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Our Genealogical Helper for Lawson Ford ...

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 Lawson Ford (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 Lawson Ford. 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 Lawson Ford ...

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 Lawson Ford.

  • Typical abbreviation for Lawson Ford: Lawson Frd.

Newspapers Published in Lawson Ford ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lawson Ford.

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

Cemeteries Near Lawson Ford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lawson Ford.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Norris Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Downer Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Warren Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  N Warren Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Greens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW McKendree Cemetery [Map]      
  S Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Wesson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Turnover Cemetery [Map]      
  SW De Kalb Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  S Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Copeland Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Killian Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Herman Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mountain View Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Dalrymple Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Lowrey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Anthony Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Town Creek Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Gilbreath Cemetery [Map]      
  S Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Mathis Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Collinsville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Kerley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Plunket Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  E Husky Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hammack Cemetery [Map]      
  E Glenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Bethel 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 Lawson Ford in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Lawson Ford.

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

Floy - Historic   [Map]
 - While Floy was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Lawson Ford
 - Floy had a post office and no railroad service
 
Luttrell   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Lawson Ford
 - Luttrell had a post office and no railroad service
 
Wills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Lawson Ford
 - Wills had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lydia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Lawson Ford
 - Lydia had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ten Broeck   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Lawson Ford
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Ten Broeck had a post office and no railroad service
 
Luna - Historic   [Map]
 - While Luna was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Lawson Ford
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Luna had a post office and no railroad service
 
Geraldine   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Lawson Ford
 - Geraldine had a post office and no railroad service
 
Skirum   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Lawson Ford
 - Skirum had a post office and no railroad service
 
Dawson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Lawson Ford
 - Dawson had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lebanon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Lawson Ford
 - 1895 population of 135 people
 - Lebanon had a post office and no railroad service
 
Thirtynine - Historic   [Map]
 - While Thirtynine was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Lawson Ford
 - Thirtynine had a post office and no railroad service
 
Portersville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lawson Ford
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Portersville had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Lawson Ford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lawson Ford 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 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.

Lawson Ford is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

  DirectionDistance
DeKalb     (The home county for Lawson Ford)
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Fyffe   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Powell   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
 
Blount
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Calhoun
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Cherokee
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Cullman
      Joppa   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Etowah
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Jackson
      Rock City   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Madison
      New Hope   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marshall
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Horton   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Morgan
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Lawson Ford:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson 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    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of DeKalb County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of DeKalb 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 Lawson Ford. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lawson Ford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4045, Longitude: -85.9144     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lawson Ford 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 Lawson Ford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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