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Comer, Alabama
(Lauderdale County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Comer ...

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 Comer (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 Comer. 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 Comer ...

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 3 newspapers that have been published in the area around Comer.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Comer, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Comer.

Cemeteries Near Comer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Comer.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Perry Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  E Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
  W Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pettus Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Pettus Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Allen Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Stutts Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Bluewater Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Grissom Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Rice Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Corum Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Harmon Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Shelton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Richardson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wright Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Holden Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Old Tanyard Cemetery [Map]      
  S Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Portertown Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Hale Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  S Barkley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Whitehead Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Harvey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Green Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hammond Cemetery [Map]      
  N Peppertown Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  W Stutts Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Peck Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Harden Cemetery [Map]      
  S Belew Cemetery [Map]      
  S Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ingram Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW McDougal Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNE St. Truitt Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Douglass Cemetery [Map]      
  S Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hall Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  SSE Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Dean - McNairy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Thornton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Thornton Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McCartney Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bonnertown Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Cottrell Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNE Second Creek Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Liberty Grove Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Holland Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N St. Marys Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW New Ground Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW McGee Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Fairview Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  SE Oliver - Bedingfield Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ray Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Stevens Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNE Home Sweet Home Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Canerday Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Civitan Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Romine Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Romine Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Five Points Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Bishop Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW St. Joseph Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Wolf Creek Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Cauhorn Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Emaline Stutts Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Tate - Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Loretto Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNW Loretto Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  SSW Faircloth Cemetery [Map]      
  S Foster Cemetery [Map]      
  S Westmoreland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Fuqual Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Restview 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Comer had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Comer
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 723 people in 2015)
 - Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
Belew - Historic   [Map]
 - While Belew was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Comer
 - Belew had a post office and no railroad service
Beach Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Comer
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Beach Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Green Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Comer
 - 1895 population of 832 people
 - Green Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Comer
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Saint Joseph had a post office and railroad service
Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Comer
 - Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Rogersville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Comer
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,231 people in 2015)
 - Rogersville had a post office and no railroad service
Loretto (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Comer
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Loretto had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Comer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Comer 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 doctors and 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.

Comer is located in 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 Comer. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Comer:

Lauderdale     (The home county for Comer)
      Lexington   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Hill   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Killen   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Caro   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Toney   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Comer:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lewis County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lincoln 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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Comer ...

While our initial data for Comer came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Comer in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Comer.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Comer:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Comer.
      See our Misc Page for Comer for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Comer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9293, Longitude: -87.4047     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Comer 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 Comer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Comer.


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