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Forest Hills, Alabama
(Lauderdale County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Forest Hills ...

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 Forest Hills (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 Forest Hills. 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 Forest Hills ...

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 Forest Hills.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Forest Hills, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Forest Hills.

Cemeteries Near Forest Hills ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Forest Hills.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  N Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Gresham Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kachelman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW George Cemetery [Map]      
  W Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Florence Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ESE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  N Chisholm Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Simmons Cemetery [Map]      
  W Duncan Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Flint Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery [Map]      
  E Jones Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Price Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Walston Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  E Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tate - Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Parsonage Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pearson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Winbourn Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Smith Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pearsall Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McGee Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Simpson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Key Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  E Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Paulk Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  W Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Noel Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Canerday Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Emaline Stutts Cemetery [Map]      
  N Nolen Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Dowdy Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  S Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  E Peck Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hill 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 Forest Hills in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Forest Hills.

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

Florence   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Forest Hills
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Forest Hills
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Forest Hills
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Forest Hills
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 464 people in 2015)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Forest Hills
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Forest Hills
 - 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 East Northeast (ENE) from Forest Hills
 - Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Webster - Historic   [Map]
 - While Webster was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Forest Hills
 - Webster had a post office and no railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Forest Hills
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland had a post office and no railroad service
Cloverdale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Forest Hills
 - Cloverdale 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 Forest Hills. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Forest Hills 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.

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Forest Hills)
      Florence   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Saint Florian   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Killen   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Forest Hills:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin 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    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hardin 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 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Forest Hills. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Forest Hills) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Forest Hills. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8529, Longitude: -87.6828     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Forest Hills 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 Forest Hills, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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