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Houstontown, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Houstontown ...

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 Houstontown (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 Houstontown. 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 Houstontown ...

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 Houstontown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Houstontown, 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 Houstontown.

Cemeteries Near Houstontown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Houstontown.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Douglass Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Old Tanyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Belew Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harden Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Faircloth Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Westmoreland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ingram Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dean - McNairy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bluewater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Troupe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Whitehead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW McKiernan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sheffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fuqua Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fuqual Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Madding Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dillahunty Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brickhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oliver - Bedingfield Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Corum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nance Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Haraway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Civitan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tate - Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Leigh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Warmack Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Romine Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Romine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Richardson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Scruggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Abernathy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rocky Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tweedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hooie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hammond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Grissom Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Canerday Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Huff 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 Houstontown in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Houstontown.

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

Beach Grove   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Houstontown
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Beach Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Comer   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Houstontown
 - Comer had a post office and no railroad service
Rogersville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Houstontown
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,231 people in 2015)
 - Rogersville had a post office and no railroad service
Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Houstontown
 - Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Houstontown
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Town Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Houstontown
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,065 people in 2015)
 - Town Creek had a post office and railroad service
Green Hill   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Houstontown
 - 1895 population of 832 people
 - Green Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Houstontown
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 723 people in 2015)
 - Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
Belew - Historic   [Map]
 - While Belew was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Houstontown
 - Belew 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 Houstontown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Houstontown 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 and doctors 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.

Houstontown is located in Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Houstontown)
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Elgin   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Green Hill   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Toney   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 - 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 Houstontown:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lincoln 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 Lauderdale County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Houstontown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8273, Longitude: -87.4350     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Houstontown 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 Houstontown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Houstontown.


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