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Northwood Forest, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Northwood Forest ...

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 Northwood Forest (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 Northwood Forest. 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 Northwood Forest ...

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 Northwood Forest.

  • Typical abbreviation for Northwood Forest: Northwood Frst.

Newspapers Published in Northwood Forest ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Northwood Forest.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Northwood Forest, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Northwood Forest.

Cemeteries Near Northwood Forest ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Northwood Forest.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Shirley Cemetery [Map]      
  S Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Flatwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Jennings Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Rices Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sunset Memorial Garden [Map]      
  ESE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Robertson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S West Highland Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  SE The Old Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Popular Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Carrolls Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Dodd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Center Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  W Big Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Old Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Coker Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Beautiful Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bone Camp Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Alberta Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Chambers Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Holt Cemetery [Map]      
  W AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Cedar Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Memory Hill Gardens [Map]      
  SE Darden Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pool Cemetery [Map]      
  W Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  W Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cowden Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Geer Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jerusalem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shake Rag Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Tuscaloosa Memorial Park [Map]      
  ENE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Prewitte Cemetery [Map]      
  N Prewitt Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cornelius Chapel #1 Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cornelius Chapel #2 Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Parker Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Winn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Harkey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Taylorville Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pole Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Garners Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Ruhama Cemetery [Map]      
  E Scales Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  N Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pate Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Robertson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gilgal Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cottondale Nature Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bankston Cemetery [Map]      
  N Simpson - Cain Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethabara Cemetery [Map]      
  N Arbor Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Tabernacle Cemetery [Map]      
  W Springer 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 Northwood Forest in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Northwood Forest.

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

Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Northwood Forest
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 98,332 people in 2015)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Northwood Forest
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Northwood Forest
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Northwood Forest
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Northwood Forest
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Samantha   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Northwood Forest
 - Samantha had a post office and no railroad service
Romulus   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Northwood Forest
 - Romulus had a post office and no railroad service
Foster's   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Northwood Forest
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Foster's had a post office and no railroad service
Sylvan   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Northwood Forest
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Sylvan 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 Northwood Forest. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Northwood Forest 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.

Northwood Forest is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Northwood Forest)
      Northport   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Coker   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Holt   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brent   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Townley   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Northwood Forest:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Northwood Forest. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2610, Longitude: -87.5895     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Northwood Forest 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 Northwood Forest, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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