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Stafford, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Stafford ...

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 Stafford (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 Stafford. 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 Stafford ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Stafford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Stafford, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Stafford.

Cemeteries Near Stafford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Stafford.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Forest Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Ethelsville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Baptist Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old El Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Strawbridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Parks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Andrews Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Andrews Chapel Church Yard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Brookshire Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Phoenix Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Zion Possum Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Funderburk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Carden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Coal Fire Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Baird Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sandfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stallin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethlehem Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Phoenix Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Eatman 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Stafford had a post office and no railroad service.

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

New Hope (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Stafford
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Coal Fire   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Stafford
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Coal Fire had a post office and no railroad service
Steens (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Stafford
 - Steens had railroad service and no post office
Fernbank   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Stafford
 - Fernbank had a post office and railroad service
Columbus (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Stafford
 - 1895 population of 14,703 people (with 24,561 people in 2016)
 - Columbus had a post office and railroad service
Millport   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Stafford
 - 1895 population of 244 people (with 999 people in 2016)
 - Millport had a post office and railroad service
Reform   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Stafford
 - 1895 population of 28 people (with 1,616 people in 2016)
 - Reform had a post office and no railroad service
Trinity (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Stafford
 - Trinity 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 Stafford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Stafford 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 and doctors 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.

Stafford is located in Pickens County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pickens County: Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Pickens     (The home county for Stafford)
      Ethelsville   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      McShan   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reform   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Panola   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Echola   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedar Bluff (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Amory (MS)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cotton Gin Port (MS) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Oktibbeha (MS)
      Clayton Village (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Starkville (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 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 Stafford:

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 Pickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Oktibbeha County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Stafford ...

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

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 Stafford:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Stafford.
      See our Misc Page for Stafford for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Pickens County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Stafford. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Stafford) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Stafford. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Stafford

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stafford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4469, Longitude: -88.2447     [Map].

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Stafford.