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Indian Lake, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Indian Lake ...

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 Indian Lake (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 Indian Lake. 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 Indian Lake ...

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 Indian Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Indian Lake: Indian Lk.

Newspapers Published in Indian Lake ...

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 Indian Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Indian Lake, there are papers which were published within 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Indian Lake.

Cemeteries Near Indian Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Indian Lake.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Sunset Memorial Garden [Map]      
  NE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Robertson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Rices Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE The Old Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shirley Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Alberta Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW West Highland Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Chambers Cemetery [Map]      
  E Holt Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Center Cemetery [Map]      
  W Flatwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  W Jennings Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Carrolls Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Memory Hill Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Darden Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Popular Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 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]      
  ESE Garners Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Dodd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Taylorville Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ruhama Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Scales Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Big Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Coker Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gilgal Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cowden Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cottondale Nature Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bankston Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bone Camp Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Geer Cemetery [Map]      
  S Little Sandy Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Prewitt Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  W Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  W Guy Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Winn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pole Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Old Prewitte Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Harkey Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Andrews Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  N Simpson - Cain Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pool Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cornelius Chapel #1 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 Indian Lake in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Indian Lake.

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

Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Indian Lake
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 98,332 people in 2015)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Indian Lake
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 24,772 people in 2015)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Indian Lake
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Indian Lake
 - 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 Indian Lake
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Indian Lake
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Samantha   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Indian Lake
 - Samantha had a post office and no railroad service
Foster's   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Indian Lake
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Foster's had a post office and no railroad service
Coaling   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Indian Lake
 - 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 Indian Lake
 - Brookwood had a post office and railroad service
Romulus   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Indian Lake
 - Romulus 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 Indian Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Indian Lake 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.

Indian Lake 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 Indian Lake. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Indian Lake:

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Indian Lake)
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Wood Village   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Northport   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Holt   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coker   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 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]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brent   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 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]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 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   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Townley   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Indian Lake:

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 Indian Lake. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Indian Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2468, Longitude: -87.5533     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Indian Lake 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 Indian Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Indian Lake.


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