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Somerville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Somerville ...

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 Somerville (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 Somerville. 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 Somerville ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Somerville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Somerville, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Somerville.

Cemeteries Near Somerville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Somerville.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Somerville Cemetery [Map]      
  N Campbell Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Houston Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Gum Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Brindley Cemetery [Map]      
  S Garner Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  E Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Leemon Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Waugh Cemetery [Map]      
  S Garner Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wright Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Center Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Center Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Center Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kolb Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kyle Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Reed Cemetery [Map]      
  N Troup Cemetery [Map]      
  N Meyer Cemetery [Map]      
  W Slayton Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Reeves Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  E Redoak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Edmonson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Grantland Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Breeding Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Breeding Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Winton Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Price Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shoal Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Walnut Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Key Cemetery [Map]      
  S Childers Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lyle Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ratliff Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sand Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Burning Tree Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WNW Rountree Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Negro Mountain Cemetery [Map]      
  S Key Cemetery [Map]      
  S Turney Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Lawrence Cove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Blue Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Valhermoso Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Chunns Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Draper Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Ballinger Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Collier Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hunley Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cook Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pines Cemetery [Map]      
  E West Point Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Valermosos Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Draper Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Draper Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Triana Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Triana Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Batts - Ward Cemetery [Map]      
  N New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bishop Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hartselle Memory Gardens [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Falkville City Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Crosby Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW McCroskey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Eva Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Thomas Cemetery [Map]      
  N Blackwell - Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ashford Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Thatch Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Daniels Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Center Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Morrow Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lamons Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  E St.s Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Groves Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Barclay - Teney Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rowe Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Minor Hill 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 Somerville had a population of 264 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Somerville had a population of 716 people.

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

Stringer   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Somerville
 - Stringer had a post office and no railroad service
Woodland Mills   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Somerville
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Woodland Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Valhermoso Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Somerville
 - 1895 population of 312 people
 - Valhermoso Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Priceville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Somerville
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 3,179 people in 2015)
 - Priceville had a post office and no railroad service
Hartselle   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Somerville
 - 1895 population of 596 people (with 14,493 people in 2015)
 - Hartselle had a post office and railroad service
Leesdale   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Somerville
 - 1895 population of 153 people
 - Leesdale had a post office and railroad service
Falkville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Somerville
 - Falkville had a post office and railroad service
Talucah   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Somerville
 - Talucah had a post office and no railroad service
Triana   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Somerville
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 525 people in 2015)
 - Triana had a post office and no railroad service
Swancott   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Somerville
 - Swancott had a post office and no railroad service
Eva   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Somerville
 - Eva 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 Somerville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Somerville 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Somerville is located in Morgan County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Morgan County: Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall & Winston.

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

Morgan     (The home county for Somerville)
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Eva   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      East Point   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Langston   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wren   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Caro   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Triana   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Madison   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Normal   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arab   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Somerville:

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 Morgan County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Morgan County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Morgan County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Somerville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4693, Longitude: -86.7957     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Somerville 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 Somerville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Somerville.


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