramah   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Heath   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Minter   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Benton   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ada   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Grady   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Orion   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Troy   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Awin   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Furman   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Camden   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 Searcy:

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 Butler County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike 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 Butler County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Butler 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 Searcy ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Butler County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Searcy. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9154, Longitude: -86.6053     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Searcy 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 Searcy, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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