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.
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 2016, 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 211 people in 2016) |
| - || 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 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.
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 Natural Bridge:
These websites are specific to Alabama:
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:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:
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.
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.|
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/
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Natural Bridge. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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, 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.