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Young America, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Young America ...

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 Young America (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 Young America. 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 Young America ...

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 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Young America.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Young America, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Young America.

Cemeteries Near Young America ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Young America.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Gates of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Dothan City Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Hurts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gardens of Memory Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cowarts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Little Vine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Selma Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crestlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE East Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE West Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Poplar Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Memphis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cowarts Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bluff Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Pleasant Plains Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sylvan Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blackwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bay Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blackwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ashford City Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Kirklands Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lassiter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cedar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pinckard 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 Young America in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Young America.

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

Tidwell   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Young America
 - Tidwell had a post office and no railroad service
Headland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Young America
 - 1895 population of 417 people (with 4,741 people in 2016)
 - Headland had a post office and no railroad service
Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Young America
 - Midland City had a post office and railroad service
Barber   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Young America
 - Barber had a post office and no railroad service
Ashford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Young America
 - Ashford had a post office and railroad service
Keyton's   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Young America
 - Keyton's had railroad service and no post office
Big Creek   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Young America
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Big Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Young America
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 1,459 people in 2016)
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
Balkum   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Young America
 - Balkum 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 Young America. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Young America 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 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.

Young America is located in Houston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Houston County: Dale, Geneva, Henry, Jackson (FL), Early (GA) & Seminole (GA).

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

Houston     (The home county for Young America)
      Dothan   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Parish   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Avon   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Columbia   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Black   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Samson   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Headland   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Newville   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Graball   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Parramore (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alford (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Butler (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Calhoun (GA)
      Arlington (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Miller (GA)
      Colquitt (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Iron City (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 helpful 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 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 Young America:

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 Houston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Miller County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Houston County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Houston County: www.houstoncounty.org/

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' distance from Young America. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Young America) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Young America. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2585, Longitude: -85.3763     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Young America 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 Young America, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Young America.