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Fitts Heights, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Fitts Heights ...

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 Fitts Heights (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 Fitts Heights. 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.

Name Variations for Fitts Heights ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Fitts Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Fitts Heights: Fitts Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)
  • While the name of this community is Fitts Heights, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Fitts Heights may originally have been Fitt's Heights.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Fitts Heights might be written as Fitt Heights.

Newspapers Published in Fitts Heights ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fitts Heights.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Fitts Heights, there are papers which were published within 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Fitts Heights.

Cemeteries Near Fitts Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fitts Heights.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Memory Hill Gardens [Map]      
  ESE Darden Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Alberta Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Cedar Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jerusalem Cemetery [Map]      
  N The Old Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shake Rag Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Taylorville Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
  W West Highland Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  N Robertson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sunset Memorial Garden [Map]      
  SSE Gilgal Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tuscaloosa Memorial Park [Map]      
  NE Chambers Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Holt Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Rices Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Little Sandy Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cottondale Nature Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  W Beautiful Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Garners Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shirley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ruhama Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Center Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Flatwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Jennings Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Big Sandy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Big Sandy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  E Andrews Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bankston Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Dodd Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Dry Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Zion Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Carrolls Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Center Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Duncanville Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Scales Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Big Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Coker Cemetery [Map]      
  W Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Robertson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hulls Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Ward Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Popular Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  W Geer Cemetery [Map]      
  W Winn Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macedonia 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 Fitts Heights in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Fitts Heights.

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

University   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Fitts Heights
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Fitts Heights
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 98,332 people in 2015)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Fitts Heights
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Fitts Heights
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Fitts Heights
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 24,772 people in 2015)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Hull   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Fitts Heights
 - 1895 population of 360 people
 - Hull had a post office and railroad service
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Fitts Heights
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Foster's   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Fitts Heights
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Foster's 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 Fitts Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fitts Heights 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Fitts Heights)
      Sahama Village   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Alberta City   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Holt   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Northport   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coker   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brent   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marion   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Fitts Heights:

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    
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    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens 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 ...

Communities in Alabama

About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fitts Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1843, Longitude: -87.5328     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fitts Heights 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 Fitts Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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