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West Butler, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for West Butler ...

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 West Butler (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 West Butler. 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 West Butler ...

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 West Butler.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Butler: W. Butler

Newspapers Published in West Butler ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Butler.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Butler, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Butler.

Cemeteries Near West Butler ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of West Butler.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Bogueloosa Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Butler City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Resthaven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Brightwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McLendon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Cedar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Episcopal Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Lusk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Canathan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Bonner Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lily Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tims 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>

While we didn't find West Butler in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West Butler.

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

Hinton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Butler
 - Hinton had a post office and no railroad service
Lusk   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from West Butler
 - Lusk had a post office and no railroad service
Butler   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West Butler
 - 1895 population of 178 people (with 1,773 people in 2016)
 - Butler had a post office and no railroad service
Pushmataha   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from West Butler
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Pushmataha had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Sterling   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from West Butler
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Mount Sterling had a post office and no railroad service
Melvin   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Butler
 - Melvin had a post office and no railroad service
Ararat   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Butler
 - Ararat had a post office and no railroad service
Energy (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Butler
 - Energy 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 West Butler. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Butler 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

West Butler is located in Choctaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Choctaw County: Clarke, Marengo, Sumter, Washington, Clarke (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Wayne (MS).

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

Choctaw     (The home county for West Butler)
      Needham   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Butler   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ward   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      York   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millry   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mehaffey - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Shubuta (MS)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stonewall (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Enterprise (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pachuta (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Jasper (MS)
      Orange (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fellowship (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stafford Springs (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vossburg (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rose Hill (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Heidelberg (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kelona (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marion (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Meridian (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nellieburg (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Suqualena (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Newton (MS)
      Chunky (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clara (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 West Butler:

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 Choctaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo 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    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jasper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Newton County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Butler. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0688, Longitude: -88.3353     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Butler 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 West Butler, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for West Butler.