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Selma, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Selma ...

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 Selma (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 Selma. 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 Selma ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Selma.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Selma, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Selma.

Cemeteries Near Selma ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Selma.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Live Oak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Live Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Kings Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Pineview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Childers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WNW Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Parnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sugar Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Luke Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kelso Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tyrus Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Witt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Rosehill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cahaba Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Cahaba Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  E DuBose Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Everdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Adams Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Home Aid Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pernell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Prosperity 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 Selma had a population of 7,622 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Selma had a population of 18,983 people.

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

Cahaba - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cahaba was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Selma
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Cahaba had a post office and no railroad service
Augustin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Selma
 - Augustin had a post office and no railroad service
Summerfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Selma
 - 1895 population of 383 people
 - Summerfield had a post office and no railroad service
Burnsville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Selma
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Burnsville had a post office and railroad service
Berlin   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Selma
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Berlin had a post office and railroad service
Tyler   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Selma
 - Tyler had a post office and no railroad service
Harrell   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Selma
 - Harrell had a post office and no railroad service
Hazen   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Selma
 - Hazen 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 Selma. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Selma 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 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.

Selma is located in Dallas County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dallas County: Autauga, Chilton, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry & Wilcox.

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

Dallas     (The home county for Selma)
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Valley Grande   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Browns   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Safford   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Jones   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Booth   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Town   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brent   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Benton   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Marion   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      The Village   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Furman   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Awin   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 - although 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 Selma:

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      
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore 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    
Montgomery 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Selma ...

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

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 Selma:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Selma in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Selma for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Selma.
      See our Misc Page for Selma for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Dallas County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Selma. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4166, Longitude: -87.0335     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Selma 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 Selma, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Selma.