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South Florence, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for South Florence ...

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 South Florence (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 South Florence. 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.

Name Variations for South Florence ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with South Florence.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Florence: S. Florence

Newspapers Published in South Florence ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Florence.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Florence, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Florence.

Cemeteries Near South Florence ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of South Florence.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  E Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery [Map]      
  N Florence Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pearsall Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Smith Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  N Gresham Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  S Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  S Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  E Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Kachelman Cemetery [Map]      
  N Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  N Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  W Smith Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Key Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW George Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jones Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Flint Cemetery [Map]      
  W Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  N Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Pride Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Donley Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bickley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
  E Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  E McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Duncan Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Chisholm Cemetery [Map]      
  W Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ricks Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Tate - Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Winbourn Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Walston Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Simpson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW County Farm Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gadd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Isbell Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Rand Cemetery [Map]      
  E Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Simmons Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pearson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Holland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jenkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SE LaGrange Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Leigh Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Stanley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McGee Cemetery [Map]      
  N Piney Grove 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 South Florence had a population of 63 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from South Florence
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from South Florence
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from South Florence
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from South Florence
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from South Florence
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 464 people in 2015)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from South Florence
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Florence
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from South Florence
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland had a post office and no railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Florence
 - Hunter 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 South Florence. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Florence 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 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.

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

Colbert     (The home county for South Florence)
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Florence   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 South Florence:

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    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hardin 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for South Florence ...

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

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 South Florence:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
The GNIS database contains an entry for South Florence.
      See our Misc Page for South Florence for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for South Florence. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from South Florence. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Florence) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Florence. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7765, Longitude: -87.6681     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Florence 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 South Florence, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for South Florence.


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