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Our Genealogical Helper for Liberty ...

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 Liberty (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 Liberty. 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 Liberty ...

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 55 newspapers that have been published in the area around Liberty.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Liberty, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Liberty.

Cemeteries Near Liberty ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Liberty.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Klondike Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Talbert Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Linwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pawticfaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW West Kemper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Blackwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Chisholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Arkadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rush Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Samuel Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Daleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bluff Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pinecrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McRae Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Pine Forest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Center Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE DeKalb Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smyrna Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Daleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Herbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Herbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hesters Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hester 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 Liberty in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Liberty.

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

Prismatic   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Liberty
 - Prismatic had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Nebo   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Liberty
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Mount Nebo had a post office and no railroad service
Moscow   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Liberty
 - Moscow had a post office and no railroad service
Oktibbeha - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oktibbeha was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Liberty
 - Oktibbeha had a post office and no railroad service
Rio   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Liberty
 - 1895 population of 101 people
 - Rio had a post office and no railroad service
Daleville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Liberty
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Daleville had a post office and no railroad service
Spinks - Historic   [Map]
 - While Spinks was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Liberty
 - Spinks had a post office and no railroad service
De Kalb   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Liberty
 - 1895 population of 240 people (with 1,034 people in 2017)
 - De Kalb 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 Liberty. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Liberty 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 and doctors 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.

Liberty is located in Kemper County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kemper County: Sumter (AL), Lauderdale, Neshoba, Noxubee & Winston.

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

Kemper     (The home county for Liberty)
      De Kalb   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Electric Mills   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Scooba   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stonewall   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fellowship - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garlandsville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rose Hill   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Penantly   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orange   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baxter - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Suqualena   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Marion   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nellieburg   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Meridian   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vimville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Whynot   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Standing Pine   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bogue Chitto   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tucker   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Philadelphia   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pearl River   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Laurel Hill   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chunky   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hickory   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lucern   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Conehatta   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lake   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Six Towns - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shuqualak   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Macon   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sebastopol   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Noxapater   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Sumter (AL)
      Emelle (AL)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sledge (AL) - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cuba (AL)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bethel (AL) - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Geiger (AL)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      York (AL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Livingston (AL)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Panola (AL)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ward (AL)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Intercourse (AL)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Epes (AL)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gainesville (AL)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Liberty:

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 Kemper County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jasper County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Leake County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Neshoba County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Newton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noxubee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Scott County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County (AL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Mississippi:

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

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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Mississippi:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Liberty. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6612, Longitude: -88.7589     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Liberty 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:

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

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