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Briarcliff, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Briarcliff ...

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 Briarcliff (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 Briarcliff. 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 Briarcliff ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Briarcliff.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Briarcliff, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Briarcliff.

Cemeteries Near Briarcliff ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Briarcliff.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW George Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Gresham Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Flint Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Florence Cemetery [Map]      
  E Price Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Kachelman Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Duncan Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  E Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  E Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Simmons Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  W Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Smith Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery [Map]      
  E Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Chisholm Cemetery [Map]      
  N Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pearson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Winbourn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Walston Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Simpson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Key Cemetery [Map]      
  E Jones Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  W Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pearsall Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tate - Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Parsonage Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Paulk Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dowdy Cemetery [Map]      
  W Noel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Rowell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pride Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McGee Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Perkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Donley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  N Nolen 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 Briarcliff in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Briarcliff.

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

Florence   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Briarcliff
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Briarcliff
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Briarcliff
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Briarcliff
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Briarcliff
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland had a post office and no railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Briarcliff
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Briarcliff
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 464 people in 2015)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Cloverdale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Briarcliff
 - Cloverdale 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 Briarcliff. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Briarcliff 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 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.

Briarcliff is located in Lauderdale County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Briarcliff)
      Florence   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Killen   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Briarcliff:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Briarcliff. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8370, Longitude: -87.7111     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Briarcliff 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 Briarcliff, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Briarcliff.


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