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Highmound, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Highmound ...

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 Highmound (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 Highmound. 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 Highmound ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Highmound.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Highmound, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Highmound.

Cemeteries Near Highmound ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Highmound.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Zion Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Holland Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Gunter Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Concord Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E New Clear Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Douglas Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Lamb Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Nixons Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dickson Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Bird Cemetery [Map]      
  E Clear Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  E Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Nesmith Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Brooksville Cemetery [Map]      
  W Alldredge Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Gibbs Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sivley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Blue Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Painter Cemetery [Map]      
  S Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ellison Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Altoona - Walnut Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cornelius Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ebell Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Summit Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Hood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bynum Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Robbins Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Berry - Brookshire Cemetery [Map]      
  E Walls Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE High Point Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Graves Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Altoona Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Morton Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Clear Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Roswell Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Boyles Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Moodys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Moody Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sauls Cemetery [Map]      
  E Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Red Apple Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Old Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  NE White Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  N Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bodine Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Warrior Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sheppard 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Highmound had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Snead   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Highmound
 - Snead had a post office and no railroad service
McLarty   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Highmound
 - McLarty had a post office and no railroad service
Reedbrake - Historic   [Map]
 - While Reedbrake was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Highmound
 - Reedbrake had a post office and no railroad service
Bright Star   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Highmound
 - Bright Star had a post office and no railroad service
Clarence   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Highmound
 - Clarence had a post office and no railroad service
Wynnville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Highmound
 - Wynnville had a post office and no railroad service
Brooksville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Highmound
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Brooksville had a post office and no railroad service
Tappan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Tappan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Highmound
 - Tappan 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 Highmound. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Highmound 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 north 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.

Highmound is located in Blount County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Blount County: Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, Saint Clair, Walker & Winston.

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

Blount     (The home county for Highmound)
      Snead   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Summit   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      East Point   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Section   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arab   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Springville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Argo   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer websites 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 Highmound:

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 Blount County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Highmound ...

While our initial data for Highmound came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Highmound in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Highmound.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Highmound:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Highmound.
      See our Misc Page for Highmound for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Blount County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Highmound. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1440, Longitude: -86.3789     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Highmound 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 Highmound, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Highmound.


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