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Decatur, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Decatur ...

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 Decatur (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 Decatur. 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 Decatur ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Decatur.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Decatur. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Decatur and those printed in the larger area surrounding Decatur.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> of Decatur.

Cemeteries Near Decatur ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Decatur.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Adkins Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  W Roselawn Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Dancy Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Stroup Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Blackwell Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Decatur Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Burleson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Chestnut Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Rather Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wise Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oakview Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNE Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mosley Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Grizzard Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macklin Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Stockton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Lucas Cemetery [Map]      
  S Minor Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bishop Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Thach Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Center Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gamble Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Neville Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Grayson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Morris Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Napps Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bridgeforth Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sand Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bibb Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pryor Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Burt Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Minor Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lile Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wimbley Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lile Cemetery [Map]      
  W Fennell Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Raper Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Burning Tree Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SE Rountree Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ratliff Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hatchett Cemetery [Map]      
  E Thatch Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Peebles Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Zeitler Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Woodsides Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Murphy Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Elliott Cemetery [Map]      
  W Trotter Cemetery [Map]      
  W Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Walnut Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shoal Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hunley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Quarter Lot Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Peck Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jobe Cemetery [Map]      
  N Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  W Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  N Nebo Church Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ashford Cemetery [Map]      
  E Blackwell - Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hundley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Tanner Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Binford Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Stroup Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hartselle Memory Gardens [Map]      
  SE Slayton Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Center Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Center Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wright Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Meyer Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Proctor Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ragland Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Polly Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Benford Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Elliott Cemetery [Map]      
  W Clardy 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 Decatur had a population of 2,765 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Decatur had a population of 55,437 people.

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

Simpson   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Decatur
 - Simpson had a post office and no railroad service
Decatur Junction   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Decatur
 - Decatur Junction had railroad service and no post office
Harris Station   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Decatur
 - Harris Station had railroad service and no post office
Mooresville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Decatur
 - 1895 population of 143 people (with 58 people in 2015)
 - Mooresville had a post office and no railroad service
Priceville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Decatur
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 3,179 people in 2015)
 - Priceville had a post office and no railroad service
Neel   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Decatur
 - Neel had a post office and no railroad service
Greenbrier   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Decatur
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Greenbrier had a post office and railroad service
Hartselle   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Decatur
 - 1895 population of 596 people (with 14,493 people in 2015)
 - Hartselle 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 Decatur. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Decatur 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.

Decatur is primarily located in Morgan County and is the County Seat. A portion of Decatur extends into Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Morgan County: Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall & Winston.

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

Morgan     (The home county for Decatur)
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Russell Village   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      East Point   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Caro   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Triana   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Normal   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arab   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arley   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 it should be mentioned 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 Decatur:

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 Morgan County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Decatur:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Decatur in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Decatur for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Decatur.
      See our Misc Page for Decatur for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Morgan County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Decatur:

The official website for Morgan County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Decatur. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Decatur) 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 Decatur. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Decatur

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Decatur. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5932, Longitude: -86.9804     [Map].

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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 Decatur, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Decatur.


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