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Atwood, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Atwood ...

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 Atwood (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 Atwood. 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 Atwood ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Atwood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Atwood, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Atwood.

Cemeteries Near Atwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Atwood.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Baggett Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Pilot Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
  S Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  S Dempsey Cemetery [Map]      
  S Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Overton Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Single Springs Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Osborn Cemetery [Map]      
  E McCurley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Burleson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Brazel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Childers Family Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Nichols Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hodges Cemetery [Map]      
  E Scott Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Sparks Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW McCarley Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gober Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Newburg Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Burntout Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Burnout Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Line Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bolin Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Berry Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lawler Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Nauvoo Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Halltown Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Weatherbee Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lockridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cleveland Cemetery [Map]      
  E Lawler Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mountain Home Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Old Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bullen Cemetery [Map]      
  W Ebeneezer Cemetery [Map]      
  W Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Donham Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Nix Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S New Hope Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  E Grissom Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lawler Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Red Bay City Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Shottsville Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cockrell - Cofield Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Lawhorn Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Patterson Strickland Cemetery [Map]      
  S Palmer Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cochran Family Cemetery [Map]      
  E Edgar Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Moorman Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Frankfort Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Tompkins Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Tharp Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Ridge Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Ridge Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  


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 Atwood in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Atwood.

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

Red Bay   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Atwood
 - Red Bay had a post office and no railroad service
Shottsville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Atwood
 - Shottsville had a post office and no railroad service
Belgreen   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Atwood
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Belgreen had a post office and no railroad service
Hackleburg   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Atwood
 - Hackleburg had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Site   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Atwood
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Pleasant Site had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Atwood
 - Rockwood had a post office and no railroad service
Eastman (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Atwood
 - Eastman had a post office and no railroad service
Bexar   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Atwood
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Bexar 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 Atwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Atwood 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.

Atwood is located in Franklin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Franklin County: Colbert, Lawrence, Marion, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Franklin     (The home county for Atwood)
      Vina   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Guin   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mantachie (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
Lee (MS)
      Baldwyn (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Guntown (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Plantersville (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Saltillo (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nettleton (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Smithville (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Amory (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 Atwood:

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Franklin County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Franklin 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 Atwood. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Atwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3607, Longitude: -87.9950     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Atwood 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 Atwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Atwood.


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