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A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Columbia, Alabama
(Houston County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Columbia ...

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 Columbia (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 Columbia. 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 Columbia ...

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 65 newspapers that have been published in the area around Columbia.

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

Cemeteries Near Columbia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Columbia.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Grier Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Hunters Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Cedar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Camp Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Haleburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Culpepper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Poplar Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Lawn Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Balkum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Pleasant Plains Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gordon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cedar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Granberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ashford City Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Stephen Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  


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.<3>

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

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

Barber   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Columbia
 - Barber had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Columbia
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Cedar Springs had no post office or railroad service
Ashford   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Columbia
 - Ashford had a post office and railroad service
Balkum   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Columbia
 - Balkum had a post office and no railroad service
Blakely (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Columbia
 - 1895 population of 441 people (with 4,871 people in 2015)
 - Blakely had a post office and railroad service
Headland   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Columbia
 - 1895 population of 417 people (with 4,736 people in 2015)
 - Headland had a post office and no railroad service
Hardwickburg   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Columbia
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Hardwickburg had a post office and no railroad service
Jakin (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Columbia
 - Jakin 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 Columbia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Columbia 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Columbia is located in Houston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Houston County: Dale, Geneva, Henry, Jackson (FL), Early (GA) & Seminole (GA).

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

Houston     (The home county for Columbia)
      Gordon   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Webb   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Avon   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Parish   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Newton   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Headland   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Newville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Parramore (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cypress (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grand Ridge (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Calhoun (GA)
      Arlington (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Edison (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Morgan (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leary (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Decatur (GA)
      Brinson (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Douglasville (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
Miller (GA)
      Colquitt (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Boykin (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cuthbert (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Iron City (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Columbia:

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 Houston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Decatur County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Miller County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Communities in Alabama

About Houston County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Houston 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 starting in Columbia. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Columbia) 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 Columbia. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Columbia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Columbia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2968, Longitude: -85.1103     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Columbia have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Columbia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Columbia.


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