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Our Genealogical Helper for Natural Bridge ...

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 Natural Bridge (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 Natural Bridge. 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 Natural Bridge ...

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 Natural Bridge.

  • Typical abbreviation for Natural Bridge: Natural Brg. (or less commonly used: Natural Brdg. or Natural Brdge.)

Newspapers Published in Natural Bridge ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Natural Bridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Natural Bridge, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Natural Bridge.

Cemeteries Near Natural Bridge ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Natural Bridge.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW West Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Concord Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Unknown Soldiers Grave [Map]      
  S Old Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  S O'Mary Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Dodd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Polly Dodd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Tittle Cemetery [Map]      
  N Poole Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cagle Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Ryefield Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sardis #1 Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Lovett - West Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Christ Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Crooked Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Crossroads Church of Christ Cemetery [Map]      
  S Philadelphia Deliverance Tabernacle Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lynn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Myers Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hoggle Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hoggle Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Rowell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dodd Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Milestone Mountain Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Millstone Mountain Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bold Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Clark Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bethel Missionary Baptist Church #2 Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ayers Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Thornhill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Potts Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Miles Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Enon Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Blue Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  E Holden Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Old Lovett Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Elliott Family Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Barton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Mars Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Norris Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Ingle Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ingle & Wakefield Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Ararat Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Kaeiser Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  E Barnes Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bright Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Whitehouse Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Haley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Brock Cemetery [Map]      
  N Boar Tush Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Botush Church Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Gold Mine Cemetery [Map]      
  N Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Green Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Halcomb Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hallmark Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Holcomb Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Beasley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW O'Mary Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sims Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ashbank Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ashbank Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Whatley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Blooming Youth Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Walker Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Old Bostick Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Boston Cemetery [Map]      
  N Burnett Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Weeks Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Walden Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethel Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Union Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Rocky Plains Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Ebron Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sutton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Ireland Cemetery [Map]      
  N Davis Family Cemetery North [Map]      
  N Davis Family Cemetery South [Map]      
  WNW Sims Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Brilliant Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Colburn Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Coalbed Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kelly Mill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Henryfield First Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Taylor Historical Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ireland Cemetery [Map]      
  N New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Trinity Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Burleson 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, Natural Bridge had a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Natural Bridge had a population of 36 people.

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

Lynn   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Natural Bridge
 - Lynn had a post office and railroad service
 
Delmar   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Natural Bridge
 - Delmar had a post office and railroad service
 
Gold Mine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Natural Bridge
 - Gold Mine had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ashbank   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Natural Bridge
 - Ashbank had a post office and no railroad service
 
Nauvoo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Natural Bridge
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 213 people in 2015)
 - Nauvoo had a post office and no railroad service
 
Haleyville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Natural Bridge
 - Haleyville had a post office and railroad service
 
Texas   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Natural Bridge
 - 1895 population of 306 people
 - Texas had a post office and no railroad service
 
Eldridge   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Natural Bridge
 - Eldridge had a post office and railroad service
 
Double Springs   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Natural Bridge
 - Double Springs 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 Natural Bridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Natural Bridge 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 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 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.

Natural Bridge is located in Winston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Winston County: Cullman, Franklin, Lawrence, Marion & Walker.

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

  DirectionDistance
Winston     (The home county for Natural Bridge)
      Lynn   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Houston   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arley   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Colbert
      Littleville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Cullman
      Crane Hill   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Logan   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Point   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Fayette
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Berry   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belk   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Franklin
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vina   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Lamar
      Beaverton   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Lawrence
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Marion
      Rock City   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Twin   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Guin   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Weston   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Morgan
      Danville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Walker
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Townley   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corona   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Patton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Natural Bridge:

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 Winston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence 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    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Winston County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Winston 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 ...
      Mississippi

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Natural Bridge ...

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

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 Natural Bridge:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
 
We have found Natural Bridge in these Censuses: 2010-2000
      See our Census Page for Natural Bridge for more information.
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Natural Bridge.
      See our Misc Page for Natural Bridge for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Winston County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 beginning in Natural Bridge. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Natural Bridge) 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 Natural Bridge. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Natural Bridge

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Natural Bridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0903, Longitude: -87.6012     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Natural Bridge 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 Natural Bridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Natural Bridge.



 
 
 

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