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Brownville, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Brownville ...

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 Brownville (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 Brownville. 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 Brownville ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brownville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brownville, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brownville.

Cemeteries Near Brownville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brownville.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N McGee Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Tabernacle Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Old Dunn Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Dunns Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethabara Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Traweek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Winn Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Moores Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Winters Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Phillips Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Crossroads Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Dennis Springer Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pool Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mayfield Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Kemp Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Wilburn Cemetery [Map]      
  S Springer Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bone Camp Cemetery [Map]      
  E Harkey Cemetery [Map]      
  E Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Nazareth Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Edmondson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Haygood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rogers Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wommack Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Doublebranches Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hannah Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  S Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cowden Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Prewitt Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Prewitte Cemetery [Map]      
  E Arbor Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Winters Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McGuire Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Espy Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gilliam Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
  N El Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hargrove Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Gordo City Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Popular Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pole Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Doublebranches Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Sand Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shepherd Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Backbone Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cornelius Chapel #1 Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cornelius Chapel #2 Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Big Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  E Simpson - Cain Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rice Cemetery [Map]      
  N Patterson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Big Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Hope 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 Brownville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Brownville.

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

Moore's Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Brownville
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Moore's Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Lubbub   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Brownville
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Lubbub had a post office and no railroad service
Samantha   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Brownville
 - Samantha had a post office and no railroad service
Gordo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brownville
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,687 people in 2015)
 - Gordo had a post office and no railroad service
Newtonville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Brownville
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Newtonville had a post office and no railroad service
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Brownville
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Bell   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brownville
 - Bell had a post office and no railroad service
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Brownville
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 24,772 people in 2015)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
New Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Brownville
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - New Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
Palmetto   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Brownville
 - Palmetto 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 Brownville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brownville 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.

Brownville is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Brownville)
      Echola   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Northport   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Guin   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Corona   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Townley   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Brownville:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brownville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3926, Longitude: -87.7533     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brownville 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 Brownville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Brownville.


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