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Elgin, Alabama
(Lauderdale County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Elgin ...

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 Elgin (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 Elgin. 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 Elgin ...

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 Elgin.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Elgin, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Elgin.

Cemeteries Near Elgin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Elgin.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Belew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ingram Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dean - McNairy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Whitehead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bluewater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Tanyard Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Douglass Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Westmoreland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oliver - Bedingfield Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Corum Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harden Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Faircloth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fuqual Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holden Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Troupe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nance Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Haraway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Civitan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Romine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sheffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fuqua Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Warmack Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Romine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hammond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shelton Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Grissom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brickhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hooie Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW McKiernan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dillahunty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tweedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richardson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bedingfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Portertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Peppertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Madding Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pippen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Andrew Garth Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lucy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dement Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Higgens Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tate - Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Huff 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>

While we didn't find Elgin in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Elgin.

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

Beach Grove   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Elgin
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Beach Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Rogersville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Elgin
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,231 people in 2015)
 - Rogersville had a post office and no railroad service
Comer   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Elgin
 - Comer had a post office and no railroad service
Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Elgin
 - 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 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Elgin
 - Belew had a post office and no railroad service
Green Hill   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Elgin
 - 1895 population of 832 people
 - Green Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Elgin
 - Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Elgin
 - Leighton 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 Elgin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Elgin 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 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.

Elgin 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 Elgin. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Elgin:

Lauderdale     (The home county for Elgin)
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Killen   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Slabtown - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Toney   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Elgin:

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    
Winston 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      
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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Elgin. 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 Elgin. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Elgin) 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 Elgin. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Elgin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elgin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8487, Longitude: -87.3911     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Elgin 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 Elgin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Elgin.


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