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Red Bay, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Red Bay ...

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 Red Bay (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 Red Bay. 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 the area of Red Bay ...

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 Red Bay.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Red Bay. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Red Bay and those printed in the larger area surrounding Red Bay.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> of Red Bay.

Cemeteries Near Red Bay ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Red Bay.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Red Bay City Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hillcrest Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Tharp Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Bullen Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Berry Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ridge Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW New Hope Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SE McCarley Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Gober Cemetery [Map]      
  E Halltown Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW White Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NNW Epps Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Burges Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Burgess Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Hodge Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Bennett Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NNW Mann Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Ridge Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Ridge Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Ebeneezer Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Burleson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Burnout Cemetery [Map]      
  E Burntout Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Weatherbee Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Belmont Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Butler Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Brazel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Osborn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Byram Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NNW Hale Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NE Patterson Strickland Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Old Bethel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Pates Temple Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Chasteene Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pilot Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pittsburg Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NNE Pleasant Site Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Lower Pleasant Site Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Lindsey Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N James Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fairview Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Locust Tree Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Old Union Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WSW Benefield Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SE Single Springs Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Baggett Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sparks Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bolin Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bolton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Joel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NW McRae Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Salem Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Martin Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Providence Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Donham Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Childers Family Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Overton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Union Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NW Phillips Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NW Bonds Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Moore Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  


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, Red Bay had a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Red Bay had a population of 3,131 people.

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

Belmont (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Red Bay
 - 1895 population of 24 people (with 2,039 people in 2015)
 - Belmont had a post office and no railroad service
Eastman (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Red Bay
 - Eastman had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Site   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Red Bay
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Pleasant Site had a post office and no railroad service
Shottsville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Red Bay
 - Shottsville had a post office and no railroad service
Good Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Good Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Red Bay
 - Good Springs had railroad service and no post office
Denton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Denton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Red Bay
 - Denton had a post office and no railroad service
Maud   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Red Bay
 - Maud had a post office and no railroad service
Hazeldell (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Red Bay
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Hazeldell had a post office and no railroad service
Tremont (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Red Bay
 - 1895 population of 19 people (with 466 people in 2015)
 - Tremont 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 Red Bay. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Red Bay 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Red Bay is located in Franklin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Franklin County: Colbert, Lawrence, Marion, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Franklin     (The home county for Red Bay)
      Burntout   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Twin   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Guin   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mantachie (MS)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
Lee (MS)
      Baldwyn (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Guntown (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saltillo (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Plantersville (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tupelo (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nettleton (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Verona (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shannon (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Smithville (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Amory (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cotton Gin Port (MS) - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Pontotoc (MS)
      Sherman (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jumpertown (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Red Bay:

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pontotoc County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Red Bay ...

While our initial data for Red Bay came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Red Bay 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 Red Bay.

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 Red Bay:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Red Bay in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Red Bay for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Red Bay.
      See our Misc Page for Red Bay for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Red Bay. 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 starting in Red Bay. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Red Bay) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Red Bay. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Red Bay

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Red Bay. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4357, Longitude: -88.1362     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Red Bay 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 Red Bay, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Red Bay.


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