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Athens, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Athens ...

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 Athens (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 Athens. 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 the area of Athens ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Athens.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Athens. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Athens and those printed in the larger area surrounding Athens.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> of Athens.

Cemeteries Near Athens ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Athens.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Roselawn Cemetery [Map]      
  S West Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  S Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wiggins Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Burrell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Tanner Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Polly Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cambridge Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ESE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Menefee Cemetery [Map]      
  E Isom Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Fielding Cemetery [Map]      
  W McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
  W Turner Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Sunny Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Round Island Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Nebo Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Martin Cemetery [Map]      
  NW O'Neal Cemetery [Map]      
  W Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Hughey Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Gray Cemetery [Map]      
  E Fairview Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Slave Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Myers Cemetery [Map]      
  NW McCully Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Valley View Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Proctor Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hatchett Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pryor Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Fletcher Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Witty Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Reunion Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Berea Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Farrow Cemetery [Map]      
  W Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Riddle Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bridgeforth Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lucas Cemetery [Map]      
  S Macklin Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  E McClellan Cemetery [Map]      
  E Nick Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  N Montgomery Cemetery [Map]      
  N New Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pleasant Point Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Davchport Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Benford Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Binford Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
  S Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Quarter Lot Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Parker Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Glover Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Donaldson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lockhart Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cummins Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  W Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Ripley Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Antioch Cemetery #1 [Map]      
  NNW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW St. Mark Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gamble Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bibb Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Woodsides Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hundley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ragland Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Peete Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Toney Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Fletcher Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pike Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Vasser - Pettus Cemetery [Map]      
  E Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Concord Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE German Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Grigsby Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Elk River Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WNW Crenshaw Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Weir Cemetery [Map]      
  W Brooks Cemetery [Map]      
  W Poplar Creek 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Athens had a population of 940 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Athens had a population of 24,966 people.

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

Blackburn   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Athens
 - Blackburn had a post office and no railroad service
O'Neal   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Athens
 - O'Neal had a post office and no railroad service
Hay's Mill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Athens
 - Hay's Mill had railroad service and no post office
Harris Station   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Athens
 - Harris Station had railroad service and no post office
Cartwright   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Athens
 - Cartwright had a post office and no railroad service
Greenbrier   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Athens
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Greenbrier had a post office and railroad service
Poplar Creek   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Athens
 - Poplar Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Ripley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Athens
 - Ripley had a post office and no railroad service
Decatur Junction   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Athens
 - Decatur Junction 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 Athens. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Athens 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 doctors 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.

Athens is located in Limestone County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Limestone County: Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Giles (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Limestone     (The home county for Athens)
      Country Village   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Tanner   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Madison   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Normal   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hazel Green   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Olivet (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belleville (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marshall (TN)
      Delina (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cornersville (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Athens:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Limestone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Athens ...

While our initial data for Athens came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Athens in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Athens.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Athens:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Athens in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Athens for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Athens.
      See our Misc Page for Athens for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Limestone County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Athens:

The official website for Limestone County:

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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 begins in Athens. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Athens) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Athens. 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 Athens

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Athens. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7845, Longitude: -86.9514     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Athens 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 Athens, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Athens.


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