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Wards Mill, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wards Mill ...

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 Wards Mill (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 Wards Mill. 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.

Name Variations for Wards Mill ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Wards Mill.

  • Typical abbreviation for Wards Mill: Wards Ml. (or less commonly used: Wards Mll.)
  • While the name of this community is Wards Mill, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Wards Mill may originally have been Ward's Mill.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Wards Mill might be written as Ward Mill.

Newspapers Published in Wards Mill ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wards Mill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wards Mill, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wards Mill.

Cemeteries Near Wards Mill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wards Mill.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Emory Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holstum Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sharps Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Finney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sharon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Swint - Hammack Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Lafayette Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stamps Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Holstun Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Higgins Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sandy Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Handy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hill - Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Bell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sky View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chappell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Finley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Tatum Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Rest Haven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Hillcrest Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wehadkee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Standing Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenwood Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Forty Tyler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Milltown 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 Wards Mill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wards Mill.

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

Buffalo   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wards Mill
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Buffalo had a post office and railroad service
Fredonia   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wards Mill
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Fredonia had a post office and no railroad service
Five Points   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Wards Mill
 - Five Points had a post office and railroad service
LaFayette   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wards Mill
 - 1895 population of 1,369 people (with 2,968 people in 2016)
 - LaFayette had a post office and railroad service
Stroud   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Wards Mill
 - 1895 population of 285 people
 - Stroud had a post office and railroad service
Chapel Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wards Mill
 - Chapel Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Finley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wards Mill
 - Finley had a post office and no railroad service
Doublehead   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wards Mill
 - Doublehead 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 Wards Mill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wards Mill 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Wards Mill is located in Chambers County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chambers County: Lee, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Chambers     (The home county for Wards Mill)
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Penton   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ray   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Newell   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Site   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moreland (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smith City (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greenville (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harris City (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Luthersville (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Warm Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

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 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 Wards Mill:

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 Chambers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Chambers County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Chambers County: www.chamberscounty.com/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wards Mill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9715, Longitude: -85.3438     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wards Mill 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 Wards Mill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wards Mill.