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Dowdle, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Dowdle ...

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 Dowdle (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 Dowdle. 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 Dowdle ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Dowdle.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Dowdle, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Dowdle.

Cemeteries Near Dowdle ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Dowdle.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Mt. Gillard Cemetery [Map]      
  S Shuttlesworth Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bibbville Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Banks Cemetery [Map]      
  E Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  N Union Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Clements Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Caffee Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Johnstown Cemetery [Map]      
  S Belchers Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Little Cemetery [Map]      
  W Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Kinard Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Daniel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hickory Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hephzibah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  W Enterprise Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Thomas Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Burns Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW George Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Italian Catholic Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shiney Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hickman Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Big Hurricane Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Asia Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Coaling Cemetery [Map]      
  S Moffat Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McCulley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Camp Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW West Brookwood Cemetery [Map]      
  N Davis Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Ward Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sandy Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Scottsville Cemetery [Map]      
  S Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  S Friday Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bucksville Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Christian Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Little Hurricane Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Hubbard Cemetery [Map]      
  S Haysop Cemetery [Map]      
  S Scottsville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Schultz Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  E McKensey Cemetery [Map]      
  E McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Higganbotham Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Andrews Chapel 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 Dowdle in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Dowdle.

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

Vance   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Dowdle
 - 1895 population of 96 people (with 1,513 people in 2015)
 - Vance had a post office and railroad service
Bibbville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Dowdle
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bibbville had a post office and railroad service
Giles   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Dowdle
 - Giles had railroad service and no post office
Dudley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Dowdle
 - Dudley had railroad service and no post office
Woodstock   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Dowdle
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 1,547 people in 2015)
 - Woodstock had a post office and railroad service
Green Pond   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Dowdle
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Green Pond had a post office and no railroad service
Chamblee   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Dowdle
 - Chamblee had railroad service and no post office
Blocton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Blocton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Dowdle
 - Blocton 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 Dowdle. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Dowdle 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.

Dowdle is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Dowdle)
      Vance   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Abernant   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marion   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Dowdle:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dowdle. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1810, Longitude: -87.2100     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Dowdle 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 Dowdle, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Dowdle.


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