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Rockwood, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rockwood ...

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 Rockwood (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 Rockwood. 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 Rockwood ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rockwood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rockwood, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rockwood.

Cemeteries Near Rockwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rockwood.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Steadham Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Keelen Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pounders Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Allen - McRight Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE McWright Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hamilton Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Welch Cemetery [Map]      
  W Walden Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pounders - Quinn Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Quinn Memorial Church of Christ Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wingo Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hester Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Allen Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Orman Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wilson - Nooe Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW New Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Lawler Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Moorman Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sparks Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Knights of Pythias Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Luketown Cemetery [Map]      
  N Willis Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Belgreen Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Belgreen Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mountain Home Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Old Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  S Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wade Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Scharnagle Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Spruce Pine Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sibley Cemetery [Map]      
  E Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sargent Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Kirk Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sadler Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Old Town Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Devaney Cemetery [Map]      
  N Burnt Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Jones Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Lawler Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  E Rea Cemetery [Map]      
  E Drake Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Franklin Memory Gardens [Map]      
  N Jonesboro Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Grissom Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cleveland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Edgar Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Brock Cemetery [Map]      
  S Shady Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S J.R. Swinney Family Cemetery [Map]      
  S Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dooley Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Blue Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Number 6 Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Kirkland Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Greenhill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Greenhill - Ezzell Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Phil Campbell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Frankfort Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bobo Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gravel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Ramsey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  N Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ezzell Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Frankfort Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Nauvoo Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mars Hill Community Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mountain View Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Watson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tharptown Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hyde Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bolton Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Massey Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Tompkins Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SW McCurley Cemetery [Map]      
  S Fortner Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Gray Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Counts Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Osborn Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Tharp Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bonds Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bolin Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sparks Chapel 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Rockwood had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Isbell   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Rockwood
 - Isbell had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rockwood
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,847 people in 2015)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Belgreen   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rockwood
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Belgreen had a post office and no railroad service
Spruce Pine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rockwood
 - Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rockwood
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rockwood
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rockwood
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Rockwood
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg 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 Rockwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rockwood 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Rockwood 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 Rockwood. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Rockwood:

Franklin     (The home county for Rockwood)
      Russellville   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vina   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Guin   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Rockwood:

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    
Fayette 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    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Itawamba 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    
Lawrence County (TN):       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 Rockwood ...

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

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 Rockwood:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Rockwood.
      See our Misc Page for Rockwood 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 Rockwood. 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' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Rockwood. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rockwood) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4551, Longitude: -87.7848     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockwood 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 Rockwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rockwood.


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