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Melvin, Alabama
(Lauderdale County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Melvin ...

So far, we have found very little information about Melvin. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Melvin to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Melvin, please Contact Us.

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 Melvin (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 Melvin. 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 Melvin ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Melvin.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Melvin, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Melvin.

Cemeteries Near Melvin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Melvin.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Dowdy Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Austin Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
  W Milford Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pearson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Simmons Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Francis - King - Lucas Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Paulk Cemetery [Map]      
  N Darby Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  W Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Noel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Balentine Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  SSE Winbourn Cemetery [Map]      
  N Barkley Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Sharp Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Chestnut Grove Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Walston Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Duncan Cemetery [Map]      
  E Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N McAllister Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Old Darby Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Old Hayes Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Cooper Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Burnstown Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Perkins Cemetery [Map]      
  S Simpson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Flint Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE George Cemetery [Map]      
  E Parsonage Cemetery [Map]      
  N Holt Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Pigg Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Lane Cemetery [Map]      
  S Rowell Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  E Chisholm Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Nolen Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Friendship Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNE Wright Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Brewer Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW McFalls Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Mt. Hope Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Stout Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Centenary Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Athens City Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Powell Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  SSE Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  E Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Lawson Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Gray Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Old Baptist Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  


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.

While we didn't find Melvin in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Melvin.

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

Gravelly Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Melvin
 - Gravelly Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Rhodesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Melvin
 - Rhodesville had a post office and no railroad service
Cloverdale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Melvin
 - Cloverdale had a post office and no railroad service
Kendell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kendell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Melvin
 - Kendell had a post office and no railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Melvin
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland had a post office and no railroad service
Cypress Inn (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Melvin
 - 1895 population of 91 people
 - Cypress Inn had a post office and no railroad service
Wright   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Melvin
 - Wright had a post office and no railroad service
Smithsonia   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Melvin
 - Smithsonia 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 Melvin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Melvin 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Melvin is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Melvin. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Melvin:

Lauderdale     (The home county for Melvin)
      Cloverdale   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Florence   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vina   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Corinth (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crump (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saltillo (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stantonville (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Adamsville (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Guys (TN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Perry (TN)
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 Melvin:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
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    
Lewis County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
McNairy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry 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
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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Melvin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Melvin. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Melvin) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Melvin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9265, Longitude: -87.8425     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Melvin have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Melvin.


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