Our Genealogical Helper for Florence ...
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 Florence (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 Florence. 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 Florence ...
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 65 newspapers that have been published in the area around Florence.
We have organized these newspapers into two lists:
- A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Florence. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Florence and those printed in the larger area surrounding Florence.
- An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> of Florence.
Cemeteries Near Florence ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Florence.
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 Florence covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.
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>
The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Florence had a population of 6,012 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Florence had a population of 40,026 people.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Florence, with the one closest to Florence listed first.
| Mars Hill [Map] |
| - || Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Florence |
| - || Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office |
| South Florence [Map] |
| - || Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Florence |
| - || 1895 population of 63 people |
| - || South Florence had a post office and railroad service |
| Saint Florian [Map] |
| - || Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Florence |
| - || 1895 population of 100 people (with 464 people in 2015) |
| - || Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service |
| Jacksonburg [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Florence |
| - || Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service |
| Sheffield [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Florence |
| - || 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015) |
| - || Sheffield had a post office and railroad service |
| Bailey Springs [Map] |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Florence |
| - || Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service |
| Tuscumbia [Map] |
| - || Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Florence |
| - || 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015) |
| - || Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service |
| Oakland [Map] |
| - || Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Florence |
| - || 1895 population of 57 people |
| - || Oakland had a post office and no railroad service |
| Webster - Historic [Map] |
| - || While Webster was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists |
| - || Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Florence |
| - || Webster 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 Florence. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Florence 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 doctors and 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.
Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...
When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Florence:
These websites are specific to Alabama:
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:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:
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.
Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Florence ...
While our initial data for Florence came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Florence 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 Florence.
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 Florence:|
| ||Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office |
|We have found Florence in these Censuses: 2010-1990|
| See our Census Page for Florence for more information.|
|Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Florence.|
| See our Misc Page for Florence for more information.|
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Florence. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Florence) to Point B.|
If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Florence. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Florence
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Florence. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8302, Longitude: -87.6653 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Florence 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: findagrave.com.|
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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 Florence, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Florence.