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Norman, Alabama
(Perry County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Norman ...

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 Norman (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 Norman. 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 Norman ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Norman.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Norman, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Norman.

Cemeteries Near Norman ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Norman.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Mars Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Marion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW St. Wilfrids Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Edwards Cemetery [Map]      
  N Heard Cemetery [Map]      
  N Scarborough Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  W Midway Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Suttle Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Waters Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Barron - Wells Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Rasco Family Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Marion Junction Community Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Rasco Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pernell Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Witt Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Martin Cemetery [Map]      
  NE White Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Daniel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Elvins Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW DeYampert 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 Norman in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Norman.

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

Vilula   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Norman
 - Vilula had a post office and no railroad service
Hamburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Norman
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Hamburg had a post office and railroad service
Marion   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Norman
 - 1895 population of 1,982 people (with 3,447 people in 2015)
 - Marion had a post office and railroad service
Massillon - Historic   [Map]
 - While Massillon was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Norman
 - Massillon had a post office and railroad service
Marion Junction   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Norman
 - 1895 population of 176 people
 - Marion Junction had a post office and railroad service
Browns   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Norman
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Browns had a post office and railroad service
Harrell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Norman
 - Harrell had a post office and no railroad service
Sprott   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Norman
 - Sprott had a post office and no railroad service
Folsom   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Norman
 - Folsom 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 Norman. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Norman 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 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.

Norman is located in Perry County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Perry County: Bibb, Chilton, Dallas, Hale & Marengo.

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

Perry     (The home county for Norman)
      Marion   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      The Village   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jones   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brent   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Town   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Browns   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Selma   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Safford   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Minter   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Akron   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Benton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Providence   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Linden   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Camden   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Norman:

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 Perry County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Perry County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Perry 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Perry County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Perry County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Norman. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Norman) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Norman. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5568, Longitude: -87.2981     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Norman 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 Norman, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Norman.


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