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Our Genealogical Helper for Howells Ferry ...

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 Howells Ferry (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 Howells Ferry. 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 Howells Ferry ...

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 Howells Ferry.

  • While the name of this community is Howells Ferry, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Howells Ferry may originally have been Howell's Ferry.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Howells Ferry might be written as Howell Ferry.

Newspapers Published in Howells Ferry ...

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 5 newspapers that have been published in the area around Howells Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Howells Ferry, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Howells Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Howells Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Howells Ferry.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Finch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Moffet Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine View Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Finch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Agricola Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Finch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shipman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moffetville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Movella Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Movella Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wilmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moffet Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Tanners Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cowart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Joyner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stringfellow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dees Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Rocky Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Allentown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gardner Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Old Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Steede Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Magnolia Garden 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 Howells Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Howells Ferry.

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

Americus - Historic   [Map]
 - While Americus was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Howells Ferry
 - Americus had a post office and no railroad service
Three Rivers   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Howells Ferry
 - Three Rivers had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Grove (AL)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East (E) from Howells Ferry
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Oak Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Kushla (AL)   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East (E) from Howells Ferry
 - Kushla had a post office and railroad service
Chunchula (AL)   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Howells Ferry
 - 1895 population of 258 people
 - Chunchula had a post office and railroad service
Prichard (AL)   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East (E) from Howells Ferry
 - Prichard had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill (AL)   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Howells Ferry
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Whistler (AL)   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the East (E) from Howells Ferry
 - Whistler had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Howells Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Howells Ferry 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Howells Ferry is located in George County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of George County: Mobile (AL), Greene, Jackson, Perry & Stone.

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

George     (The home county for Howells Ferry)
      Lucedale   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brown Town   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leakesville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McLain   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Carson City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      D'Iberville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Biloxi   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wool Market   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coalville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hurley   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Americus - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wade   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Big Point   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brewton - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coll Town   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vancleave   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Escatawpa   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hickory Hills   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Martin Bluff   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moss Point   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beaumont   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wiggins   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Baldwin (AL)
      Spanish Fort (AL)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Park City (AL)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bromley (AL)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Daphne (AL)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stockton (AL)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montrose (AL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stapleton (AL)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fairhope (AL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Point Clear (AL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bay Minette (AL)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Mobile (AL)
      Wilmer (AL)   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Semmes (AL)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chunchula (AL)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gulfcrest (AL)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Eight Mile (AL)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Prichard (AL)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Country Club Village (AL)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saraland (AL)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chickasaw (AL)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tillmans Corner (AL)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Satsuma (AL)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Citronelle (AL)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
Washington (AL)
      Deer Park (AL)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vinegar Bend (AL)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fairford (AL)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sims Chapel (AL)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fruitdale (AL)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Malcolm (AL)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tibbie (AL)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Yellow Pine (AL)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      McIntosh (AL)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Howells Ferry:

These websites are specific to Mississippi:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Mississippi 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 Mississippi to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to George County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Baldwin County (AL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mobile County (AL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (AL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Mississippi:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Mississippi,     of George County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Mississippi     Cemetery Wiki for Mississippi
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Mississippi,     of George 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 Mississippi
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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Howells Ferry. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Howells Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Howells Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.8127, Longitude: -88.4581     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Howells Ferry 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 Howells Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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