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Cairo, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cairo ...

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 Cairo (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 Cairo. 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 Cairo ...

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 Cairo.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cairo, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cairo.

Cemeteries Near Cairo ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cairo.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Sandlin Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Elk River Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Lentzville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Weir Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Crenshaw Cemetery [Map]      
  E Grigsby Cemetery [Map]      
  W Barker Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Higgens Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Temperance Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Shoemaker Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Bedingfield Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Legg Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Davchport Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pleasant Point Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Dupree Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Evans Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Greer Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Dement Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Townsend Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hardy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Brooks Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Berea Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Craig Cemetery [Map]      
  N Tedd Cemetery [Map]      
  N Elledge Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Hooie Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  S Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE O'Neal Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McCully Cemetery [Map]      
  E Myers Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Legg Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Browning Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Romine Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Rutherford Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Lucy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ripley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Farrow Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Valley View Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  E Witty Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hesters Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gaston Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Romine Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Civitan Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Warmack Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gordon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Riddle Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW McCravy Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Turner Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hughey Cemetery [Map]      
  E Gray Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hightower Cemetery [Map]      
  W McCartney Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Oliver - Bedingfield Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Ray Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Oxford Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  SE Sunny Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  E Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Antioch Cemetery #1 [Map]      
  ENE St. Mark Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Legg Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Haraway Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Little Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Early Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Newman Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Proctor Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Round Island Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Montgomery Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Brown Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Shoal Bluff Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N White Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Hammond Cemetery [Map]      
  N Booth Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  


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

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

Lentzville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Cairo
 - Lentzville had a post office and no railroad service
Gipsy   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cairo
 - Gipsy had a post office and no railroad service
Cartwright   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Cairo
 - Cartwright had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Rozell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Cairo
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Mount Rozell had a post office and no railroad service
Poplar Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cairo
 - Poplar Creek had a post office and no railroad service
O'Neal   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Cairo
 - O'Neal had a post office and no railroad service
Good Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Cairo
 - Good Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Ripley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Cairo
 - Ripley 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 Cairo. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cairo 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Cairo is located in Limestone County.

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 Cairo. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Cairo:

Limestone     (The home county for Cairo)
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lester   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Caro   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wren   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Toney   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Madison   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hazel Green   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Normal   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moore's Mill   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marshall (TN)
      Delina (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cornersville (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Cairo:

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    
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    
Morgan 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    
Wayne 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Limestone County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Limestone County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Cairo. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cairo

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cairo. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8709, Longitude: -87.1443     [Map].

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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 Cairo, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cairo.


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