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Section, Alabama
(Colbert County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Section ...

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 Section (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 Section. 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 Section ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Section.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Section, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Section.

Cemeteries Near Section ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Section.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Madding Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Preuit Cemetery [Map]      
  S King Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE King Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cal Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Dillahunty Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  N Shaw Cemetery [Map]      
  W Leigh Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Stanley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE String Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Brickhouse Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cal Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Blythe Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Childers Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Davenport Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sheffield Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  W Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Rand Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW LaGrange Cemetery [Map]      
  S Roden Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lansdell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Abernathy Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Scruggs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Dobbins Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Fuqua Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mathews Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Perkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Foster Cemetery [Map]      
  N Faircloth Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  W Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Jenkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  E Rocky Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lee Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Warren Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Troupe Cemetery [Map]      
  W Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Ricks Cemetery [Map]      
  S King Cemetery [Map]      
  S Beavers Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Blackground Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bain Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Conner Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ashford Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Truitt Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gibson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Berry Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Westmoreland Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  W Adams Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Bickley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  S Masterson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Terry Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ashford Cemetery [Map]      
  E Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pearsall Cemetery [Map]      
  W Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gargas Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sanderson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jetton Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Terry Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mayes Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Garth Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bynum Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pippen Cemetery [Map]      
  E Tweedy Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lyle Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Yates Cemetery [Map]      
  N Douglass Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Young Cemetery [Map]      
  S Love Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Dossey Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Gilchrist Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ingram Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Belew Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  N Harden Cemetery [Map]      
  W Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Morning Star 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 Section in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Section.

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

Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Section
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Bingham   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Section
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Section
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
Town Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Section
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,065 people in 2015)
 - Town Creek had a post office and railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Section
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Section
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Avoca - Historic   [Map]
 - While Avoca was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Section
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Avoca had a post office and no railroad service
Courtland   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Section
 - 1895 population of 579 people (with 597 people in 2015)
 - Courtland had a post office and railroad service
Beach Grove   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Section
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Beach Grove 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 Section. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Section 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 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 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.

Section is located in Colbert County.

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

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

Colbert     (The home county for Section)
      Leighton   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Houston   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Section:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

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    
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    
Giles 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 Colbert County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Colbert 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 ...

Communities in Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Section. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7004, Longitude: -87.4764     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Section 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 Section, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Section.


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