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Harwood Heights, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Harwood Heights ...

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 Harwood Heights (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 Harwood Heights. 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 Harwood Heights ...

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 Harwood Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Harwood Heights: Harwood Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in Harwood Heights ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Harwood Heights.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Harwood Heights, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Harwood Heights.

Cemeteries Near Harwood Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Harwood Heights.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Memory Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Little Vine Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Selma Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Dothan City Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hurts Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Clark Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gates of Heaven Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Memphis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cowarts Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  S Lassiter Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bay Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Cowarts Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Crestlawn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gardens of Memory Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Bluff Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Webb Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pinckard Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Purvis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sylvan Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ashford City Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Poplar Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE East Side Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE West Side Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Hope 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 Harwood Heights in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Harwood Heights.

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

Tidwell   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Harwood Heights
 - Tidwell had a post office and no railroad service
Keyton's   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Harwood Heights
 - Keyton's had railroad service and no post office
Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Harwood Heights
 - Midland City had a post office and railroad service
Big Creek   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Harwood Heights
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Big Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Ashford   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Harwood Heights
 - Ashford had a post office and railroad service
Barber   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Harwood Heights
 - Barber had a post office and no railroad service
Headland   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Harwood Heights
 - 1895 population of 417 people (with 4,736 people in 2015)
 - Headland had a post office and no railroad service
Fadette   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Harwood Heights
 - Fadette 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 Harwood Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Harwood Heights 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Harwood Heights is located in Houston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Houston County: Dale, Geneva, Henry, Jackson (FL), Early (GA) & Seminole (GA).

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

Houston     (The home county for Harwood Heights)
      Dothan   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Parish   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Avon   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Webb   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elba   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Black   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Samson   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Headland   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Newville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Parramore (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alford (FL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Miller (GA)
      Colquitt (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Iron City (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Harwood Heights:

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 Houston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Miller County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Houston County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Houston 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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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Harwood Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2113, Longitude: -85.4158     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Harwood Heights 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 Harwood Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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