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Proctor, Alabama
(Limestone County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Proctor ...

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 Proctor (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 Proctor. 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 Proctor ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Proctor.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Proctor, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Proctor.

Cemeteries Near Proctor ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Proctor.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hatchett Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  N Proctor Cemetery [Map]      
  W Benford Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Binford Cemetery [Map]      
  E Nebo Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Round Island Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cox Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Bridgeforth Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lucas Cemetery [Map]      
  E Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sunny Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Riddle Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Peck Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Burt Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tanner Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Burrell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Turner Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Flower Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Jobe Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Farrow Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Murphy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Minor Cemetery [Map]      
  S Neville Cemetery [Map]      
  S Grayson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Macklin Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
  N Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ripley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Valley View Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gordon Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Locklayer Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Bobo Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Clardy Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Elliott Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lile Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lile Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Wimbley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mosley Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pryor Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE West Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Shackelford Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Elliott Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Davchport Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Decatur Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Polly Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Brooks Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hardy Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cramer Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Foster - Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Barclay Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Graves Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Ennix Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW McBride Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Reynolds Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pleasant Point Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Trotter Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Fennell Cemetery [Map]      
  S Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Roselawn Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Dancy Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Weir Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Roselawn Cemetery [Map]      
  N O'Neal Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Newman Cemetery [Map]      
  W Porter Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Cottingham Cemetery [Map]      
  S Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Crenshaw Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cambridge Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Wiggins Cemetery [Map]      
  N McCully Cemetery [Map]      
  N Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  N Berea Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shoemaker Cemetery [Map]      
  N Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Early Cemetery [Map]      
  W Jones Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Brides Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Hacklin Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Rainwater Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Vaughan Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Penny Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Clardy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
  S Stockton Cemetery [Map]      
  S Burleson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Adkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Elk River Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ESE Gamble Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bibb Cemetery [Map]      
  E Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Lentzville Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  N Myers Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Townsend Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dement Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lucy Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pointer 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 Proctor in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Proctor.

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

Ripley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Proctor
 - Ripley had a post office and no railroad service
Blackburn   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Proctor
 - Blackburn had a post office and no railroad service
Harris Station   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Proctor
 - Harris Station had railroad service and no post office
Poplar Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Proctor
 - Poplar Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Decatur Junction   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Proctor
 - Decatur Junction had railroad service and no post office
Athens   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Proctor
 - 1895 population of 940 people (with 24,966 people in 2015)
 - Athens had a post office and railroad service
Hillsboro   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Proctor
 - 1895 population of 308 people (with 519 people in 2015)
 - Hillsboro had a post office and railroad service
Simpson   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Proctor
 - Simpson 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 Proctor. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Proctor 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.

Proctor is located in Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Limestone County: Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Giles (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Limestone     (The home county for Proctor)
      Tanner   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Normal   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Proctor:

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 Limestone 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    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall 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    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lincoln 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 Limestone County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Limestone 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 ...

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About Limestone County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Limestone 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 that stretches from Proctor. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Proctor) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Proctor. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7143, Longitude: -87.0567     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Proctor 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 Proctor, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Proctor.


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