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Flatwoods, Alabama
(Colbert County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Flatwoods ...

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 Flatwoods (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 Flatwoods. 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 Flatwoods ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Flatwoods.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Flatwoods, 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 Flatwoods.

Cemeteries Near Flatwoods ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Flatwoods.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Gadd Cemetery [Map]      
  NE County Farm Cemetery [Map]      
  N Huff Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Tharp Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Isbell Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Holland Cemetery [Map]      
  N Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Jonesboro Cemetery [Map]      
  S Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ramsey Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hyde Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Osborn Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Donley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Burnt Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Franklin Memory Gardens [Map]      
  E Young Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  N Community Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Frankfort Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  S Devaney Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pride Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Kirkland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gravel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Basden Cemetery [Map]      
  N Guy Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sparks Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Willis Cemetery [Map]      
  S Knights of Pythias Cemetery [Map]      
  S Luketown Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Town Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sadler Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bickley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNE Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Keeton Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Rutland Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hester Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Number 6 Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bobo Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Tharptown Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pennington Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ricks Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bolton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Key Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wilson - Nooe Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  S Orman Cemetery [Map]      
  S Kirk Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sargent Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bob Saint Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Jenkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Drake Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Counts Cemetery [Map]      
  E Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE LaGrange Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rand Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  N Smith Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Gibbs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Greenhill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mountain Mills Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW McCaig Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Newsom Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Newsom Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W McCollough 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 Flatwoods in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Flatwoods.

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

Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Flatwoods
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Flatwoods
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Flatwoods
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,847 people in 2015)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Flatwoods
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Flatwoods
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Flatwoods
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Flatwoods
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Flatwoods
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco 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 Flatwoods. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Flatwoods 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Flatwoods is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Flatwoods)
      Littleville   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 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 Flatwoods:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Franklin 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence 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 Colbert County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Colbert 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 ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Flatwoods. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6168, Longitude: -87.7361     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Flatwoods 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 Flatwoods, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Flatwoods.


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