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Muscle Shoals, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Muscle Shoals ...

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 Muscle Shoals (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 Muscle Shoals. 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 Muscle Shoals ...

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 Muscle Shoals.

  • Typical abbreviation for Muscle Shoals: Muscle Shls.

Newspapers Published in the area of Muscle Shoals ...

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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Muscle Shoals.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Muscle Shoals. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Muscle Shoals and those printed in the larger area surrounding Muscle Shoals.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> of Muscle Shoals.

Cemeteries Near Muscle Shoals ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Muscle Shoals.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pearsall Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSW Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bickley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Florence Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WSW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ricks Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Rand Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  N Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  N Price Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Smith Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  W Burton Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Donley Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Gresham Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Isbell Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jenkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SE LaGrange Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Leigh Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  E Stanley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Jones Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kachelman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pride Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  SW County Farm Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gadd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Young Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Blythe Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Preuit Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  W Key Cemetery [Map]      
  N Moore Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Holland Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shaw Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW George Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Tate - Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  N St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Flint Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE King Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE King Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Madding Cemetery [Map]      
  E Dillahunty Cemetery [Map]      
  E Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Faircloth Cemetery [Map]      
  N Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Duncan Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  W Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  W Woodland 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 Muscle Shoals in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Muscle Shoals.

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

South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Muscle Shoals
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Muscle Shoals
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Muscle Shoals
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Muscle Shoals
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Muscle Shoals
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Muscle Shoals
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Muscle Shoals
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Muscle Shoals
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Muscle Shoals
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 464 people in 2015)
 - Saint Florian 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 Muscle Shoals. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Muscle Shoals 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

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

Colbert     (The home county for Muscle Shoals)
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Muscle Shoals:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       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    
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
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Muscle Shoals:

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 'point-to-point' distance starting in Muscle Shoals. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Muscle Shoals) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Muscle Shoals. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Muscle Shoals

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Muscle Shoals. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7435, Longitude: -87.6337     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Muscle Shoals 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 Muscle Shoals, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Muscle Shoals.


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