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Columbus City, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Columbus City ...

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 Columbus City (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 Columbus City. 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 the area of Columbus City ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Columbus City.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Columbus City. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Columbus City and those printed in the larger area surrounding Columbus City.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> of Columbus City.

Cemeteries Near Columbus City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Columbus City.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Chandler Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Kennamer Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW McDonald Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Henry Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Henryville Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Haney Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Troup Cemetery [Map]      
  W Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  W Troup Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Roden Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Free Home Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Willis Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Kirkland Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cochrane Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Abel Cemetery [Map]      
  S King Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Ashburn Cemetery [Map]      
  E Woosley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rainey Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McFarland Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McFarlane Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Dunn Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Preston Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Click Cemetery [Map]      
  W Panquin Cemetery [Map]      
  W Honeycomb Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Kirby Cemetery [Map]      
  E Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Thomason Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Kirby Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cooley Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Street Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Rehobeth Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Martling Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Rooks Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McCamy Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Humpton Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Honey Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Street Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Guntersville City Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  S Alder Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Asbury Cemetery [Map]      
  E Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Vaught Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Whittaker Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  W Patterson Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Lowry Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Crestview Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Langston Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Roman Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gross Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hines Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Warrenton Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bennett Cemetery [Map]      
  S New Brashiers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Eason Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Kennamer Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hayden Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  W Boggess 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 Columbus City in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Columbus City.

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

Henryville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Columbus City
 - Henryville had a post office and no railroad service
Meltonsville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Columbus City
 - Meltonsville had a post office and no railroad service
Grant   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Columbus City
 - Grant had a post office and no railroad service
North - Historic   [Map]
 - While North was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Columbus City
 - North had a post office and no railroad service
Mid - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mid was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Columbus City
 - Mid had a post office and no railroad service
Bucksnort   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Columbus City
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Bucksnort had a post office and no railroad service
Preston   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Columbus City
 - Preston had a post office and no railroad service
Keel - Historic   [Map]
 - While Keel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Columbus City
 - Keel had a post office and no railroad service
Cottonville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Columbus City
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Cottonville had a post office and no railroad service
Guntersville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Columbus City
 - 1895 population of 471 people (with 8,385 people in 2015)
 - Guntersville 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 Columbus City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Columbus City 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 hospitals 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.

Columbus City is located in Marshall County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marshall County: Blount, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison & Morgan.

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

Marshall     (The home county for Columbus City)
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Grant   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Snead   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Powell   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Section   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eva   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 - 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 Columbus City:

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 Marshall County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone 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    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marshall County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marshall 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 Columbus City. 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 starts in Columbus City. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Columbus City) 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 Columbus City. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Columbus City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Columbus City. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4606, Longitude: -86.2333     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Columbus City 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 Columbus City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Columbus City.


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