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The Highlands, Alabama
(Etowah County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for The Highlands ...

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 The Highlands (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 The Highlands. 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 The Highlands ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around The Highlands.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of The Highlands, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for The Highlands.

Cemeteries Near The Highlands ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of The Highlands.

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 The Highlands covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Howelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Conn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mizell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Armstrong 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.<3>

While we didn't find The Highlands in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of The Highlands.

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

Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from The Highlands
 - 1895 population of 2,901 people (with 36,084 people in 2015)
 - Gadsden had a post office and railroad service
Crudup   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from The Highlands
 - Crudup had a post office and no railroad service
Avery   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from The Highlands
 - Avery had a post office and no railroad service
East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from The Highlands
 - East Gadsden had a post office and no railroad service
Upton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from The Highlands
 - Upton had a post office and no railroad service
Brice   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from The Highlands
 - Brice had a post office and no railroad service
Norton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from The Highlands
 - Norton had a post office and railroad service
Haworth - Historic   [Map]
 - While Haworth was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from The Highlands
 - Haworth 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 The Highlands. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring The Highlands 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.

The Highlands is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for The Highlands)
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Reece City   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Gadsden   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 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 The Highlands:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in The Highlands. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0490, Longitude: -86.0186     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for The Highlands have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 The Highlands, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for The Highlands.


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