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Melrose, Alabama
(Colbert County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Melrose ...

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 Melrose (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 Melrose. 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 Melrose ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Melrose.

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

Cemeteries Near Melrose ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Melrose.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Colbert County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Key Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Basden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blythe Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  S Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Flint Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Leigh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenhill 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 Melrose in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Melrose.

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

Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Melrose
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Melrose
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Melrose
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Melrose
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Melrose
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Melrose
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Melrose
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Melrose
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence 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 Melrose. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Melrose 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 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.

Melrose is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Melrose)
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Melrose:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lawrence 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 Colbert County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Colbert 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 Melrose. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Colbert 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 Melrose. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Melrose) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Melrose. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6806, Longitude: -87.6973     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Melrose 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 Melrose, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Melrose.


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