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Lydia, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Lydia ...

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 Lydia (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 Lydia. 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 Lydia ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lydia.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Lydia, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Lydia.

Cemeteries Near Lydia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lydia.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Mt. Herman Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mountain View Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Town Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Warren Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Downer Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Warren Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Killian Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hammack Cemetery [Map]      
  E Glenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Green Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Husky Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lankford Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Greens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Norris Cemetery [Map]      
  S Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wesson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Franklin Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  N New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Copeland Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  S Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Green Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW McKendree Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Anthony Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sulphur Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mahan Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Pleasant 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, Lydia had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Luna - Historic   [Map]
 - While Luna was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Lydia
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Luna had a post office and no railroad service
Chavies   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Lydia
 - Chavies had a post office and no railroad service
Luttrell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Lydia
 - Luttrell had a post office and no railroad service
Floy - Historic   [Map]
 - While Floy was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Lydia
 - Floy had a post office and no railroad service
Lebanon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Lydia
 - 1895 population of 135 people
 - Lebanon had a post office and no railroad service
Collbran   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lydia
 - Collbran had railroad service and no post office
Musgrove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Musgrove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Lydia
 - Musgrove had a post office and no railroad service
Wills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Lydia
 - Wills 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 Lydia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lydia 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 doctors and 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.

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Lydia)
      Bootsville   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Powell   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Lydia:

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    
Cleburne 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    
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    
Marion County (TN):       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     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Lydia ...

While our initial data for Lydia came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Lydia 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 Lydia.

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 Lydia:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Lydia.
      See our Misc Page for Lydia for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeKalb County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lydia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4331, Longitude: -85.8508     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lydia 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 Lydia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Lydia.


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