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Churntown, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Churntown ...

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 Churntown (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 Churntown. 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 Churntown ...

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 Churntown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Churntown, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Churntown.

Cemeteries Near Churntown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Churntown.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Blue Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  S Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sibley Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Dooley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Watson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rea Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Spruce Pine Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Gray Rock Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Scharnagle Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Phil Campbell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mars Hill Community Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mountain View Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  SE St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  E Duboise Cemetery [Map]      
  E Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Allen Cemetery [Map]      
  N Drake Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Sargent Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Chestnut Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Kirk Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kimbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Dime Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Denton Hollow Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Orman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Keelen Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Steadham Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Allen - McRight Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW McWright Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Wade Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Shady Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW J.R. Swinney Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bear Creek #1 Cemetery [Map]      
  S Arnold Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Posey Mill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Orange Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Orange Cemetery [Map]      
  E Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sylvester Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Counts Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Wilson - Nooe Cemetery [Map]      
  N Number 6 Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pounders Cemetery [Map]      
  W Wingo Cemetery [Map]      
  W Quinn Memorial Church of Christ Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Brock Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Factory Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bear Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Devaney Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sadler Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Poplar Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Old Town Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Templeton Cemetery [Map]      
  N Gravel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Luketown Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Knights of Pythias Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sibley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Tharptown Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bobo Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kirkland Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hamilton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pounders - Quinn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Moorman Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Grissom Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Edgar Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Fortner Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW John Bull Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sunny Home Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pennington Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Walden Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lawler Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Lawler Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Cleveland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mountain Home Cemetery [Map]      
  S Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S County Line Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Corinth Heights Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Maxwell Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Franklin Memory Gardens [Map]      
  NNW Burnt Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Willis Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hester Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Welch Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ramsey 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 Churntown in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Churntown.

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

Spruce Pine   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Churntown
 - Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Churntown
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Isbell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Churntown
 - Isbell had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Churntown
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,847 people in 2015)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Churntown
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Churntown
 - Rockwood had a post office and no railroad service
Bear Creek   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Churntown
 - Bear Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Pebble   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Churntown
 - Pebble 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 Churntown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Churntown 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 hospitals 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.

Churntown is located in Franklin County.

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

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

Franklin     (The home county for Churntown)
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vina   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Guin   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Churntown:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Churntown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4029, Longitude: -87.6653     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Churntown 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 Churntown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Churntown.


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