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Fosters Mill, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Fosters Mill ...

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 Fosters Mill (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 Fosters Mill. 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 Fosters Mill ...

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 Fosters Mill.

  • Typical abbreviation for Fosters Mill: Fosters Ml. (or less commonly used: Fosters Mll.)
  • While the name of this community is Fosters Mill, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Fosters Mill may originally have been Foster's Mill.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Fosters Mill might be written as Foster Mill.

Newspapers Published in Fosters Mill ...

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 15 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fosters Mill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Fosters Mill, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Fosters Mill.

Cemeteries Near Fosters Mill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fosters Mill.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Foster Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sheffield Cemetery [Map]      
  S Davenport Cemetery [Map]      
  S Childers Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mathews Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Perkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Westmoreland Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cal Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Fuqua Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Warren Cemetery [Map]      
  E Troupe Cemetery [Map]      
  E Gibson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Berry Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Faircloth Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Dillahunty Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cal Cemetery [Map]      
  S Brickhouse Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dobbins Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Houston Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Stanley Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Shaw Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Madding Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lee Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Truitt Cemetery [Map]      
  E Yates Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Carter Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  E Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Douglass Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Dean - McNairy Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ingram Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Belew Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Williams Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Old Tanyard Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Scruggs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Abernathy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Rocky Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ashford Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Tweedy Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lyle Cemetery [Map]      
  E Nance Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Haraway Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Harden Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Fuqual Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Thornton Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Thornton Cemetery [Map]      
  N Barkley Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Leigh Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW King Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW King Cemetery [Map]      
  S String Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ashford Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pippen Cemetery [Map]      
  E Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  E Little Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oliver - Bedingfield Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Whitehead Cemetery [Map]      
  N Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  W McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  W Peden Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Preuit Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Lansdell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Andrew Garth Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hampton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hale Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Civitan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Ray Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Harvey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rice Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Peck Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bluewater Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Blythe Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bain Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Conner Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Holden Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bynum Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Warmack Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McCartney Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Rand Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Roden Cemetery [Map]      
  S Blackground Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Terry Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mayes Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Garth Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gilchrist Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
  E Rutherford Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hooie Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Romine Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Old Romine Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Corum Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pearsall 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 Fosters Mill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Fosters Mill.

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

Beach Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Fosters Mill
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Beach Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Town Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Fosters Mill
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,065 people in 2015)
 - Town Creek had a post office and railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Fosters Mill
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Courtland   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Fosters Mill
 - 1895 population of 579 people (with 597 people in 2015)
 - Courtland had a post office and railroad service
Rogersville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Fosters Mill
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,231 people in 2015)
 - Rogersville had a post office and no railroad service
Bingham   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Fosters Mill
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Fosters Mill
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
Comer   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Fosters Mill
 - Comer 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 Fosters Mill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fosters Mill 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.

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

Colbert     (The home county for Fosters Mill)
      Ford City   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Toney   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Triana   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Fosters Mill:

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    
Madison 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    
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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fosters Mill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7673, Longitude: -87.4181     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fosters Mill 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 Fosters Mill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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