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Dawson, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Dawson ...

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 Dawson (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 Dawson. 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 Dawson ...

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 18 newspapers that have been published in the area around Dawson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Dawson, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Dawson.

Cemeteries Near Dawson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Dawson.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Turnover Cemetery   [Map]     
  W De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Warren Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Downer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McKendree Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dalrymple Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Blessing Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Clark 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.<3>

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

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

Cotnam   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Dawson
 - Cotnam had a post office and no railroad service
Wills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Dawson
 - Wills had a post office and no railroad service
Skirum   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Dawson
 - Skirum had a post office and no railroad service
Crossville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Dawson
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 1,848 people in 2015)
 - Crossville had a post office and no railroad service
Collinsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Dawson
 - 1895 population of 367 people (with 1,973 people in 2015)
 - Collinsville had a post office and railroad service
Floy - Historic   [Map]
 - While Floy was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Dawson
 - Floy had a post office and no railroad service
Geraldine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Dawson
 - Geraldine had a post office and no railroad service
Marcus - Historic   [Map]
 - While Marcus was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Dawson
 - Marcus 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 Dawson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Dawson 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 and hospitals 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.

Dawson is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Dawson)
      Cotnam   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Dawson:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeKalb 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 from Dawson. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Dawson) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Dawson. 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 Dawson

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dawson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3040, Longitude: -85.9261     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Dawson 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 Dawson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Dawson.


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