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Our Genealogical Helper for York ...

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 York (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 York. 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.

A Few Details for York ...

We're sorry, but we don't have any information about the founding of York. If you can help, please Contact Us.

Information from our Profile Page for York:

  • It was incorporated April 6, 1881.

Name changes for York:

  • Prior to its current name of York, it was known as York Station.
  • It was originally named New York Station.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Newspapers Published in the area of York ...

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 56 newspapers that have been published in the area around York.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of York. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of York and those printed in the larger area surrounding York.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> of York.

Cemeteries Near York ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of York.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W York Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Home Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Rocks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Sumter Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Elmwood Memorial Estates   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Millville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Mt. Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Cagus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McElroy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pack Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Danner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Livingston Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Center Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cokes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Anna York Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Salem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dulls Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Parker 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 York in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of York.

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

Dove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from York
 - Dove had a post office and no railroad service
Cuba   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from York
 - 1895 population of 220 people (with 317 people in 2016)
 - Cuba had a post office and railroad service
Kewanee (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from York
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Kewanee had a post office and railroad service
Boyd   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from York
 - Boyd had a post office and no railroad service
Livingston   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from York
 - 1895 population of 850 people (with 3,454 people in 2016)
 - Livingston had a post office and railroad service
Kinterbish   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from York
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Kinterbish had a post office and no railroad service
Gaston   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from York
 - 1895 population of 138 people
 - Gaston had a post office and no railroad service
Tamola (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from York
 - Tamola had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around York. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring York 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 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.

York is located in Sumter County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sumter County: Choctaw, Greene, Marengo, Pickens, Kemper (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Sumter     (The home county for York)
      Intercourse   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ward   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Epes   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Butler   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Needham   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Providence   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Linden   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Enterprise (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stonewall (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      De Kalb (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Marion (MS)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Meridian (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Nellieburg (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Suqualena (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Collinsville (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Newton (MS)
      Chunky (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 York:

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 Sumter County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Greene 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    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kemper 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    
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Sumter County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Sumter 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 York. 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 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from York. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- York) 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 York. 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 York

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in York. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4886, Longitude: -88.2984     [Map].

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for York.