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Searles, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Searles ...

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 Searles (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 Searles. 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 Searles ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Searles.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Searles, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Searles.

Cemeteries Near Searles ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Searles.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE West Brookwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Little Hurricane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Christian Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Scales Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Big Hurricane Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davis Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Prudes Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Bankston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Piney Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Ruhama Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Patton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Garners Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Andrews Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hephzibah 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 Searles in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Searles.

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

Brookwood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Searles
 - Brookwood had a post office and railroad service
Yolande   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Searles
 - Yolande had a post office and no railroad service
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Searles
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service
Coaling   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Searles
 - 1895 population of 116 people (with 1,642 people in 2016)
 - Coaling had a post office and railroad service
Dudley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Searles
 - Dudley had railroad service and no post office
Giles   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Searles
 - Giles had railroad service and no post office
Chamblee   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Searles
 - Chamblee had railroad service and no post office
Sumter   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Searles
 - Sumter had railroad service and no post office
Vance   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Searles
 - 1895 population of 96 people (with 1,501 people in 2016)
 - Vance 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 Searles. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Searles 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 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.

Searles is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Searles)
      Kellerman   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dolomite   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barney   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Searles:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Fayette 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      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa 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 ...

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About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Searles. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Tuscaloosa County: www.co.tuscaloosa.al.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Searles. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3243, Longitude: -87.3217     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Searles 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Searles, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Searles.