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Burnstown, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Burnstown ...

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 Burnstown (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 Burnstown. 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 Burnstown ...

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 Burnstown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Burnstown, 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 Burnstown.

Cemeteries Near Burnstown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Burnstown.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Finley Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Burns Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Carter Branch Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Martin Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Forest Grove Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Twitty Cemetery [Map]      
  W Paradise Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Sally Burns Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Highland Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Old Union Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Alsobrook Cemetery [Map]      
  N Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Salem Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S James Cemetery [Map]      
  W Tishomingo Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Nunley Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bethany Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Pittsburg Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSE Lower Pleasant Site Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pleasant Site Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bolton Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Richard Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Boggs Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Nunley Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Joel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Byram Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Mann Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  E Key Underwood Coondog Memorial Park [Map]      
  NE Mt. Hester Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Morris Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NW Hodge Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Palestine Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Union Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Lindsey Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Hale Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SE Cedar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Belue Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Jackson Camp Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WSW Dean Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Epps Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW White Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSE Patterson Strickland Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Joy Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  ENE Davis Temple Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Rutland Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Prospect Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW South Crossroads Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Stephens 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 Burnstown in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Burnstown.

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

Bishop   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Burnstown
 - Bishop had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Site   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Burnstown
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Pleasant Site had a post office and no railroad service
Denton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Denton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Burnstown
 - Denton had a post office and no railroad service
Margerum   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Burnstown
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Margerum had a post office and railroad service
Belmont (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Burnstown
 - 1895 population of 24 people (with 2,039 people in 2015)
 - Belmont had a post office and no railroad service
Rock Creek   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Burnstown
 - Rock Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Cherokee   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Burnstown
 - Cherokee had a post office and railroad service
Ingleton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ingleton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Burnstown
 - Ingleton had a post office and no railroad service
Iuka (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Burnstown
 - 1895 population of 1,019 people (with 3,001 people in 2015)
 - Iuka had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Burnstown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Burnstown 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.

Burnstown is located in Colbert County.

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

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

Colbert     (The home county for Burnstown)
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vina   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Corinth (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kossuth (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mantachie (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Lee (MS)
      Baldwyn (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Guntown (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saltillo (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jumpertown (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Guys (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eastview (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stantonville (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ramer (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 Burnstown:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Franklin 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    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Alcorn County (MS):       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    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       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    
McNairy 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 Colbert County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Colbert 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.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Burnstown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6431, Longitude: -88.1189     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Burnstown 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 Burnstown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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