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Our Genealogical Helper for Thomasville ...

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 Thomasville (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 Thomasville. 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 the area of Thomasville ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thomasville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Thomasville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Thomasville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Thomasville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> of Thomasville.

Cemeteries Near Thomasville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thomasville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W McFadden Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Choctaw Corner Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Danzy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Tate Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Finley Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Airmount Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Tate Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tutt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Independence Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bashi Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Arbor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morrisette Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bassett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Dunning Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smiths Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pruitt 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 Thomasville had a population of 291 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Thomasville had a population of 3,943 people.

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

Choctaw Corner   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Thomasville
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Choctaw Corner had a post office and no railroad service
Rural   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Thomasville
 - Rural had a post office and railroad service
Atkeison   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Thomasville
 - Atkeison had a post office and no railroad service
Glover   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thomasville
 - Glover had a post office and no railroad service
Sunny South   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thomasville
 - Sunny South had a post office and railroad service
Clayhill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Thomasville
 - Clayhill had a post office and no railroad service
Tallahatta Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Thomasville
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Tallahatta Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Ellison - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ellison was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Thomasville
 - Ellison 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 Thomasville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thomasville 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 doctors and 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.

Thomasville is located in Clarke County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clarke County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Wilcox.

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

Clarke     (The home county for Thomasville)
      Fulton   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Butler   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Needham   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Safford   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hybart   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Derby   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Millry   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coy   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Camden   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Thomasville:

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington 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 Clarke County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Clarke 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 Thomasville ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Clarke County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Thomasville. 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 from Thomasville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Thomasville) 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 Thomasville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Thomasville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thomasville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9109, Longitude: -87.7418     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thomasville 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 Thomasville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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