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North Florence, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for North Florence ...

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 North Florence (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 North Florence. 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 North Florence ...

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 North Florence.

  • Typical abbreviation for North Florence: N. Florence

Newspapers Published in North Florence ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around North Florence.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of North Florence, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for North Florence.

Cemeteries Near North Florence ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of North Florence.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Florence Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ENE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gresham Cemetery [Map]      
  N Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Kachelman Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  NW George Cemetery [Map]      
  N Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NE St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  W Flint Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Smith Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pearsall Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Jones Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  N Chisholm Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Duncan Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tate - Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Simmons Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  W Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Walston Cemetery [Map]      
  W Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Key Cemetery [Map]      
  S Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pearson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Winbourn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Simpson Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McGee Cemetery [Map]      
  N Parsonage Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pride Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Donley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  W Noel Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bickley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Paulk Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Peck Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Canerday Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rowell 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 North Florence in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of North Florence.

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

Florence   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from North Florence
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from North Florence
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from North Florence
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from North Florence
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from North Florence
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 464 people in 2015)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from North Florence
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from North Florence
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from North Florence
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland had a post office and no railroad service
Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from North Florence
 - Bailey 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 North Florence. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring North Florence 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 and hospitals 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.

North Florence is located in 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 North Florence. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to North Florence:

Lauderdale     (The home county for North Florence)
      Florence   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Killen   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Paden (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]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 North Florence:

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    
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 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
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in North Florence. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- North Florence) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North Florence. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8184, Longitude: -87.6806     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for North Florence 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 North Florence, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for North Florence.


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