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Damascus, Alabama
(Coffee County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Damascus ...

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 Damascus (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 Damascus. 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 Damascus ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Damascus.

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

Cemeteries Near Damascus ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Damascus.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Mt. Gilled Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Goodman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Ino Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Haney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Little Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Brockton City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Alberton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Enterprise City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Rocky Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Weeks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brooklyn Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW New Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rhoades Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Consolation Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Keyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hutchson & Russell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N White Water 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>

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

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

Alberton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Damascus
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Alberton had a post office and no railroad service
Elba   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Damascus
 - 1895 population of 285 people (with 3,903 people in 2015)
 - Elba had a post office and no railroad service
Edwardsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Damascus
 - Edwardsville had a post office and no railroad service
Clintonville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Damascus
 - 1895 population of 172 people
 - Clintonville had a post office and no railroad service
Enterprise   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Damascus
 - Enterprise had a post office and no railroad service
Curtis   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Damascus
 - Curtis had a post office and no railroad service
Coffee Springs   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Damascus
 - 1895 population of 32 people (with 229 people in 2015)
 - Coffee Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Tabernacle   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Damascus
 - Tabernacle had a post office and no railroad service
Level Plains   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Damascus
 - Level Plains 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 Damascus. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Damascus 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.

Damascus is located in Coffee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coffee County: Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva & Pike.

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

Coffee     (The home county for Damascus)
      New Brockton   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Elba   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jack   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Opp   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Heath   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Florala   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Newton   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Samson   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Black   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Headland   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Parish   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Troy   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Banks   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Washington (FL)
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 Damascus:

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 Coffee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw 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    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike 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    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

While our initial data for Damascus came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Damascus 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 Damascus.

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 Damascus:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Damascus.
      See our Misc Page for Damascus for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Coffee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Damascus. 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 'straight-line' distance from Damascus. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Damascus) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Damascus. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3204, Longitude: -86.0044     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Damascus 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 Damascus, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Damascus.


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