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Canaan, Alabama
(Lauderdale County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Canaan ...

So far, we have found very little information about Canaan. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Canaan to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Canaan, please Contact Us.

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 Canaan (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 Canaan. 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 Canaan ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Canaan.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Canaan, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Canaan.

Cemeteries Near Canaan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Canaan.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Florence Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Smith Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  N Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  W Peters Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW George Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pearsall Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNE Kachelman Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gresham Cemetery [Map]      
  N Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Flint Cemetery [Map]      
  W Peters Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Key Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  N Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Duncan Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  E Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Jones Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Walston Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pride Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Simmons Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  N Chisholm Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Winbourn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Simpson Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Donley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  E McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Tate - Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pearson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  S Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bickley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Noel Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Holland Cemetery [Map]      
  S County Farm Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gadd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Isbell Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ricks Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Rand Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McGee Cemetery [Map]      
  N Parsonage Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rowell 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.

While we didn't find Canaan in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Canaan.

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

South Florence   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Canaan
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 464 people in 2015)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Canaan
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland 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 Canaan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Canaan 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 south 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Canaan is historic, it would have been located within present day Lauderdale County.

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Canaan)
      Florence   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Canaan:

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    
Winston County:       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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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Canaan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Canaan. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Canaan) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canaan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7937, Longitude: -87.6889     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canaan have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Canaan.


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