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Ford City, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ford City ...

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 Ford City (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 Ford City. 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 Ford City ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ford City.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ford City, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ford City.

Cemeteries Near Ford City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ford City.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  W McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Carter Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
  W Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Stanley Cemetery [Map]      
  E Faircloth Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pearsall Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shaw Cemetery [Map]      
  E Foster Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Douglass Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Harden Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Peck Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Jones Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  S Leigh Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Madding Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dillahunty Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sheffield Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Tate - Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hale Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Price Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  N Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N McGee Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Rand Cemetery [Map]      
  S Preuit Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cal Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Brickhouse Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cal Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Davenport Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Childers Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mathews Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Perkins Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  E Westmoreland Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Old Tanyard Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Price Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  W Florence Cemetery [Map]      
  W Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE King Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE King Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Fuqua Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Warren Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Troupe Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Belew Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Barkley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bluewater Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Holden Cemetery [Map]      
  NW St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Kachelman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gresham Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SW Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bickley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Ricks Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Jenkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW LaGrange Cemetery [Map]      
  S Blythe Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Dobbins Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  E Berry Cemetery [Map]      
  E Gibson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ingram Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE String Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Abernathy Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Scruggs Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lee Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Truitt Cemetery [Map]      
  E Yates Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Dean - McNairy Cemetery [Map]      
  N Stutts Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  N Canerday 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 Ford City in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ford City.

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

Beach Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ford City
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Beach Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Ford City
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ford City
 - Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ford City
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 464 people in 2015)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Ford City
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ford City
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ford City
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ford City
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield 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 Ford City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ford City 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 and doctors 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.

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

Colbert     (The home county for Ford City)
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Florence   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Green Hill   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Ford City:

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    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       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 ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ford City. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7859, Longitude: -87.5286     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ford City 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 Ford City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ford City.


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