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High Forest, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for High Forest ...

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 High Forest (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 High Forest. 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 High Forest ...

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 High Forest.

  • Typical abbreviation for High Forest: High Frst.

Newspapers Published in High Forest ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around High Forest.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of High Forest, there are papers which were published within 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for High Forest.

Cemeteries Near High Forest ...

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

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Robertson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sunset Memorial Garden [Map]      
  S Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE The Old Cemetery [Map]      
  N Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Stone Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Alberta Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shirley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rices Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW West Highland Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Holt Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Memory Hill Gardens [Map]      
  SE Darden Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  E Chambers Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Flatwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jennings Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Beautiful Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cedar Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jerusalem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shake Rag Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Tuscaloosa Memorial Park [Map]      
  NE Center Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Carrolls Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Taylorville Cemetery [Map]      
  E Garners Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gilgal Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cottondale Nature Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ruhama Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Popular Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Big Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dodd Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Little Sandy Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bankston Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Scales Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Coker Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Bone Camp Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Geer Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Winn Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Robertson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Dry Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Zion Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cowden Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Andrews Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pool Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cornelius Chapel #2 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 High Forest in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of High Forest.

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

Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from High Forest
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 98,332 people in 2015)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from High Forest
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from High Forest
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 24,772 people in 2015)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from High Forest
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from High Forest
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from High Forest
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Romulus   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from High Forest
 - Romulus had a post office and no railroad service
Foster's   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from High Forest
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Foster's had a post office and no railroad service
Hull   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from High Forest
 - 1895 population of 360 people
 - Hull had a post office and railroad service
Coaling   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from High Forest
 - 1895 population of 116 people (with 1,648 people in 2015)
 - Coaling had a post office and railroad service
Brookwood   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from High Forest
 - Brookwood had a post office and railroad service
Samantha   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from High Forest
 - Samantha 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 High Forest. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring High Forest 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.

High Forest is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for High Forest)
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Wood Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Holt   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Northport   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coker   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brent   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 - 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 High Forest:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa 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 High Forest. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Tuscaloosa County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in High Forest. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2290, Longitude: -87.5511     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for High Forest 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 High Forest, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for High Forest.


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